Mrs. Cubbison Honored In Exhibit At The California Museum

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Sophie Cubbison, who created the Mrs. Cubbison's line of poultry dressing mixes, is being honored at the California Museum (in Sacramento) by being inducted into the "California's Remarkable Women" exhibit.

The California Museum in Sacramento recently opened an exhibit called “California’s Remarkable Women,” which runs through December 31, 2012. It highlights extraordinary women from every walk of life who have strengthened, shaped and served the state of California. This exhibit honors their significant roles and accomplishments, drawing its inspiration from past and present achievements of California women. In doing so, it delivers an energetic message about the limitless opportunities and possibilities awaiting present and future generations of women leaders.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, one of the many women honored, who stands out, is Sophie Cubbison, who created Mrs. Cubbison’s Turkey Dressing Mix. She was born in San Marcos, California in September 1892, as Sophie Huchting. (Her father was of German descent, and her mother, Conception Gonzales, was from a California pioneer family of Mexican descent.) Her career began on her father's ranch near San Diego, where she was born. At the age of 16, she cooked for her father, brothers, and their lima bean ranch laborers. With one assistant, she cooked and baked for forty men in two horse-drawn mobile kitchens in order to earn money to put herself through college, where she earned a home economics degree in 1912 at Polytechnical State University in Northern California.

In 1916, she married Harry Cubbison. Soon after, they opened a small bakery in Los Angeles. In 1925, they sold the bakery and launched a new business selling packaged Melba toast. Using the crumbs left over, she baked home-made Melba-toasted dressing for her friends and family, who liked it so much, they urged her to mass produce it. She did, and the rest is history.

Sophie passed away at the age of 91 in November 1982, just before Thanksgiving. The recipes that she developed and her concept of cooking are still being used today.

The Mrs. Cubbison’s family of products is still produced in Los Angeles, using the same high standards that Sophie created many years ago.    
Inspired by former California First Lady Maria Shriver, the exhibit, features approximately 200 remarkable women, from Labor Organizer Dolores Huerta to Astronaut Sally Ride.

The California Museum is at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. For more information call (916) 653-7524 or visit http://www.californiamuseum.org.

Contact: Howard Pearlstein                    
(323) 938-3300
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