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“Soup Seminar, Pt. XI: Shrimp Gumbo #1—a Southern Classic from Ventura Beach, California”

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Chef Elvin P. McCardle

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Chef Elvin P. McCardle


 Soup Seminar, Pt. XI: Shrimp Gumbo #1—a Southern Classic from Ventura Beach, California

Bakersfield, CA, 07-31-2011 Su:  I am going to finish out the week and then someone else will come in tomorrow and carry on the series, I believe.  We’ve been making soups now for several days and that’s good as soup-making is an important talent that any would-be chef needs to master as it can lead to better-paying gigs.  I remember I had this terrible fear when it came to making my first soup and always managed to get out of it until the chef grabbed me by the arm one day and stood me before the steam-jacket and told me to follow this recipe or else! 

The soup he gave me is the one we’re going to make today: Shrimp Gumbo #1.  Shrimp Gumbo is a classic soup and is a good one whenever a foodservice establishment does a lot of business in shellfish and seafood and has a need to rid themselves of leftovers or old product that’s still good but needs to be moved.  There’s nothing wrong with this, it happens all the time, and it hurts a foodservice establishment to lose money so they have to find ways to sell stuff quick.  In order to do this, they launch a big promotion and have the foodservers push it to every customer, the house will make money on marginal ingredients and unless one gets a stomach ache, everyone is happy.  If one does get a stomach ache, it’s possible it will happen a day or two after eating whatever food caused it and by that time, the diner will have no idea what the heck it was he or she ate that caused the disruption.  Pay attention to what restaurants and grocery stores put on sale, grocery stores are notorious for ridding themselves of old product by turning it over to the Deli Department who then cooks it for individuals to buy a quick meal or package it as soup.  Generally, I urge my readers to avoid this sort of stuff.

Anyhow, the soup we’re making today, I expect all of you to use only the finest ingredients so you will be proud of what you’ve made.  I spent too many years making specials and soups out of lesser quality foods and went home feeling guilty about it, especially when I heard that someone suffered a foodborne illness.  We must always be careful and it’s important to follow the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) program in determining potential dangers in our kitchen.  You can access the Federal Government’s FDA program for your own needs and educate yourself on protecting you, your family, and your customers from the dangers of foodborne illness by accessing the following link:  http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/hazardanalysiscriticalcontrolpointshaccp/default.htm

Let’s make our soup, shall we?

(#523) SHRIMP GUMBO #1

1. Yield: 1.5 quarts: / Mis-en-place: 1.5 hours.

Chicken broth

Chopped yellow onions

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

Diced chives

Frozen or fresh corn kernels (cooked)

Diced tomatoes with juice

Bay leaf

Chopped ham

Sliced okra

Gumbo file

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Whole pickling spice

Minced garlic

Bay shrimp meat

Worcestershire sauce

Crushed hot chilis

Leftover rice pilaf (or freshly cooked rice)


1.      Combine everything except for the rice in a pot large enough to hold it and bring to a boil; once there, lower flame and allow your gumbo to slowly cook along. During this time, maximum flavor will be reached.

2.       When you’re ready for service, you can either add the rice or bring up to high heat very briefly or you can have the servers add it as they go which I think is the best way.


This is a classic soup which is great whenever you have shrimp and shrimp shells on hand.  You can also substitute crab, mussels, or clams in its place for a uniquely different soup but made the same way. This is one of my favorites and is still something I occasionally place on my menu during the summertime as it’s a summertime soup.  You can run it anytime you care to, however, as it’s good all year-round.

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 Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Chef Elvin P. McCardle

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This is a shot of MHB drummer, Brian Carrick, holding one of his dogs, "Bro," on 12-25-1978 at home at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA.

 This is a photo of Brian Carrick and his then-squeeze, Nora Glenn, on 07-31-1981 in front of Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA, on the way out to dinner at the Kobi Japanese Restaurant.

this is a shot of Groucho the Cat on 09-29-1980 at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA. 

 this is a shot of Lupe Carrick at home on 10-31-1980 prior to leaving to photograph the Plynth onstage at Funworld. 

This is a shot of Brian Carrick's step-daughter, Marykay MacArthur and the Grandkids, Scott Alan, James, and Kaylea on Christmas of 1997 in Langley, WA. 
this is a shot of MHB Bassist, Victor Gaona, on 10-06-1978 at Lake Isabella, CA, during an appearance by the band there. It was a wild night and Vic really got into the show. 

    this is Sleepy the Cat on 10-13-1979 at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA. Sleepy was a wonderful cat. 

This is another shot of the famed roast pork plate at the Stockale Country Club on 10-13-1987 on the cook's line ready to go up in the window.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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