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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: South Gate, California, USA
Living In: Folsom, California, USA
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Chef Russell Landers is a sought-after private chef, who specializes in creating memorable private parties and events in the comfort of your own home. "Your At Home Chef" works to design a personalized menu of hors d'oeuvres, tapas, wine pairing or full-service dinners at a much more reasonable price than other caterers. www.yourathomechef.com 916/337-8613

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Cooking Level: Professional
Living In: San Jose, California, USA
About me: My name i Fatima I from the ilands of the Azores, I do love to leave in the US but i also love to go every 2 years to visit my family.
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Cooking Level: Beginning
Living In: Santa Monica, California, USA
 

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Best Hamburger Ever

Reviewed on May 22, 2015 by Just Tabitha & me   view full review
This recipe, except for the soy sauce, rosemary & oregano, and a lack of quick oats, is my...

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed on May 22, 2015 by caquilter   view full review
I made this for our groups monthly senior citizen luncheon. Most are from the South, and...

T's Smoky Noodle Bowl

Reviewed on May 22, 2015 by Chef T   view full review
Ohhh the broth!! Gotta drink every last drop!!

 
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