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20 Recipes from California (and 1 from Virginia) SENTIMENTAL RECIPES CURATED BY GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS

Design and photography by Isabela Presedo-Floyd in 2019. This book is typeset in Fugaz One, Lantinghei SC, and Roboto.

20 Recipes from California (and 1 from Virginia) SENTIMENTAL RECIPES CURATED BY GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS

Table of Contents Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Introduction What’s This Book About? Maps California and Virginia

Northern California. . . . . . . . . 8 Zucchini Bread Pleasant Hill Banana Muffins Oakland Pasta with Homemade Marinara Sauce Danville Croatian Sarma San Carlos Sweet Homemade Granola Redwood City Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Fremont Turnip Cake Sunnyvale Savory Steamed Cabbage San Jose Tofu Tacos Santa Cruz

Southern California . . . . . . . . 38 Chicken Pozole (Hominy) San Luis Obispo Madeleines San Luis Obispo Pollo al la Brasa Thousand Oaks Pháť&#x; GĂ (Vietnamese Chicken Pho) Monterey Park Sichuan Dry-Pot Cauliflower El Monte Mango and Sticky Rice Santa Monica Homestyle Mac and Cheese Manhattan Beach Carne en su Jugo Jalisco Style Tustin Marble Bundt Cake Laguna Beach Holiday Ranch Crackers San Diego Molletes National City

Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Meatloaf Falls Church

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21 graphic design students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were asked to submit recipes that were significant to them as part of a class project; I wanted to highlight their stories, particularly the geography of a unique combination of recipes. This collection is an opportunity to explore what food is being made where, made especially interesting by the implication that many of these recipes have traveled along with the families who keep them. Below is the list of cities recipes were submitted from. 1 Pleasant Hill

11 Thousand Oaks

2 Oakland

12 Monterey Park

3 Danville

13 El Monte

4 San Carlos

14 Santa Monica

5 Redwood City

15 Manhattan Beach

6 Fremont

16 Tustin

7 Sunnyvale

17 Laguna Beach

8 San Jose

18 San Diego

9 Santa Cruz

19 National City

10 San Luis Obispo

20 Falls Church

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Zucchini Bread PLEASANT HILL, CA

This recipe has always been a special dessert, snack, or breakfast treat in my family’s household. It is something that I’m always excited for when my grandma sends us homemade treats for the winter holidays. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch! —Erica Kemp

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Ingredients 3 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup grated carrots

Directions Makes one loaf of bread. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla extract. In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture until well blended. Stir in zucchini and carrots. Bake in 2 greased and lightly floured loaf pans. Bake 350° F for 60 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes. Loosen sides and remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing. Can be frozen—double wrap.

Banana Muffins OAKLAND, CA

I chose this recipe because it makes me feel good about myself. Sometimes I say that they’re healthy to justify making them. But actually, these muffins have, like, zero nutritional value. I also chose this recipe because I often buy bananas and then forget I bought them until they get hecka ripe. Then I’m like “Oh, I should probably eat those.” So this is a good recipe for non-overly-ripe-bananawasters. This recipe is significant to me because once I ate a lot of these muffins instead of buying normal food. These banana muffins sustained me for almost a week. I would not be here today if not for this basic banana muffin recipe. —Calista Lam

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Ingredients 1–1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 medium ripe bananas

1 cup sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions Makes 12 muffins. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mash the bananas. Add egg, oil and vanilla; mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 375° F for 18–22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pasta with Homemade Marinara Sauce DANVILLE, CA

When I was growing up, my mom always made pasta with marinara sauce for my brother and I. She learned the recipe from visiting her grandmother in Italy and watching her in the kitchen. Although this dish has been made countless times across generations, this is the first time the recipe has ever been written down. —Sam Rogers

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Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped 6 garlic cloves, pressed 1 28oz can of San Marzano tomatoes, undrained

1/2 tsp of ground black pepper 1 tsp of garlic powder 1 tbsp of dry basil

1 can of tomato paste

1/4 cup of white wine

3 tbsp of olive oil

1 box of penne pasta

1 tsp of salt

Directions Makes 5–6 servings. While waiting for the water to boil, heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and sauté until they become transparent. Add the San Marzano tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir until evenly mixed. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, and white wine and let it simmer on low for 15 minutes. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Then add a large pinch of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, the box of penne pasta. Let it boil for about 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta, pour the sauce over it and enjoy!

