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Today’s album is Frank Zappa’s twenty-second solo album (actually TWO records on one disc), “Them or Us/Thing Fish,” came out in 1984 and is another pair of fine albums recorded by this amazing musical genius.  Normally, we offer albums one at a time as the Barking Pumpkin record label released them in chronological order but in this case, we decided that these two excellent LPs had to be heard on ONE amazing disc!  Please visit Amazon.com, the world’s greatest online department store in the world and pick up this delightful CD, do it now by using the link posted above; you are going to be glad you did!              





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THE SALAD CHEF SPEAKS, PART XXX

 



The Salad Chef Speaks, Part XXX: Our Libertarian Blogger continues what she started Yesterday: more amazing and delicious Salads, what with her Kiwi Salad on the Menu for Today!” by Chef Murph MacDougal



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Bakersfield, CA, 02-26-2013 T: We had a great first discussion yesterday about what it means to be a Libertarian and WHY it is important that the nation have a powerful third party.  One thing I need to mention right away lest someone get a wrong idea is that the United States is different than European nations in that we have a powerful executive elected by the people.  If the Libertarian Party were in effect, we would not have “coalition governments” as they do in most of the rest of the world in which, they have parliaments and which leads to political instability much of the time unless the ruling party has enough members in the representative branches.  That is not to say that maybe the Republicans and the Libertarians would not join forces to beat up on the Democrats but my true feeling is that the Republicans and the Democrats would join forces to beat the real party of the people, the Libertarians.  Libertarians are about personal freedom as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others and we also believe that “victimless” crimes are a tool of the state as let’s face it, the prison system, as oppressive as it is, is a money-making tool for both the states and the nation. This is because without plenty of prisoners passing through the system, they would not get the money they presently get.  No, it is important to break this monster down, as it turns many people into hardened criminals that never would have been criminals ever in their lives.  Do any of you who are old enough remember how many people lost their liberties merely for smoking marijuana back in the 1960’s and the 1970’s?  Plenty of famous and well-known people as well as the poor, the nameless, and the powerless spent many years behind bars all for the crime of smoking something given to humanity by God.  I remember poor Dino Valenti, the lead singer and a guitarist for the Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of the San Francisco bands from the ‘Summer of Love’ era spent many years behind bars simply for possessing weed.  He wrote the anthem of the times, “Get Together,” that not only the Jefferson Airplane recorded but also the Youngbloods, the band who made it famous.  Many other poor souls spent many years locked up under horrifying circumstances for smoking pot and now, practically every state in the country is fighting to legalize it and decriminalize it.  Only the Federal government continues persecuting individuals for pot crimes, which to me is a travesty!
What can we do about things like this, these travesties of justice?  For one thing, you can find the local Libertarian Party office in your area and you can register Libertarian.  As I mentioned to you yesterday, many times I have to hold my nose lest the stink of voting Republican kill me but it is far better voting for them than the ultra-leftists in charge of the nation now.  Back in the 1960’s, the musicians of the time warned us of the dangers of “Big Brother,” and now more so than ever, Big Brother is knocking at the door trying to enter our homes, our bedrooms, our minds.
Right now, many people are enamored of Barack Obama’s policies as “boy, is he socking it to the one-percenters, those evil rich guys!”  I am sorry, we should all have the same opportunity to attain wealth or not to, whatever is our desire, all we ask of the federal government is to make the playing field fair, not make it profitable for some and horrible for others.  It is like the marijuana issue, whether you smoke it or you don’t, it’s no one else’s business but yours, just like it is no one’s business what consenting adults do in their bedrooms.  What we object to is the ongoing and constant intrusion of the government into our everyday lives as many times, we are criminals and do not even knows it what with the hundreds of laws passed every single year in both our state capitals and in Washington D.C.!  Most people do not give this a single thought but I tell you, this is not by chance, it is by intent as the more people penalized for breaking laws they did not know even existed means the more money going into the coffers of the government.  We must do something about this horrendous and omnipotent animal intent on stealing away our rights.  As a community, we must do something lest all our rights are permanently lost to those desirous of taking them from us!
One of the good things about coming to Bakersfield is that I get to listen first hand to Jaz McKay on AM 1560 Radio here in Kern County.  The man is a Libertarian without even knowing it, sure, he talks about being a conservative Republican but what he espouses is LIBERTARIANISM.  I urge anyone with Internet access to listen to him; he is more a voice of Libertarian ideals than he is of Republicanism.  The problem is like the prison industry, BIG GOVERNMENT is a business, it is about making money, staying in power, and being a part of the same creature, both Republicans and Democrats generally work together.  Sure, it may not always seem like that as they say horrible things about one another but regardless of who is in power, do any of these myriad crises we continually hear about—say, the sequester, for instance—ever come true?  No, but they scare the old folks by telling them, “your social security checks are going to be late,” they tell parents, “teachers will get laid off” and furthermore, they say “cops and firefighters are going to be furloughed.”  However, how often do any of these terrifying threats ever bear fruit, practically never!  They just scare the people into doing their bidding, like in last year’s California State Election; Governor Jerry Brown got the voters to vote for a tax increase because he scared the bejesus out of them! THIS IS NOT RIGHT!
Okay, enough, we are here to cook, not discuss politics all day long, we cannot afford to have the government close us down as they did our original blog over at Choseit.com.  We are making a beautiful Kiwi Salad today, something that is not only beautiful to behold like a blooming rose garden but a joy to eat, too (you can eat roses, by the way).  It is a good one to serve as a House Salad due to the availability of fresh kiwifruit every single day so why not give it a test run on your special dinner menus tonight?  Here we go:

