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  • "California Roll" Salad
    (Sushi Rice Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, and Scallions) Sushi fans will recognize this salad as a California roll unrolled. For those who...
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  • Arugula Salad with Manchego, Apples, and Caramelized Walnuts
    Linda Forst of Mukilteo, Washington, writes: "I attended a conference in Anaheim, California, and went to dinner at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar in...
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  • Beef Short Ribs in Chipotle and Green Chili Sauce
    Market Tip: Pick well-trimmed ribs with a thick solid portion of meat on the bone.
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  • Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots
    This full-bodied stew will bring the crowd running when you lift the lid. First, pieces of chuck are browned to develop their flavor, then...
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  • Boeuf Bourguignon
    ·Boeuf bourguignon may be made 1 day ahead. Cool, uncovered, then chill, covered (it tastes even better made ahead because it gives the flavors...
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  • Buttery Corn Bread
    "I go this recipe from a long-time friend several years ago and it's my most-used. I love to serve this melt-in-your mouth corn bread hot from the oven with butter and syrup. It gets rave reviews on holidays and at potluck dinners. --Nicole Callen Auburn, California"
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  • California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
    "I came up with this recipe to entertain friends. Since I am a semi-vegetarian and love to BBQ, I am always inventing something new. The first time I made this, my meat-lover friends raved about this dish! I prefer mesquite coals over gas barbeques...however, either works fine."
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  • California Italian Wedding Soup
    "This is my variation of a standard recipe. I like fresh basil and a little lemon rind, so those are basically my only changes. This is a quick and easy soup with flavors that impress all."
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  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce
    Troy Hile of Santa Barbara, California , writes: "The Chocolate Scream! cake — a flourless chocolate cake — served at Los Olivos Cafe & Wine...
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  • Fragrant Beef Curry with Rice
    "An Indian friend of my mother's gave her this recipe for beef curry back in 1936," writes Bill Goodhue of Chino, California. "The recipe has...
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  • French Onion Soup
    This version of the classic is gorgeously cheesy, not gunky. Slow cooking gives the broth depth of flavor and a silky texture.
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  • Gratineed Chicken in Cream Sauce (Poulet à la Fermiere)
    This recipe was inspired by a dish that a group of our food editors enjoyed at Chez Maître Paul, a Paris bistro. As the name suggests, poulet à...
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  • Hannah's Pancakes

    Bev Heinecke of San Anselmo, California, writes: \"Many of our favorite family recipes come from my mother-in-law, Hannah, who was a wonderful cook. When my sons were younger I made her chocolate macaroons and pancakes all the time. I don't make them quite as often as I used to, but they're still a hit with my husband.\"

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    The fluffy texture of these tender pancakes comes from folding beaten egg whites into the batter.

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  • Mascarpone Cheesecake
    Arden Zalman of Sebastopol, California, writes: "My husband and I dined at Syrah, in Santa Rosa, California. The food was delicious, the...
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  • Mediterranean Chicken Salad
    Paulette Sexton of Tustin, California, writes: "Although I've loved to cook since I was a kid, I didn't really hone my kitchen skills until my...
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  • Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing
    Juli Tsuchiya-Waldron of Tokyo, Japan, writes: "I was born in California but moved to Tokyo with my family when I was 6 years old. Now I'm 19,...
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  • Puffed Apple Pancake
    Sherry Sharp of Fremont, California, writes: "The Arroyo Village Inn is a lovely bed-and-breakfast in Arroyo Grande, California. During my recent...
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  • Unstuffing Side Dish
    "With sausage, mushrooms, celery and the perfect blend of seasonings, this moist dressing is irresistible. I like to call it 'Unstuffing' since it bakes separately from the turkey, which I do on the grill. -Ken Churches, San Andreas, California"
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