Croatian Sarma SAN CARLOS, CA

Sarma is a traditional Croatian dish that begins its preparation as early as six weeks before the time it will be served, on Christmas day. This recipe is made across many Croatian households and is always the main dish we serve during Christmas dinner, but continues to feed us well beyond Christmas day (as it is often made in large quantities and always has leftovers). While it is long process, it is an important tradition that we enjoy keeping alive for the holiday despite the terrible smell the pickled cabbage has on its own, another reminder to always store the pickling bucket outside and away from any windows. Not joking. —Nikolina Çargonja

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PLEASE NOTE This recipe is broken into two parts: Pickled Cabbage and Sarma. The pickled cabbage takes six weeks to prepare.

Ingredients 1–2 large heads of sour cabbage (sauerkraut) 1 rack of smoked pork ribs 1 lb ground pork 1 lb ground beef or veal 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 1 onion finely chopped 2–3 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp Vegeta 1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 cup of beer for binding (classic recipes use eggs (1–2) but it makes the meat harder) Jar of chopped sauerkraut (optional)

Directions: Pickled Cabbage Makes 20 Sarme (Serves about 10, 2 per person). Core the cabbage heads and add a handful of rock salt or coarse salt into core head of cabbage(s) and place into a clean/sterile bucket. Fill bucket with water until covered. Place heavy covering on top so cabbage stays fully submerged. Let pickle (sour) for 6 weeks.

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Directions: Sarma Mix all ingredients together in large bowl (except cabbage and ribs). Separate the cabbage leaves making sure to keep each leaf intact. Form small oblong rolls of meat mixture (about 1/2 cup) and wrap/roll each one into an individual cabbage leaf, tucking sides in, creating Sarma rolls. Layer bottom of a large pot with leftover cabbage leaves or sauerkraut. Add a layers of Sarma rolls followed by a layer of pork ribs. Continue layers until you run out of rolls or room in your pot. Finish off with a little more sauerkraut or cabbage leaves. Fill pot with water to just cover, or you can use brine from your cabbage if you like it a little more sour. Bring to boil then simmer for on low for 3 hours, add water if necessary. Optional: add a little tomato sauce. Serve by itself or with mashed potatoes.

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Always store the pickling bucket outside and away from any windows. Not joking.

Sweet Homemade Granola REDWOOD CITY, CA

This recipe is significant to me because it is one of the first dishes my family started making every week after we moved houses. It has a consistently sweet and delicately fruity taste and instantly makes you feel at home. Best served with plain or vanilla yogurt and a fruit of your choice! —Mariana Silverman

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Ingredients 3 cups of rolled oats

2 cups dried fruit

1 1/2 cups of smashed raw almonds

3/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions Preheat oven to 250° F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (includes the oats, almonds, coconut, and fruit). Whisk together the coconut oil and maple syrup and then heat in a microwave for 30 seconds. Add the wet mixture directly to the oats mixture, mix well. Combine all (if you haven’t already) in a large bowl. Spread it evenly on a (or several) parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle salt on finished product. Store in an air-tight container—will NEVER expire. Money back guarantee.

紅臊牛肉麵 Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup FREMONT, CA

I chose this recipe because it reminds me of when my mom would make it during the winter to keep us warm. My whole family would eat it together and I associate it with warm, happy feelings. Although I don’t visit Taiwan often, at least I have this recipe to remind me of my roots. —Amber Chiang

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PLEASE NOTE This recipe is broken into three parts: Beef Bone Stock, Braised Beef, and Sauerkraut Topping.