(#1745-B) KIWI SALADS

 

Medleys of fruit, vegetable, and other items combined with artistry and skill produces beautiful salads.  One needs to take time to perfect the salad how they want it to appear and then get comfortable doing it.  Usually, one increases the speed with which they crank out any dish, salads included, the main thing one needs do is to have all of the items ready to go or as closely as possible so they mass produce them in a fast-paced restaurant. 
Yield:  four servings / Mis-en-place: 45 minutes:
 

 

Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
1
Large head
Iceberg lettuce
 
1
Small head
Romaine lettuce
 
4-6
Each
Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced 
 
1
Basket
Strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced 
 
1
Medium
Carrot, ripple-cut
 
1
Large
Celery stalk, Chinese-cut (angle-cut)
 
2
Large
Peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
 
2-3
Each
Scallions, slivered 
 
1
Small
Cucumber, peeled and sliced
 
Freshly-minced parsley flakes
Rinsed and dried
4
Each
Parsley sprigs
Rinsed
Salad dressing of choice
 

 

Method:
1.     Mis-en-place: have everything ready with which to work! Chill your salad plates and have them ready.  Clean the lettuces by removing the outer leaves.  On the romaine, keep the better-looking outer leaves for the foundation, chopping the rest.  As for the iceberg lettuce, discard the outer leaves, chopping the rest.  Soak both chopped lettuces together, then drain and spin dry using a salad spinner.  Rinse and dry the romaine outer leaves and set aside.
2.     Peel the kiwifruit, then slice each one into rounds and set them aside in a pie pan or a small dish. 
3.     Hull the strawberries, rinse them underneath cold running water, and then spin dry in the salad spinner.  Place them in a second pan and have ready. 
4.     Peel the carrot, remove the tips, then slice it into thin diagonal ripple-cut slices; set them aside until required.
5.     Rinse the celery stalk, then using a sharp knife, cut them into a “Chinese-cut” by holding the stalk at an angle then by slicing it sideways up to the end giving you angular cuts.  Set them aside.
6.     Peel and pit the peaches, then slice them into thin pieces and set them aside. 
7.     Sliver the scallions after rinsing them, NEVER after; set them aside.
8.     Peel the cucumber, slice it into thin rounds and set aside.
9.     Have the remaining ingredients ready to go.
10. To assemble the salads, bring out the four chilled plates; place a foundation of romaine leaves on each plate as decoratively as possible, then pile up a small mound of iceberg lettuce atop each one.
11. Now, as decoratively as possible as this is where the artistry of this much under-appreciated position in the kitchen comes into play, place the individual components in individual mounds upon each plate.  Use the creative side of your brain to layer them as attractively as possible then when done, garnish the salads with parsley flakes, slivered scallions, and parsley sprigs.  Your salads are now ready to serve and believe me; the guests are going to go wild.  Serve with dressings of choice either by swirling them over and across each salad or by serving them alongside each in goosenecks.  
During the spring and summer, everyone appreciates beautiful salads that combine both fruits and vegetables and this one does just that, and it is electrifying to the eye, another selling point making the cost affordable.  

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This is a picture of me when I was a young chef in the kitchen back in 1975. I apprenticed underneath my father and spent six years working for him in his British-Irish Restaurant in Fresno, California. I later moved to Frazier Park, California, and spent quite a few years working in the area and that is where I met Stinkbug. Anyhow, I am now working at a country club over on the coast near San Luis Obispo.

Chef Murph MacDougal writes from San Luis Obispo, California.

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