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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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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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I started cooking at the age of 8, with my mother. I then moved to resturants as a teenager and by that age of 20 was a chefs assistant. I went into the Military and left the professional cooking behind but have continued to cook for myself, friends and family since then. I'm about 53 and so I have been cooking for 45 years.

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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Pleasant Hill, California, USA
Living In: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
About me: Attended Lake Region Vocational Culinary Arts I & II from 2000-2002 featuring many items on the Restaurant menu along with participating in the school-to-work program at Olde Mill…
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Pilar Diaz Navarro 

Cooking Level: Expert
Home Town: El Paso, Texas, USA
Living In: Menifee, California, USA
About me: Semi retired, maaried mother and grandmother. Love time spent in garden. Grow hers, chilis,tomatoes,strawberries,grapes and flowers.
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John Aparicio 

Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: Fresno, California, USA

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Southwestern Black Bean Stew

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by MELAYA   view full review
I had 8 ounces of already taco seasoned ground beef. I through that and some chopped onion in...

Easy Macaroni Tuna Casserole

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by LADYM23   view full review
This was great, quick and easy. Daughter loved it and I had to get her to stop at 2 helpings....

Sauteed Mushrooms

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2014 by Jewels   view full review
Easy and delicious. Other than cleaning and slicing the mushrooms, this is a quick side dish....

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