Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tantalizing Thursday-California Cuisine

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NASCAR is traveling back out west to race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles.

Californians are very proud of their fresh food recipes, healthier versions of classics, and artistry of their plates. In addition, Mexican cuisine is also popular in California.

The recipe I have chosen mixes Californian and Mexican ingredients into one sumptuous dish!

Anaheim Fish Tacos
Recipe found at


• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 1 Anaheim chili pepper, chopped
• 1 leek, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cup chicken broth
• 2 large tomatoes, diced
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets
• 1 lime
• 12 corn tortillas


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté the chili, leek, and garlic until tender and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Mix the chicken broth and tomatoes into the skillet, and season with cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Place the halibut into the mixture. Sprinkle with lime juice. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until the halibut is easily flaked with a fork. Wrap in warmed corn tortillas to serve.

The recipe was submitted by the following person who stated:


"I created this one to make mouths dance. I love fish tacos, but don't like the fried versions or cabbage. Not really for kids, though - a bit flavorful. Serve with authentic Mexican cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, lettuce, and lime."

So, while you’re preparing for racing at the Auto Club Speedway, rooting for your favorite driver whether he be Dale

Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, or Clint Bowyer (or any of the other great drivers out there), fix these fabulous Anaheim Fish Tacos to set the mood!

And, even though we are preparing a healthy, California-inspired menu, I don’t want to leave off dessert. I found this extremely easy and decadent dessert recipe to finish the meal. Not too heavy, too filling, or too fattening, this dessert satisfies a sweet tooth, but complements and continues the healthy menu we started.

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
Recipe found at


• 16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and large berries cut in half
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste


1. Place strawberries in a bowl. Drizzle vinegar over strawberries, and sprinkle with sugar. Stir gently to combine. Cover, and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour but not more than 4 hours. Just before serving, grind pepper over berries.

This recipe was submitted by the following person who wrote:


"This is a unique, gourmet way to serve this fantastic summer fruit! The balsamic vinegar brings out the berries' beautiful color and truly enhances their flavor. Great served with a simple pound cake, over vanilla ice cream, or simply by themselves."

This dessert seems amazing and easy to prepare. I, of course, would sprinkle it over vanilla ice cream thereby ruining the “healthy” meal flow, but I can’t help it! I may not be super model thin, but I enjoy my meals!

Thank you for joining me for these delectable and relatively easy recipes chosen for their link to California. Enjoy the race!

Please join me tomorrow for the week ending Friday Music Blog on Chief 187™Chatter.


  1. I LOVE fish tacos, but those seem to be very specific to So Cal.

    I grew up in the Central Valley. Almond festival, strawberry festival, asparagus festival, pumpkin festival, crawdad festival, world famous garlic festival, and hundreds of food & wine or wine & cheese festivals...
    So much to enjoy and taste in California.

    Check this out!

  2. Wahoo Fish Tacos is a chain here and they have mighty good food; the kind of stuff you can't get in Jersey (I DO miss good bagels though).