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Thursday, July 28, 2011

“Soup Seminar, Pt. IX: Elvin P. McCardle’s Chicken Gumbo—Much-Beloved Soup from Chef McCardle’s Youth First on Today’s List”

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Chef Elvin P. McCardle

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Friday, July 29, 2011 by Chef Elvin P. McCardle


 Soup Seminar, Pt. IX: Elvin P. McCardle’s Chicken Gumbo—Much-Beloved Soup from Chef McCardle’s Youth First on Today’s List

Bakersfield, CA, 07-29-2011 F:  Here it is Friday, the end of July and before you know it, August will be strolling in and we’ll be halfway through the summer with just two months to go.  September is a hot month here in Kern County and in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and October has its moments, too. The big event this year is the impending wedding of Brian Carrick and Linda E. Payne on October 31, 2011 at the Noriega House in Bakersfield, CA.  Brian has finally found his true beloved after having a horrible letdown after visiting Iowa last year where he thought he’d finally found his soul mate.  Well, all too often, the first one is a crapper while the second one is the real deal and we’re so happy for him.  He’s had two wives prior to this one, Lupe Carrick and the erstwhile Kay Frances Carrick, both of whom were somewhat troublesome and difficult marriages.  After that, he’d been through a wide variety of skanks but now, with his dearly beloved, the guy has found happiness and the party we’re going to have is going to be unforgettable, it’s going to be a full costume-bash with a Halloween theme and the cake that Jim Balmain’s Smith’s Bakery is designing is going to be wonderfully good.  But, we still have a few months to go before we have a wild wedding followed by a Las Vegas honeymoon!  The honeymoon may take place after Thanksgiving but it will be followed by a trip to Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island sometime in the spring.  It’s something we’re all going to go on as it will be another END vacation!

Yesterday, we concluded our discussion on the science of soups and the reasons for making one’s own.  We also wanted to reassure you that soup-making is not a difficult thing as most anyone can do it provided they’re given the training.  Training makes perfect, my friends, never doubt that, and the soup we’re going to make today is one that you will cherish for years to come: Chicken Gumbo.


1. About three quarts:

Chicken broth

Diced yellow onions

Diced green bell peppers (stemmed, seeded, and de-ribbed)
Diced celery

Diced leeks

Chopped tomatoes

Strip, maple bacon, diced

Bay leaf

Fresh corn kernels

Diced pimientos

Steamed white rice

Cooked chicken meat, diced

7-oz can
Chopped okra

Gumbo file

Gaucho seasoning (Recipe #226)

Black pepper

Cayenne pepper


Whole pickling spice


     This is a simple soup- prepare it within an hour of serving it for best effect.

     1. Put stock on stove and combine with the next 9 ingreds. Cook over a medium flame till veggies are tender.

     2. About a half hour before serving, combine with the rest of the ingreds until everything has heated up and flavor begins to develop. If you expect to sell the pot, add the rice to it and if not, keep the cooked rice out and have the servers spoon it into each bowl they sell so that the soup is not thickened by it but instead refreshed by it.

     3. This is a good soup to use a variety of leftovers as you only have to add okra and gumbo file (pronounced “fee ‘LAY” which is the gumbo seasoning). The seasoning in this soup is moderately warm but if you want to warm it up, adds a little Trappey’s hot sauce or Tabasco sauce.


This is one of the best and most beloved soups of all-time and after eating Campbell’s canned Chicken Gumbo soup for many years as a kid and loving it, it was among the first I was determined to learn how to make and to master.

Like I said 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. Well, we had a great time today and I will be back tomorrow to give you one soup recipe and then someone else will come on in with something else. Who knows, we might make soups for awhile?   

Thank you!

Elvin C. McCardle

Elvin C. McCardle

American Culinary Federation, Inc., CWC


This is me as a young chef back in the 1970's when I was working as a sous chef at a resort hotel over on the coast around Ventura Beach, California. I began my career working as a busboy in 1963, move to washing pots in 1965, became a chef's apprentice in 1969 and have been a career professional ever since. I am still involved in professional foodservice as a consultant for food and beverage professionals.


END Commentary for Friday, July 29, 2011 by Chef Elvin P. McCardle

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This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Elvin P. McCardle

Recipes created by Chef Elvin P. McCardle on March 15, 1982 in Ventura, CA.



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This is #1327, an 11” x 14" original oil painting by Beverly Carrick entitled, “Wishin’." It's among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, located at http://www.beverlycarrick.com or at Brian Carrick's Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, "Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick." Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and is known around the world. Her work hangs in private and public galleries and is followed by a great many fans that circle the globe. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It's possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the Elemental News of the Day!

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This is a photo of Brian Carrick managing the Plynth on 10-31-1980 at the Funworld gig in Bakersfield, CA. 

  this is a shot of Brian Carrick on vacation at Morro Bay, CA, on 10-17-1980 deep-sea fishing off the coast. 

This is a shot of Chuck Swartz, guitarist and vocalist with the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, on 11-05-1978 after the band arrived home from the Garces Memorial High School gig. 

  This is a shot of bassist/vocalist Victor Gaona at Taft, CA, on 09-15-1978 fronting the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers. 

  This is a shot of Vernon McMahon (left), guitarist and vocalist and Victor Gaona (right), bassist and vocalist with the MHB at a rehearsal at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA. 

        This is a shot of Groucho the Cat at Shamrock on 09-20-1978 in Bakersfield, CA. 

    this is a shot of Cayucos, CA on 11-08-1980 during a visit there by Brian Carrick. 

      this is a shot of the famous Roast Pork plate at the Stockdale Country Club on 10-13-1988.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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