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“The Salad Chef Speaks, Part XXXV: Today marks the Final Installment of the Salad Chef (until the Next Time, of Course), which means, the Murph saved the Best for Last: Tropical Salads I!” by Chef Murph MacDougal


 
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THE SALAD CHEF SPEAKS, PART XXXV



The Salad Chef Speaks, Part XXXV: Today marks the Final Installment of the Salad Chef (until the Next Time, of Course), which means, the Murph saved the Best for Last: Tropical Salads I!” by Chef Murph MacDougal



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Bakersfield, CA, 03-03-2013 Su: It is a great day to be at Sunday, the last day of the blogging week here at the AICP-END and that means, tomorrow, the great James “JT” Tobiason enters the back door of the building on Roberts’ Lane and takes the equally famous Stinkbug Chair over for his week. I am returning home to San Louie and look forward to doing so as it is always a good thing to head back home, especially since kern County finally has completed a lot of roadwork on the east-west roads between the coast and the state's interior.  It used to be when one headed west out of Bakersfield, either through Wasco on the 46 or the 166 through Taft, California, took their lives in their hands as the shoulders were almost nonexistent and fools always attempted to pass to the right of the driver as there were no turnouts nor were there any passing lanes.  Now, however, a great deal of money has gone into fixing the 46 as well as the 58 which one can now safely take back and forth without risking one’s life.  The 46 is the one of choice, however, as the road has been refurbished by Kern County, connecting it to the work done long ago by Ventura and/or Santa Barbara Counties.  One heads west out of Bakersfield, passes through Lost Hills, and eventually hits the beautiful town of Paso Robles.  From there, you head south, pass through Templeton and Atascadero on the 101, and enter SLO from the north.  Believe me, it is a good trip, no one ends up dying quite as often, and the scenery is improving, if you can believe that.  

San Luis Obispo is sort of the crossroads if one wishes to hit the coast coming from the east as from there, it is just a short trip to the northwest and you hit the beautiful seaside town of Morro Bay, California, the place that has the “Rock,” the big slab of sedimentary rock leftover from the Creation.  Otherwise, if one wishes to hit Santa Barbara, one heads south on the 101, passes through Arroyo Grande and Nipomo, onward to Santa Maria, and from there, down the “back way” through Los Olivos and on to the Gaviota State Park.  From there, the 101 continues on a bit more southbound until it becomes the “One,” which leads one to Goleta, Isla Vista, and the beautiful Santa Barbara.  Living anywhere close to the coast, if not on the coastline itself, is a true privilege in life, as had not my parents and grandparents lived in SLO, I probably would never have had the ability to live here.  There is so much beauty along the coast of California, that everyone in the world wishes he or she had a home here but lo and behold, it is impossible because of the cost.  Moreover, if the government keeps socking it to employers as well as employees, no one is going to be able to afford a shack on the outskirts of Guadeloupe, farther north.  That brings me to the issue at hand, the fact that now, we have dealt with one crisis but that another one—far worse than the sequestration!—looms at the end of the month: THE BIG SEQUESTRATION!
Did you know that the looming budget crisis upcoming on March 31st makes what has been ongoing for the past two months look like nothing and yet, no one is talking about it.  The Constitution requires that the Congress produce and pass a budget every single year, which the President then signs but did you know that in the era of Obama, there has never been one single budget, period?  The reason for this is that the President and his Administration have spent so much money, that if the American people had any idea as to how much he has spent, they would rise up and riot in the streets.   Why do you think that the President is so enamored of playing this ongoing, never-ending Class Warfare battle upon which, he embarked from the moment he left office?  He has been fighting hard to make sure that the rich are always to blame while he promotes the issues of the Head Count, the so-called Ninety-Nine-Percenters who feel that it is the duty of the government to redistribute the wealth of others?  Something has to happen because if we do not make an attempt to save the nation prior to the NEXT oncoming crisis, at some point, people are going to flood the streets and what is going on in Syria is going to look like a picnic in the Soviet Union!
Anyhow, by the time I return to the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day, whatever is going to happen is already going to have happened.  We will talk about it then when I return sometime in October of this year unless, of course, we get a new author, which will extend my time off!  However, I am urging all of you—including you Democrats, Socialists, and Ninety-Nine-Percenters—to call your congressperson and tell them: “It is time to quit thinking of your own political future and time for you to save the nation!” There—how do you like that?  It is time that we put social justice in its place, I mean if I hear my priest talking about “social justice” one more time, I am going to boycott my church and become an Anglican, enough of this crap.  I stand to lose my business just as everyone else in this once-wonderful nation stands to lose theirs and if something does not happen and soon, the fish is cooked, over and done, and that will do it. 
Today, we are making one last final salad, my wonderful Tropical Salad, not something that is truly “tropical” but beautiful enough to appear “tropical,” which is precisely what we want.  I think when you have an opportunity to try it—as a starter salad, mind you, and not an entrée-sized one!—your guests are going to love it, of this, I assure you!  Here it is, try it out for yourself and bon appétit!

