Exploring California cuisine is a breezy, end of summer foray into a light creative, and fresh type of eating that can be emulated anywhere the ingredients exist. From main meals to snacks, from Mexican to Mandarin there seemed no end to California’s gastronomic diversity. The choices of fare, California style are dizzying. Artichokes, grown in abundance in California, are a staple and avocado is ubiquitous.
Roasted artichoke with dipping sauce of fresh avocados finds its way to many a fine table. Even the simple, humble pizza is taken to a different level in California with especially mouthwatering combinations of tasty, wholesome ingredients presented on a crispy, thin crust. Hard working parents, often dual earners, have less time to prepare meals; they have come to rely on these healthful options to salty, fatty, fast foods.
But it is interesting to note that kids get caught up in recipes and help by preparing myriad, creative dishes using anything under the sun. They are oblivious to the fact that it is good for them as well as good tasting.
Seafood is especially prevalent on California plates and palates given its generous coastline. Pan-seared specialties such as salmon with avocado butter topped with Monterrey jack cheese is only one popular example. Adding peanuts and coconut milk can give simple, barbecue shrimp recipes a Thai flavor. Fresh peppers, watercress and mushrooms over rice help create succulent bases for Oriental specialties.
Smoke anything over mesquite or hickory and you feel like you are eating around the campfire in the California redwoods. Spare ribs-beef or pork as well as fish and vegetables flavors are enhanced by the process. Let’s not forget the coastal clambakes accompanied with fresh, young corn on the cob.
Is your mouth watering or stomach growling like mine right about now? The hundreds of choices of wines to complement your meal must wait for another article!
Californians are fortunate to have such an abundance of fresh ingredients year round. We who vacation there can only appreciate true California cuisine when visiting. The geographical and topographical diversity of the state is the reason.
The sun is always shining somewhere no matter what season of the year. In whichever part of California you choose to find vacation rentals you will find menus using ingredients indigenous to that locale which makes for an appetizing adventure. To accommodate the busy yet alternative California lifestyle, one can order complete dinners from California classifieds making for an efficient, healthy, cost effective alternative to home cooking or restaurant eating.
It’s true when Californians say you can experience the world gastronomically without ever leaving the state!