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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: Port Angeles, Washington, USA
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My husband and I moved to Port Angeles, Wa three years ago from Flagstaff, Az. We are on the search for the ideal place to live and are still deciding if this is it. We would like to sell everything and travel but until we figure out how to do that with three big dogs, we are staying here.

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Wes McEldoon 

Home Town: Signal Hill, California, USA
About me: Retired medical doctor, into running and fitness. I used to live in Tucson and learned the different regional styles of Mexican food. Italian is another favorite.
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No-Frying Eggplant Parmesan

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2014 by ANNE102371   view full review
Great recipe. This was my first attempt at Eggplant Parmesan and it turned out great. I only...

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2014 by Bizeeymom   view full review
Loved it on the grill.

Washabinaros Chili

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2014 by Anna-Bat   view full review
Excellent chili! Upped the sausage to 1 lb, used a jalapeno because the store didn't have any...

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