A Visit to the Birthplace of California Cuisine

Whether you live in California or not, you probably have heard the term “California Cuisine.” What exactly does California Cuisine refer to in popular food culture?

In the book Culture and Customs of the United States: Culture (Shearer, Benjamin F., Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, Pages 212-213), culture expert Benjamin F. Shearer summarized the features of California Cuisine with two phrases: “locally grown fresh ingredients” and “a fusion of tastes from all over the world.” Indeed, in popular food literature and review, California Cuisine is always associated with freshly prepared local ingredients and internationally influenced fusion dishesContinue reading

A Colorful Stew without Gravy

Image-MainStew often comes with gravy—thickened with flour, starch, oil, or other added sauces. Making stew is usually a slow-cooking process. What if you want to have a warm, hearty stew dish but you are short of time? What if you want to stay away from the heavy gravy which can pack a lot of unhealthy fat and salt?  Continue reading