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    California Coffee

    Prepare strong coffee (3 level tablespoons ground coffee to 3/4 cup water). For each serving, pour 2 tbsp. brandy into mug; fill 2/3 full with coffee. Top with 1 scoop (1/4 cup) chocolate, vanilla, peach, or butter pecan ice cream.
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    Barbecued Chuck Roast

    Select a 3 to 4 lb chuck roast, 2 1/2 to 3" thick. Place meat in shallow glass dish; pour California Marinade over meat. Cover dish with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 24 hours, turning meat frequently. Remove meat from marinade. Stir 2 tbsp. ketchup into marinade; heat through on grill. Brush on...
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    California Pizza Kitchen's Thai Crunch Salad

    (Serves 4) 1 head Napa cabbage, cut into 1/4-inch strips 1 small head red cabbage, cored and chopped 2 large carrots, peeled and Julienned 2 bunches scallions (green onions), thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only) 1 large English (hothouse) cucumber, peeled, cored and Julienned 1 large...
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    California Pizza Kitchen's Kung Pao Chicken Spaghetti

    KUNG PAO SAUCE 1/2 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup dry sherry 3 tablespoons red chili paste with garlic 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil EGG WHITE-CORNSTARCH MIXTURE 2 egg whites 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2...
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    Microwave Herbed Olive Oil Dip (For Crusty Bread)

    1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper 1 tsp Mediterranean/Greek Oregano 1 tsp Rosemary 1 tsp Sweet Basil 1 tsp Chives 1 tsp Parsley 2 tsp Fresh Pressed Garlic 1 tsp Kosher Salt 1/2 cup GOOD Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mix it all up and heat in 1300W microwave 1 minute 40% power - just...
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    Why is FDA making companies pasteurizing foods (fruits, nuts, etc.)?

    In 2007, the USDA, FDA, and the California Almond Board (California produces 90% of the entire world's almond crop), issued a statement that both raw and organic almonds would require pasteurization "for consumer safety" yet they would still be labeled as raw, and neither that nor the details of...
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    Where can I stay at temporarily for about 2-3 weeks on vacation, not a hotel?

    I was wondering if you can rent a place temporarily or something, because a hotel is too expensive. I'm going to southern california........
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    what's the best hotel stay for vacation @ disneyland?

    I'm planning to go to disneyland in late july. I have two young children so if any one would recommend a family friendly place that's not to expensive, or just positive experiences with your stay.
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    St. Maarten - Best Costal Beach Side City & Cheap Hotel / Vacation Rental to Stay in on the French Side?

    I've only heard of Marigot & Coconut Grove. I'm planning a vacation to St. Maarten and would like any advice on places to stay / things to do / bars to visit and how to plan an affordable vacation on the island from people who have been there / live there. Thank you!
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    is a $500 PG&E bill possible for a 5-person household or is something wrong?

    We live in California, there are 5 showers taken at the house a day, 10 loads of laundry a week. The heat is turned up to 75 degrees for about 16 hours a day and turned down to 60 for the other 8 hours of the day. If this does not seem weird to you could you give us some energy conservation...
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    California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad

    Menu Description: Shredded napa cabbage, chilled grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, endamame, crispy wontons, peanuts, cilantro, julienne carrots, red cabbage and scallions tossed with a lime-cilantro dressing. Topped with crispy rice sticks and Thai peanut dressing. Lime-Cilantro...
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    California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

    Menu Description: Chopped lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy corn tortilla strips, and Monterey jack cheese tossed together in our herb ranch dressing. Topped wiht chopped BBQ chicken breast, diced tomatoes and scallions. Herb Ranch Dressing: 2/3 cup mayonnaise...
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    21 Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

    These are precautions you can take to protect you and your property... 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator. 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard...
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    Buttermilk Panna Cotta

    Ingredients 1 cup buttermilk, divided 1 tbsp. Knox Unflavored Gelatin 2 cups whipping cream 1/3 cup sugar 1 tbsp. grated orange zest 1 container fresh blackberries Fresh mint leaves Directions Courtesy of Chef Ryan Scott and the California Milk Advisory Board. Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 10 minutes...
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    California Pizza Kitchen's Waldorf Salad

    Grilled chicken: 1 1/3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 2 teaspoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons kosher salt 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each) 6 cups mixed baby greens 1/2 cup red seedless grapes-halved 1 granny smith apples-diced 1/2 cup celery-diced...
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    California Pizza Kitchen Spinach Artichoke Dip

    1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup white or yellow onion diced 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic 1/2 cup flour 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoons crumbled chicken boullion cubes 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon...
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    California Pizza Kitchen Carne Asada Pizza

    Cilantro Pesto: 1/2 cup firmly packed cilantro leaves 1/2 teaspoon serrano peppers 1 1/2 tablespoons pine nuts 1 teaspoon raw minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon lime juice Kosher salt to taste 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup olive oil Carne Asada Marinade: 1/4 ounce chopped cilantro 3 ounces lime juice...
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    California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Herb Croutons

    2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter 1 tablespoon dried granulated garlic 2 teaspoons dried basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 loaf country-style white bread, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes Heat the oven to 225 degrees F. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Remove...
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    California Corn Casserole

    2 (2 lb) cans creamed corn 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/3 cup salad oil 2 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 (3 7/8 ounce) can of sliced black olives, drained 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (4 ounce) can of diced...
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    California Gold Rush Cookie Bars

    1/4 C. Butter (melted) 1 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs 1 C. Chocolate Chips 1 C. Peanut Butter Chips 1 Can (15 oz.) sweetened condensed milk 3/4 C. unsalted peanuts 1. Pour melted butter evenly in a 13x9 inch pan. Mix butter and crumbs - press evenly in pan. 2. sprinkle with the chocolate...