Ingredients: Beef Bone Stock Ingredients 2 kg of big bones of cattle 1 broiler chicken 1 large slice of onion 1 large carrot 8 cloves of garlic 3 star anise 2 tsp peppercorns 3 pieces of nutmeg, cracked

2 pieces of cardamom, cracked 10 slices of ginger 2 sticks of cinnamon 2 bay leaves 1/4 bottle of rice wine A little bit of Chenpi (sun-dried tangerine peel)

Directions: Beef Bone Stock Makes four or five bowls of beef noodles. Place 2 kg of big bones of cattle, 1 broiler chicken, 1 large slice of onion, 1 large piece of carrot, 8 cloves of garlic, and put them in a baking pan. Apply a little oil. Put it in a 400° F oven and bake for about half an hour (turn it halfway) until the surface is browned. If you find that the bones and meat are starting to burn in the middle, turn the temperature down a bit. Put the baked ingredients in a large stockpot (at least 12 liters) and add 10 liters of water. Pour hot water into the

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baking pan and pour the juices at the bottom of the pan into the stockpot. Put in 2 pieces of bay leaf, 3 pieces of nutmeg, 10 pieces of ginger, 1 piece of celery, 1/4 bottle of rice wine, a few pieces of black pepper. Boil and then turn to low heat, cover, and cook for at least three hours. It is best to cook for more than five hours. Skim in the middle, but do not stir. After cooking and cooling, pick up the oil on the surface and filter out the stock. If you only need the broth for the beef noodle recipe above, use about 1/2 kilogram of beef bone, add about 3 liters of water, and cook 2.5 liters of broth. The whole recipe makes about four or five bowls of beef noodles, each bowl requiring about 500 mL of soup.

Ingredients Braised Beef Ingredients: 1 kg well-marbled beef chuck 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced 1 onion, thinly sliced 8 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp spicy bean paste 1 tbsp Shacha (sand tea sauce)

A little white pepper powder 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tbsp rock sugar 4 tbsp rice wine Fresh white noodles 2 to 2.5 liters of beef bone soup

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Directions: Braised Beef Cut the beef into cubes and boil it until there is no blood. (The meat should be cut to 1/3 more than the size you want after cooking because it will shrink during cooking.) Bake the spices in a dry pan and placed them in a cloth bag or tea bag. Put the oil in the pan, first simmer the ginger, then add the onion and stir fry until golden. Continue to put a little sesame oil and put the garlic and pepper to the scent (the onion is thinly sliced and is easy to melt into the soup when stewed). Pour the sauce into the pot and continue to put spicy bean paste, sand tea sauce, rock sugar, and white pepper to bring out the fragrance. Put the boiled beef and stir fry for a few minutes. Put in the tomato and fry until it is soft. Add beef bone broth, rice wine, and the spice bag. The stewing time is as follows: More fat, beef ribs/boneless short ribs — within 1 hour or less Moderately oily parts, brisket or flank — 2 hours No fat, but delicate meat — 2 hours If you use a pressure cooker, it can be done in 1 hour and 20 minutes (refers to the traditional pressure cooker, not electronic).

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Skim the oil floating on top of the soup. Boil the noodles and two pieces of Taiwanese cabbage. Put in a bowl, add the beef and soup, fried sauerkraut, parsley, and chopped green onion.

Ingredients: Sauerkraut Topping 8 tbsp of sauerkraut

Green onions, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp sugar

2 red peppers, thinly sliced

Directions Soak the sauerkraut in water to remove excess salt. Squeeze out the water and chop. Put a little oil in a pot and sautĂŠ the minced garlic and pepper. Add the sauerkraut, add a little sugar, stir-fry over the medium heat. Chop the green onion and add toppings to the beef noodle soup.

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I associate it with warm, happy feelings

蘿蔔糕 Turnip Cake SUNNYVALE, CA

I chose this recipe because it is one of my favorite meals that my mom would make for me. She would usually make it during Chinese New Year's and cook them for breakfast. It is also a main dish in dim sum, that is usually accompanied by hot tea. I also just miss Chinese food. (Disclaimer: does not include any turnip, it is just the more well-known name when ordering.) —Michelle Cao

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Ingredients 1 1/4 cups of rice flour

