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“Coffee Shop Favorites, Pt. V: Salisbury Steak—Long-forgotten Coffee Shop Favorite from the Days when there were Coffee Shops”

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Chef Kilgore Randalini

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Saturday, July 23, 2011 by Chef Kilgore Randalini


 Coffee Shop Favorites, Pt. V: Salisbury Steak—Long-forgotten Coffee Shop Favorite from the Days when there were Coffee Shops

Bakersfield, CA, 07-23-2011 S:  Back in the day before Fast Food became all-powerful and took over the mass market, coffee shops had a major share of the everyday foodservice business.  But when McDonald’s took over the breakfast market, they performed the tripe-assassination of breakfast, lunch, and dinner and became the Number One controller of people’s meals.  The sad thing is, at one time, coffee shops proliferated in every city of the nation and people went there to have a cup of coffee, make deals, and discuss business, talk politics, and enjoy one another’s conversation and camaraderie.  Coffee shops employed many cooks and chefs, foodservers, potwashers, dishwashers, and many times, some of the finest bakers of the area not working for a professional bakery.  People made more money than minimum wage and many foodservice personnel spent their entire careers, took care of their families, and put their kids through school by working in one.  Nowadays, everyone working in most Fast Food franchises speaks a foreign language, make little or no money, and have no future unless they get a chance to enter management and take advantage of their fellows.  Most of us here at the Elemental News of the Day consider fast food workers to be nothing but union-fodder and of little worth and should mostly be deported back to their countries of origin.  I ask you this serious question: “Where do your kids have opportunities to find their first jobs?”  We all apprenticed under chefs and learned our careers at an early age. 

Most of the time, we avoid discussing politics here at the Elemental News of the Day but the time has come for those in power to start thinking about the citizens of this nation first and then themselves and their re-elections.  Allow free enterprise to begin anew by allowing American to recover its small businesses, the largest employers of Americans.  We’re tired of seeing our nation being reduced to a socialist piece of crap by the socialists currently running the country.  People could be put back to work if business was allowed to flourish once more and it’s something we dearly want to see changed in November of 2012.  Put Fast Food in its place, make it possible for the American coffee shop to return to the scene and allow cooks, bakers, and foodservers to find work and find it for more than minimum wage.   President Obama, if you have any wish of being re-elected, you need to allow us to start new businesses and you also need to close the border.  Forget about votes; earn them the old-fashioned way by earning the love and respect of American citizens!  

Well, today, we’re going to make Salisbury Steak, a tasty, moist concoction of ground meats, preferably beef but turkey is fine, and vegetables smothered in nice pan gravy made from the drippings and broth.  This is one of the first dishes that all of us learn to make when we worked in the coffee shop industry and one that is dear to our hearts.  It will become dear to you, too, once you made and tasted it.  Let’s do it:


1. To serve Four:

Finely-diced carrots
Finely-diced celery
Finely-diced yellow onions
Ground turkey

Wheat bread, cubed

Lawrey’s seasoned salt

Minced garlic

Lawrey’s seasoned pepper

Herbs d’Provence

Diced scallions

Large egg

Whole oregano

Whole sage

Cooked white rice


Barbeque or chili sauce


1.      Mis-en-place: have everything ready to work with.  Combine the ingredients with the exception of the bacon in a bowl and mix together well. Chill the meat mixture.  If using this mixture for a meatloaf, roll out two long sheets of aluminum foil and spray with PAM or some such other food release spray.  Line then with wax paper and spray the wax paper, too. Preheat standard oven to 400°F or a convection oven to 350°F.

2.      Scoop the meat mixture into the middle of the wrap and form it into a loaf. Place the four strips of bacon across the top.  Fold the ends of the wrap in until they meet in the middle and then roll over the wrap from one side until you’ve rolled all the way over the loaf and the seal is at the bottom.  Place this loaf on a drip pan that’s been sprayed with PAM and make sure you’ve sprayed the bottom of the drip pan with PAM, too. Place inside your preheated oven on its middle rack.

3.      After 20 minutes, reduce the heat by 25°F and continue baking. Bake for approximately another 30-45 minutes or until the loaf reads 155°F.  At this point, slit the wrap and expose the top of the loaf and continue cooking until it reaches 165°F. If desired, spread the top with either barbeque sauce or chili sauce.  Remove then and allow resting for 5 minutes; then, slicing it and serving.

4.      Accompany with a brown sauce or with Spanish sauce and enjoy.

5.      If making Salisbury steaks divide the meat mixture into four steaks and dust each in all-purpose flour.  Heat oil in a large skillet and brown them on each side. Place into a roasting pan with a tight-fitting lid and cover with brown sauce and bake until done following the same temperatures as outlined in the preceding steps. Serve with plenty of sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables of your choice.

This is an excellent recipe that is easy to make and a joy to eat not to mention good for the waistline and also the diet.  Keep this recipe handy in your recipe box!

Like my friend, El Chilote yesterday, I, too, have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

Please remember to avoid doing business with AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA.  These people don’t care about the small customer anymore but instead put all of their attentions onto their corporate customers. It’s sad to not remember why one has the success they do or from where it came. Anyhow, have a great day and we’ll meet again. Take care.  

Thank you!

Kilgore Randalini

Kilgore Randalini
Working Chef, ACF

This is me back in the 1980's when I was a middle-aged chef working at a Grand Hotel in Southern California. I began my culinary career in the early 1960's after having spent some time in the United States Army. Presently, I am still working at a local country club somewhere in Kern County.


END Commentary for Saturday, July 23, 2011 by Chef Kilgore Randalini

Please note that everyone who writes for the Elemental News of the Day is their own person entitled to their own opinions, attitudes, and insanity so does not necessarily speak for all of us.  Thanks, Stinkbug.


This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Kilgore Randalini

Recipes created by Chef Kilgore Randalini on August 06, 1982 in Bakersfield, CA.



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This is drummer Craig Jackson with the Plynth at the Funworld Gig of 10-31-1980. Craig was a great drummer and did a great job with the Plynth. 

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