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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Rating: 4.82 stars
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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Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.71 stars
I'm from San Diego and these taste just like home! We live in the south now, and nobody has heard of these! Serve with homemade pico de gallo, and lime wedges to squeeze on top!

California-Thai Flank Steak

Rating: 4.42 stars
This Thai-inspired marinated steak is a family favorite. Serve with basmati rice, a fresh salad and/or soup, and fresh fruit for desert!

Authentic Mexican Chili Rellenos

Rating: 4.6 stars
This is an authentic Mexican recipe that has been handed down for generations in my family.

Mom's Favorite Baked Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.51 stars
This is a macaroni and cheese I first made 3 years ago when I was in California. When I got back to Texas I made it for my mom. This is now her favorite baked macaroni and cheese. She begs me to make it when I come to visit.

Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

Rating: 4.83 stars
The town of Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America's most delicious barbecue specialties: black-on-the-outside, pink-on-the-inside, grilled beef tri-tip steak. The tri-tip is cut from the bottom sirloin, and if cooked properly produces a very flavorful, extremely juicy piece of beef.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Rating: 4.52 stars
A topping of spicy barbeque sauce, diced chicken, cilantro, peppers, and onion all covered with cheese, and baked to bubbly goodness! This is similar to a recipe I had at a popular pizza place in California. My family LOVES it!

Quick Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.55 stars
This simple yet scrumptious recipe has a nice kick and is a house favorite. Delicious!
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Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.6 stars
I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple.


Rating: 4.77 stars
A wonderful seafood stew! Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth!

Fish Chowder

Rating: 4.62 stars
The fishermen of Bodega Bay, California shared this favorite, quick and easy recipe with my sister during a Fish Festival. It is one of the best chowders I've had, and my kids love it too! We top with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice. Enjoy!

Fish Taco Sauce

Rating: 4.71 stars
I use this sauce for my fish tacos. You can make this ahead and keep in the fridge. You can substitute any hot sauce for the sriracha.

Inspiration and Ideas

16 California Recipes That Celebrate the Best of the West

California is one long slice of culinary creativity. stretching from the fish tacos of San Diego to the cioppino and sourdough breads of San Francisco, and beyond. Dig into the best of the West!

Mexican Street Vendor Style Corn Salad

Rating: 4.52 stars

I lived in southern California for many years. Around Cinco de Mayo, there would be fiestas in our neighborhood. Vendors sold grilled corn on the cob prepared with butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chile powder and a lime wedge. They were so delicious! After moving, we'd crave this corn, so I altered the recipe using canned corn and mixed in the same ingredients for a similar treat that doesn't require an outdoor grill.