1 scallion

1–1 1/2 cups of water

5 pieces of dried Chinese black mushroom

2 pieces of Chinese style sausage

1 tsp salt/pepper

1 fresh daikon radish

Cooking oil

1 ounce dried shrimp

Soy sauce or oyster sauce

Directions Makes 3–4 servings. Let the dried mushroom and dried shrimp sit in cold water for 30 minutes. Chop the scallion and dice the sausage and mushroom. Grate the radish. Add grated radish and 1 cup water to large pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so the radish does not brown. Scoop the cooked radish into a large mixing bowl to cool. Next, pour the remaining liquid into a measuring cup and fill the rest with water until you have 1 cup of liquid and pour it back in with the cooked radish. Heat your pan over medium heat and add a two tablespoons oil. Add the dried shrimp, mushrooms, and sausage and cook for about 5 minutes. Then stir in the chopped scallion and remove from the heat to cool. Add rice flour, salt, sugar, and white pepper to the mixing bowl with the radish and cooking liquid. Mix until all the

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dry ingredients are well-incorporated. Add in the cooked scallion, shrimp, mushrooms and sausage into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a well-oiled pan. Place the pan into a steamer and steam on medium-high heat for half an hour. Once finished, let it cool completely before cutting into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Then fry the pieces on a well-oiled pan with medium low heat. Enjoy by dipping into soy sauce or oyster sauce!

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It is also a main dish in dim sum, that is usually accompanied by hot tea. I also just miss Chinese food.

Savory Steamed Cabbage SAN JOSE, CA

I chose this recipe because I love its story. When my mother and her family moved from Uruguay to the United States, my grandfather was going to college in South Carolina. Because of this, they lived in student housing near other immigrant families. My grandmother often traded recipes with their neighbors, this recipe originally belonging to a Chinese immigrant family who lived next door. This recipe blended cultures once more when my mother moved to Louisiana years later and adopted the tradition of preparing black eyed peas and cabbage as a New Year’s Day meal. While her black eyed peas recipe was drawn from Louisiana, she has always prepared the cabbage in this style. —Isabela Presedo-Floyd

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Ingredients 2 tbsp of cooking oil (I recommend avocado oil for its high smoking point.) 3 green onions or scallions, chopped (Can also be substituted by 2 tbsp of chopped onion, if necessary.)

1 tbsp of minced garlic 1/2 head of cabbage 1/2 cup of water 2 tbsp of soy sauce

Directions Makes 4 servings Cut the head of cabbage in half, then chop it into large pieces. Remove any bruised or wilted leaves. Chop green onions or scallions. Peel and mince garlic. In a large, lidded pot, mix the cooking oil, green onions or scallions, and garlic. Cook on medium to high until the green onions or scallions become slightly translucent and the garlic starts to brown. Turn the heat down to medium. Add the chopped cabbage and stir so that the oil, green onions or scallions, and garlic are evenly mixed. Then add a 1/4 cup of water and cover the pot, letting the cabbage steam for about a minute and a half or until bright green. Stir again, add another 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Cover and let steam for about a minute and a half. This time the cabbage will be a little less bright green, but it should be more tender. Add more soy sauce

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to taste. Turn off the stove and stir until the cabbage reaches desired tenderness. Originally, this cabbage was to be served over noodles (My family always says spaghetti, though they admit that is because spaghetti was the only type of noodle they could easily find in the U.S. at the time.), though we often serve it with other dishes (like black eyed peas) or own its own.

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My grandmother oſten traded recipes with their neighbors


My mom always made this for us as kids, great spicy Mexican-type vegetarian food that literally everyone loves. It is a quick dinner, and makes great leftovers (good hot or cold) and also is good with whatever veggies you have around the house that you want to get rid of. —Emma Hoban

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Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 1/2 onion, chopped or 1 tbsp onion powder 2 cloves garlic, crushed or 1 tsp garlic powder 1 small bell pepper, diced (optional) 1/2 pound firm tofu, crumbled (about 1 cup)

1/4 tsp each: cumin and oregano 1 tbsp soy sauce 1/4 cup tomato sauce Corn tortillas Green onions, chopped Lettuce, washed and torn Tomatoes, diced

1 tbsp chili powder

Avocado, diced

1 tbsp nutritional yeast


Directions Makes 4 tacos. SautĂŠ onion, garlic and bell pepper in oil for 2 to 3 minutes, then add tofu, chili powder, yeast, cumin, oregano, and soy sauce. Cook three minutes then add tomato sauce and simmer over low heat until mixture is fairly dry. Place a small amount of the tofu mixture on a tortilla and fry and 1 tablespoon oil on both sides until crisp. Garnish with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, avocado, and salsa.

