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Have you ever wondered where or how some dishes got their names?
On this page we will try to tell you the history of dishes such as Cobb salad, Waldorf salad, Eggs Benedict, etc.
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Cobb Salad

This is one of the most famous dishes in the American culinary history.
It was created by Bob Cobb, the owner of the Brown Derby in Hollywood. On a night in 1937, he decided to have a snack and so checked out what was in the refrigerator. He pulled out a head of lettuce, some romaine, an avocado, tomatoes, watercress, a hard-boiled egg, chives, cheese, some cold chicken breast and french dressing. After he chopped everything, he added some crsip bacon and so the Cobb salad was born.
Sid Grauman, owner of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, was with Bob Cobb that night.He liked that salad so much, he came back the next day and asked for a "Cobb salad". From then on it was put on the menu.

Here is the original recipe:

1/2head lettuce, about 4 cups2breasts of chicken
1 bunch watercress              3hard boiled eggs
1 chicory, about 2-1/2 cups   1avoado
1/2head romaine, about 2-1/2 cups       1/2     cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
2  medium peeled tomatoes   2tablespoons chopped chives
6  strips of crisp bacon   1cup (approx.) Original Cobb
Salad dressing (see below)

1.Cut lettuce, half the watercress, chicory and romaine in fine pieces and
  arrange in a large salad bowl.

2.Cut tomatoes, bacon, chicken, egg and avocado in small pieces and arrange,
  along with the crumbled Roquefort cheese, in strips on the greens.

3.Sprinkle finely cut chives over the Cobb salad and garnish with the remaining
  watercress.

4.Just before serving, mix the salad with the Cobb salad dressing.


Cobb Salad Dressing
Makes 1-1/2 cups

1/4cup water 3/4teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4cup red wine vinegar 1/4teaspoon dry English mustard
1/4teaspoon sugar  1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  1 teaspoon freshly squeezed       1/4cup full-flavored olive oil
    lemon juice      3/4cup salad oil
  2 teaspoons salt  3/4teaspoons freshly ground
pepper

Blend all ingredients together, exept oils. Add olive and salad oils. Mix well.

Note: The water is optional, depending upon the degree of oiliness desired in the dressing.
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