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“Soup Seminar, Pt. XVI: Chicken-Vegetable Soup—the Flipside of Yesterday’s Soup Coin!”

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Chef James “Jimmy” Hall

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Friday, August 05, 2011 by Chef James “Jimmy” Hall

SOUP SEMINAR, PT XVI: CHICKEN-VEGETABLE SOUP—THE FLIPSIDE OF YESTERDAY’S SOUP COIN!


 Soup Seminar, Pt. XVI: Chicken-Vegetable Soup—the Flipside of Yesterday’s Soup Coin!



Bakersfield, CA, 08-05-2011 F:  Well, here it is: Friday in Bakersfield, once more.  This is my ninth blog post for the new Elemental News of the Day at Blogspot.com and my fifth in a row and fifth soup installment.  Up until Elvin P. McCardle and I stepped forward, the Soup Seminar had sort of lagged behind the other series we do here so we decided between us that we would knock out a bunch of soups and bring it in line with the rest of them.  Stinkbug gave us his blessing as he likes to take a lot of time off so we jumped in, got our feet wet, broke recipes that make 6-12 gallons into ones that make 1-2 quarts.  It’s the mathematics that sometimes cause problems in reductions as sometimes no matter what, you go so far down in an important ingredient such as water and end up with little or nothing so note: you may always need to adjust a measurement so that it works for you.  That is what we want, that is our goal here: to make the misunderstood or the mysterious into something you can easily do at home or at your job and shine like a diamond doing.

  You know, in a couple of months, Brian Carrick, one of our exalted members will be marrying the Lovely Lady Linda on Halloween which is going to be a time of celebration for all of us here at the END.  The ring he’s bought her is absolutely beautiful, the diamond is to die for!  I’ve never seen a happier man or a happier woman and the union is going to be for the rest of their lives.  The party will be held at the Noriega House on Baker Street, one of the most scenic places in Old Town Kern and it’s going to be the event of the year.  It’s rumored that Bakersfield mayor Harvey Hall might be in attendance as will other notaries.  Be sure to put it on your calendars so you can send your good wishes to the happy couple.  Oh, one note: the actual marriage proposal will take place at the annual Carrick Family birthday party on August 20th which will be a Hawaiian Luau at the Carrick home. 

Our soup for today is the “flipside of yesterday’s soup,” Turkey-Vegetable. It’s Chicken-Vegetable Soup and is a definite delight that is easy to make and a pleasure to consume.  Now, as yesterday’s soup was NOT a diet-friendly soup, this one is as it’s NOT made with either butter or heavy cream.  Granted, those things enrich and enliven the taste of a soup but if one is serious about dropping pounds and achieving better health, it’s important to leave the two behind and move on to stock/broth soups.  This one is just that: it’s a stock-based soup that is super when made with stock you’ve made from your own chicken carcasses and vegetable scraps.  During our series on the Prepmaster, we explained how to make quite a few different stocks so you can look up what you need to know right here at the Elemental News of the Day! Let’s do it:

(#528) CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP





Yield: about TWO quarts / Mis-en-place: about an hour preparation time.


Method:



1.      Combine the following in a pot over medium-heat:



Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
2.5
Quarts
Chicken broth

.5
Cup
Diced leeks

.5
Cup
Sliced broccoli florets

.5
Cup
Sliced cauliflower florets

1
Cup
Chopped spinach

.5
Cup
Chopped cabbage

1
Cup
Cubed zucchini

.5
Cup
Cooked beans

1.5
Cups
Diced tomatoes without juice (pat dry on paper towels)
1.5
Teaspoons
Gaucho seasoning  (Recipe #226)

.25
Teaspoon
White pepper

.25
Teaspoon
Minced garlic

.5
Teaspoon
Celery salt

.5
Teaspoon
Granulated onion

1
Piece
Bay leaf

1.5
Teaspoon
Freshly minced parsley

1
Cup
Chopped chicken meat

.5
Cup
Green peas

1
Cup
Cooked pasta, preferably egg noodles




Method:

2.      As for pasta, nothing is more important than buying the best. The best will never let you down as do the cheaper brands. The last thing you want to have happen is for the soup to become cloudy due to the breakdown of the cheap pasta! One other thing- if you like, you can sub beef base and minced beef in place of the chicken. If you like, tighten it up w/ a little bit of tomato puree.

This is one of the all-time great soups that anyone can make.  The ideal thing about it as pointed out in #2 is that it can be transformed into Beef Vegetable Soup or any other soup for that matter by changing the stock and the meat.  Experiment and surprise yourself! After all, that is how the best recipes are uncovered/discovered: by going into the kitchen with a bunch of ingredients and a legal pad and a pencil.  This way, you can get in there and get in up to your elbows and make something!

As 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!

Jimmy Hall

James Hall

Cook III, CWC, ACF, and Maui Chef’s Association

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This is me as a chef during the 1980's when we took a group photograph for a Chefs de Cuisine yearbook. At the time, I was working at a hotel in Bakersfield, CA, down on Union Avenue. It was still somewhat nice and the area was still the original "restaurant row" of the city. Now, I am in my sixties and am working over in Santa Barbara, CA, as a food and beverage director for a country club.

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END Commentary for Friday, August 05, 2011 by Chef James “Jimmy” Hall

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