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Chicken Pozole (Hominy) SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

I chose this recipe because it’s not just a family recipe, it’s a traditional soup or stew in Mexico. Every family has their own way of making it, some add Chile peppers or other minor ingredients, but it’s essentially the same, this is just how my family makes it in special events like Christmas or New Year's. —David Del Pilar

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Ingredients 100 oz can of hominy (any brand) 1 gallon of water 1 whole chicken 1/2 of a cabbage 2 cloves garlic 2 branches of thyme 5 branches of cilantro

1 oz of marjoram 2 bay leaves 3 avocados 2 medium whole onions 3 lemons 2 oz oregano Salt

Directions In a pot, boil the water together with the hominy for approximately 20 minutes. Add the chicken, garlic, thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, salt to taste, cilantro and an onion, let it boil for 30 more minutes or until the chicken is well cooked. Cut the lemons into 4 pieces each and reserve. Cut the onions into small dices of approximately 1/2 cm and reserve. Cut the avocados into small slices and reserve. Shred the cabbage into small pieces and reserve. When the hominy is ready, serve in bowls and add lemon, onions, oregano, shredded lettuce and avocado to one’s own pleasure.



This is a recipe my great-grandmother passed down to my grandmother who passed it to my mom. I always remember the delicious Madeleine and how hard it was to “just have one.” My great grandmother made a note on the recipe that said, “This is from a French Cookbook. It’s the easiest of all the Madeleine recipes I have. I always kept frozen butter on hand so I could fix these in a hurry.” —Joshua Ronda

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Ingredients 1 1/4 cup sifted flour

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 lb of butter

Powdered sugar to sift over Madeleines

3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs

Directions Serves 5-10 (Depending on how many cookies each person can eat… if you’re like me: the serving size is 1.). Preheat oven to 400° F and melt the butter. Use mixer at high speed to mix eggs and sugar until creamy. Add flour and melted butter. Add vanilla. Wipe the molds with butter. Pour dough into prepared molds and bake for 10 minutes in 400° F oven. Remove from mold. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Pollo a la Brasa THOUSAND OAKS, CA

I chose this recipe because my host family would make me this while I was studying abroad in Peru. —Alexandra Koplan

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Ingredients 1 whole chicken (2-3 pounds) 2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp aji panca paste 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Juice of 2 limes

3/4 tsp ground annatto, for the red color

5 cloves garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

1 tsp dried rosemary

1/4 cup dark beer

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp huacatay paste

Cayenne pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients 2 green jalapeĂąo peppers

2 tsp fresh lime juice

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small clove garlic

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

1 green onion, chopped

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp huacatay paste

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp aji amarillo paste

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Directions Makes 3 servings. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Loosen the skin on the chicken and rub some marinade under the skin. Place the chicken or chicken pieces in a large bag and pour the marinade over. Swish around to evenly coat the pieces. Marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Preheat a convection oven to 475° F and roast the chicken pieces for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325° F and roast the chicken for another 15–20 minutes. Preheat conventional oven to 425° F and roast the chicken pieces on the middle rack of the oven until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 160° F, about 45 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven. Tent the chicken with foil for 10–15 minutes before serving. Serve the chicken with sauce and thick cut french fries.

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My host family would make this while I was studying abroad in Peru.

Pho o Gà Vietnamese Chicken Pho MONTEREY PARK, CA

I chose this recipe because I eat it at least once a week at home, and never at school. Even though it’s one of my favorites, I never order it at a restaurant, partly because I think my parents make it best, and partly because I can’t pronounce the Vietnamese word for chicken (gà). —Caitlin Chan

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Ingredients 3 liters of water

1 tbsp salt (or to taste)

