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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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I'm a law student in Washington, DC. Going to the grocery store to find new ingredients and cooking up new meals is my favorite outlet to relieve the stress of school. I don't feel guilty about taking time to cook my food because if you're going to have it eat, it should at least taste good and be healthy.

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Sopa de Fideos

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2014 by Denisse Takes   view full review
It was alright. I didn't care for the tomato mixture. Next time I'll try it without it.

Creamy Spiced Coleslaw

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2014 by just_jam   view full review
this was so delicious! i halved the mayo and left out the sugar but kept the rest the same.. i...

Authentic Mexican Chili Rellenos

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I made these with steps my Mom used to do. Take out the seeds before anything else! I used a...

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