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The Golden State has emerged as America’s culinary capital. In the late 1970s, California chefs created California cuisine, an innovative hybrid that favors simple preparations using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. It has also benefited from Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin influences. No fad, California cuisine today is an important contemporary culinary approach that has caught on throughout the country. The Golden State can also claim inspiration for many of our favorite foods. Though the hamburger had been around, the illustrous cheeseburger was invented in Pasadena in 1920. Other California creations include the Popsicle, hot fudge sundae, canned fruit cocktail, and French dip sandwich. In the 1930s, Hollywood's Brown Derby restaurant was the birthplace of both the Cobb salad and Shirley Temple. Creamy Green Goddess Dressing was dreamed up by a San Francisco chef in the 1920s. More recently, the fruit smoothie, fish taco, and California sushi roll have come out of the Golden State to nationwide success. Almost all of America’s almonds, walnuts, olives, artichokes, pistachios, and 9 of every 10 bottles of wine that we drink come out of California.
 

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Easy Cashew Sea Salt Toffee

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2014 by *~Lissa~*   view full review
oh man, oh man, oh man! I love toffee, and this is sooooo easy that it might turn out to be...

A Crock of Curried Pork Soup

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2014 by maccordeiro   view full review
I only used 1 1/2 tbs of curry

Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2014 by CHERYLSKITCHEN   view full review
This was delicious! Family says this is a keeper. I had medium to large size red potatoes...

 
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