4lb whole chicken

1/4 cup cooking oil

1 onion, cut in half

1 shallot, very thinly sliced

30g ginger

Fresh or dry rice noodles

2–3 star anise

2 scallions and cilantro, sliced thinly

1/4 Saigon cinnamon 1 big tsp/80g rock sugar 2 tbsp fish sauce

Garnishes, ex. Thai chili, lime, bean sprouts, mint, basil

Directions Serves around 7–8. Toast the cinnamon and star anise in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 2–3 minutes to get the flavor and aroma out. Use the same pan and roast the onion and ginger for about 10–15 minutes, until they get black on the outside and leak juice. Remove them from the pan. Slice the ginger and peel the onion by removing the tip and root but retaining its shape. Clean out the chicken and rinse it under cold water. Place the chicken in a large pot and pour 3 liters of water, adding the salt, sugar, and roasted onion and ginger after it. Cover the pot and bring it to a hard boil for 15 minutes. Check once in a while and remove the scum that’ll

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accumulate on the surface of the soup. Pro tip: don’t stir the soup at this point to keep it clear. Cover and reduce the heat to low, letting simmer for 1 hour and continuing to skim as needed. Remove the chicken from the soup into a large bowl of ice water to make the texture of the meat nice. Shred or slice the chicken meat to prepare for serving. Add the toasted spices into the soup along with 2–3 tsp fish sauce, or to taste. Simmer for another half an hour without the lid on. For the fried shallots, heat over a large pan over medium heat. Add the cooking oil and spread the shallots into oil evenly and cook until a light golden brown. This should take about 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel to remove extra oil. Serve the soup over a bowl of cooked pho noodles and chicken, adding in what garnishes (and fried shallots) you have, to taste.

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Even though it’s one of my favorites, I never order it at a restaurant.

干鍋菜花 Sichuan Dry-Pot Cauliflower EL MONTE, CA

My favorite dish during my trip to Sichuan, China was their Sichuan Spicy Dry-Pot Cauliflower. It was super tasty and I absolutely love cauliflower, so I wanted to recreate it. It took me multiple tries to figure out the recipe since all I had to remember it was the taste. This dish is my favorite because it is super tasty, ingredients are cheap and easy to find, it is super simple to make, and it brings me back memories. —Betty Che

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Ingredients 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets 1 link of Chinese sausage (Lap Cheong), cut into small cubes 5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

4 green onions, chopped 6 Chinese dried red chili peppers, chopped 2 tbsp of vegetable oil 1/4 tbsp salt Water

6 slices of ginger, cut into thin strips

Directions Serves 1-2 people. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for about 1 minute while stirring them. Make sure they don’t burn. Turn up the heat to high, add the Lap Cheong and cook until browned. Add the cauliflower (keep the heat on high), and cook for 8–10 minutes. Add the green onions and the Chinese dried red chili peppers. Season with salt if needed. Cover the lid and bring everything to a simmer. Add a little bit of water if pan gets too dry. Uncover, give everything another stir, and serve over rice!

Mango and Sticky Rice SANTA MONICA, CA

My mom only makes mango and sticky rice for special events, such as birthdays and Lunar New Year. The coconut milk adds both its flavor and creaminess, it can be eaten hot or cold—if eaten cold add a bit more coconut milk to the rice. It is sometimes topped with crunchy toasted mung beans. —Jessica May

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Ingredients 1 cup white glutinous rice or sweet rice 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk (1 3/4 cups) 1/3 cup sugar

3/4 tsp salt 2 medium to large mangoes 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions Makes 4 servings. Wash rice; place in a bowl. Cover with cold water; soak 4 to 6 hours. Drain well. Place in a colander or sieve with fine holes. Set colander on a rack over water in a large pot; water must not touch rice. Cover pot; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat slightly; steam rice 25 minutes. Meanwhile, open can of coconut milk carefully without shaking. Spoon off 1/4 cup of thick milk that has risen to the top. Place in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate. Stir remaining coconut milk to blend. Measure 1/2 cup; reserve remainder for another use. Stir coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a bowl until sugar is dissolved. Remove rice from steamer. Spoon into 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Stir sugar mixture into rice. Cover, return to steamer and steam 10 more minutes. Remove baking dish to a rack. Let rice cool, covered, to room temperature. Peel mangoes; slice pulp. Divide rice among dessert plates. Top with 1 tablespoon reserved thick coconut milk. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Garnish with mango slices.

Homestyle Mac and Cheese MANHATTAN BEACH, CA

There is a single dish that I always have to eat during a visit to my parents. It is the classic family recipe that is our homestyle Mac and Cheese. Originally made by my grandmother, the recipe has been a centerpiece of family gatherings for generations. Simple as it is there is a certain way it tastes that will just remind you of home. —Spencer White

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Ingredients 1 box elbow or similar macaroni pasta. 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese. 1 1/2–2 cups whole milk

2 tbsp butter 1 package sausage cut into bite-size circles. Salt/Pepper

2 tbsp flour

Directions Makes 6–8 servings. Have a casserole dish ready by rubbing the sides and bottom with butter for taste and easier cleanup. Make pasta per package directions. It takes a while for a large pot of water to boil so start that early. While pasta is cooking (usually 7–9 minutes) make the sauce. Keep an eye on your pasta it will probably be ready before your sauce is done.

White Sauce Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons flour to form a paste. This next step is IMPORTANT! Add the milk SLOWLY, stirring constantly as you add the milk. It should be an ever-thickening process. A small amount of milk, stir, a small amount of milk, stir etc. This part takes patience and time or it ends up lumpy and overly thick. After the milk is fully added (remember this may not need all 2 cups) add in about 1 cup of cheese.

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Salt and pepper to taste. The sauce should be super creamy and thick. Add more milk or cheese if necessary. The pasta should be drained. Put it back in its pot and set it aside with a little bit of butter stirred in. Once the white sauce is done add it to the cooked pasta and stir it all together. If it’s too thick add a bit of milk. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Now layer the pasta. Add about half to the baking/casserole dish. Make a layer of the bite-size sausage. Salt and pepper. About 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat. Bake at 350° F for 25 minutes.

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The recipe has been a centerpiece of family gatherings for generations.

Carne en su Jugo Jalisco Style TUSTIN, CA

This dish was first introduced to me at my family’s ranch in Guadalajara, Mexico and has become a staple at my family get-togethers ever since. This is traditionally served on a cold day and/or night, and to be served in good company. I chose this dish because it reminds me of home. —Amanda Chevere

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Ingredients 1 lb Texas wagyu sirloin tip, thinly sliced 4 slices applewood bacon 4 cups of freshly cooked beans 1–1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 cup of bean broth from the beans you cooked 4–6 cups of water

1/2 white onion 1 garlic clove 3–4 small or medium green tomatillos 1 chile serrano fresco 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro Salt and pepper to taste 8–10 round green onions 1 tbsp bacon fat

Garnish With 1/2 white onion small diced 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

Reserve crunchy bacon pieces Corn tortillas is a must!

2–3 limes cut in quarters

Directions Serves 4 Tapatios. Place onions on a small cast iron pan, or a baking sheet lined with foil paper, roast slowly until charred. Rotate them every so often, until they have char blisters all around. In a large enameled pot, sauté the bacon until crunchy. Remove the bacon bits, place them over a paper napkin

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and remove some of the bacon fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pot. Add the thinly cut meat, season with salt, pepper and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. As soon you see juices coming out of the meat, start removing them with a ladle and set them aside in a little ramekin, to be used later on the dish. Keep removing the juices as the meat cooks, toss every now and then, until the meat starts browning. Meant time, into the blender, in goes the tomatillos, garlic, onion, Serrano, cilantro, and 2 cups of water, blend well until liquid, then add another 2 cups of water, blend. Set aside. At this point your meat should be a little brown and the bottom of the pot has built some delicious fond. Add to the pot, the bean broth, the tomatillo, cilantro, onion, garlic, serrano blend, and the reserved meat juices that you where reserving all along. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Cover with a lid and low simmer for 20–25 minutes. Check on the meat the broth should be lose but with enough body, taste the meat for tenderness. If meat still a bit tough, simmer for another 10 minutes, add a bit more water if necessary. Usually this will depend on the type of meat you buy. Since the meat is cut into thin slices, there is no biggie. Once the meat is tender, and the broth is on point, add the cooked beans, adjust if it needs more liquid. Bring the broth to a rapid simmer until the beans warm up. Turn off the heat, and ready to serve!

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This is traditionally served on a cold day or night

Marble Bundt Cake LAGUNA BEACH, CA

From since I can remember, my grandma has always made the best desserts. This recipe is my favorite. Every year I would look forward to go to my grandma’s house during the holidays because I knew after dinner I was going to get a slice of marble cake. She put so much time, precision, and love into this recipe that when you make this cake it is bound to be delicious. —Charlotte Rubel

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Ingredients 1 pkg yellow cake mix 1 pkg (3 oz) instant lemon pudding

1 tsp almond extract (optional) 4 large eggs

3/4 cup water

5 oz chocolate syrup

3/4 cup oil

Powdered sugar for dusting on top of cake

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions Makes 6–8 servings. Add first seven ingredients, one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Place 3/4 of the batter in a well-greased Bundt pan. Mix remaining batter with chocolate syrup. Pour chocolate mixture on plain batter and cut through with a knife. Using a large cooking spoon, fold the batter over once around the pan to achieve the marble effect. Bake at 350° F for 45 to 60 minutes, or until cake pulls away from the sides of the pan when gently touched or a long wooden toothpick comes out clean when stuck in the cake. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes and invert the cake over a plate. Allow to cool completely before dusting the cake with powdered sugar.

Holiday Ranch Crackers SAN DIEGO, CA

This recipe was a random clipping from a magazine that I ended up helping my mom make for Christmas one year. Since then, it has become a tradition for me to prepare this simple snack for every family get-together. —Kyle Branch

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Ingredients One package 1.0-oz Hidden Valley Ranch Milk Recipe Original Ranch Salad Dressing Mix 1/2 tsp dill weed

5 cups (11 ounces) plain oyster crackers Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon pepper; 1/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup salad oil

Directions Serves approximately 8 people, when casually snacked on. Combine Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix with dill weed and oil. Pour over crackers, stir to coat. Place in warm oven (250° F) for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir gently halfway through baking.



This is a classic Mexican dish, typically eaten at breakfast (or even as a snack). Ever since I was little, my parents would always make this dish for our family that we would then eat together at the table. I would also always eat this with my grandparents, uncles, aunts, or cousins whenever I visited my family in Mexico. —Aitana Martinez Huerta

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Ingredients Bolillos (4 loaves, a sectioned baguette is also a good alternative)

Cheese (Mozzarella or Monterey Jack) 1 can of refried beans

Pico de Gallo Ingredients 1 large tomato or 2 small tomatoes 1/3 of an onion 2 serrano chiles

1 lime 1/3 cup cilantro Salt

Directions Makes 4 servings. Cut the bolillos/bread in half lengthwise Spread the beans evenly on all the bread pieces Sprinkle cheese on each bread piece. Toast pieces in the toaster oven for about 4–5 minutes until the cheese is melted. To make the pico, dice the tomato, onion and chiles, and roughly chop cilantro. Mix in a bowl with a squeeze of lime and salt. Serve Molletes with pico de gallo on the side.







This meatloaf recipe is only served once a year, on my birthday. The savory ground beef paired with the deliciously sweet sauce fills your belly with warmth and the comfort of home. Best paired with mashed potatoes and peas, and the leftovers make great sandwiches. —Allison McClain

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Ingredients 2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp dried leaf sage, basil, or oregano, crushed

2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or 2 cups soft bread crumbs 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 2 tbsp snipped fresh parsley

1/8 tsp black pepper 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef, lamb, or pork 1/4 cup ketchup 2 tbsp packed brown sugar 1 tsp dry mustard

Directions Makes 8 servings. In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk; stir in bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage, and pepper. Add ground meat; mix lightly. Lightly pat mixture into an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Bake in a 350° F oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Spoon off fat. In a bowl combine ketchup, sugar, and mustard; spread over meat. Bake for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices. Enjoy!

Alternative Ham Loaf Prepare as above, except use soft bread crumbs. Substitute 1/2 tsp dry mustard for the sage, basil, or oregano and omit the salt. Substitute 12 oz lean ground beef or pork and 12 oz ground cooked ham for the 1 1/2 lb ground beef, lamb, or pork. Bake and let stand as above.

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20 Recipes from California (and 1 from Virginia)  

Art 338: Typography II, 2019 / Book design by: Isabela Presedo-Floyd

20 Recipes from California (and 1 from Virginia)  

Art 338: Typography II, 2019 / Book design by: Isabela Presedo-Floyd