(#1745-G) TROPICAL SALAD I

 

Many times, we search for new and different ways to present the same thing and that is the beauty of working in the world of professional foodservice, we have the opportunity in much the same way that a musician has when composing songs: we have the same notes but how can I put them together differently and create a masterpiece?  Well, this salad bears mute testimony to that fact as it not only quite beautiful; it uses much of the same ingredients used in a wide variety of other dishes.  That is the beauty of working in the salad department, sure, it might not seem to be a “sexy” job but for those who enjoy creating gourmet beauties on a daily basis, it is a wonderful department in which, to work!
Yield:  four servings / Mis-en-place: with parsley flakes—8 hours; normal prep-time: 30 minutes; serving time: 8-10 minutes. 
 

 

Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
1
Head
Butterleaf lettuce, trimmed and rinsed
 
2
Cups
Canned or fresh pineapple chunks
 
1
15-oz. can
Mandarin orange segments
Drained
2
Medium
Oranges, peeled and seeded; segmented
Halved
2
Each
Vine-ripened tomatoes, cored, cut into eighths, halved;
1
6-oz. can
Black olives
Drained
1
Cup
Seedless red grapes, rinsed, picked over, and halved 
1
Cup
Thompson seedless grapes, rinsed, picked over, and halved 
1
Basket
Strawberries, hulled, rinsed, and sliced
 
Splenda (sugar-based sweetener)
 
4
Sprigs
Fresh parsley
Rinsed
Freshly minced parsley flakes, rinsed & dried
See Step #8 FIRST!
Salad dressings of choice
 

 
Method:

1.     Mis-en-place: have everything ready with which to work! First, chill four salad-sized plates by inserting them into your refrigerator or into a pan filled with crushed ice.
2.     Next, prepare the butterleaf lettuce by gently rinsing it, then by removing the outer leaves.  Trim off any unsightly edges and then soak the remaining leaves in ice water.  After several minutes, drain them and spin them dry in a salad spinner. 
3.     Drain the Mandarin orange segments, and then place them in a pan and chill.  As for the whole oranges, cut off the ends and then remove all of the skin and the pith leaving nothing but the bright orange fruit; separate the segments, pluck out the visible seeds, and cut into slices.  Refrigerate the grapes in their own individual containers as well.
4.     Next, hull the vine-ripened tomatoes, then cut into eighths and then cut each eighth into half.  Place them into a container and refrigerate.
5.     Drain the olives, discarding the brine, and place them into a small pan and refrigerate.
Beverly Carrick Snow making salads in 2011...we miss you!
6.     Prepare the grapes as directed above; however maintain them in separate containers within your refrigerator.
7.     Next, hull the strawberries and then rinse them off underneath cold running water.  Spin them dry in the spinner, then cut them into medium-sized slices; place in a container, sprinkle with Splenda and refrigerate.
8.     Finally, rinse the parsley sprigs and chop the parsley for the flakes.  It is best to always cut fresh parsley after removing the stems, then using a sharp French or Chinese knife, mince the remainder.  Then, tie the parsley flakes up into a tight ball of cloth and squeezing hard, rinse the excess color off it underneath cold running water.  Continue rinsing the parsley as you squeeze the knot with all your might (taking care not to tear the cloth!) until the water flows CLEAR.  Then, slap the parsley knot against the counter forcing out any additional moisture and finally, let it sit out overnight.  The next day, place the parsley onto a sheet pan and air dry at room temperature—this is how you do it!
9.     To serve the salads, bring out the chilled salad plates and dry them off, taking care to remove any moisture.  Then, set all of the salad ingredients in front of you and place the attractive outer leaves of the butterleaf lettuce.  Atop that, place mounds of the remaining butterleaf lettuce—torn into chunks by hand—until you use up all of it.
10. Next, place chunk pineapple on the “south side” while placing fresh orange segments on the “north side” (directly across from the pineapple). On the “west side,” place mounds of Mandarin oranges while on the “east side,” place some of the strawberries while scattering the remainder on top of each salad.  Now, insert tomato bits at various points around the edge and then by scattering olives and the two grapes over all.  Place parsley sprigs on the eastern border while sprinkling fresh parsley flakes over the entire salad.  Finally, sprinkle each salad with a heavy dosing of Splenda to add additional sweetener to each one.
11. To serve, place the salads atop doily-lined underliners (a second larger serving plate), place on trays, add goosenecks of whatever dressings the diners have requested, and take to the table.  Provide hot bread with whipped butter, then leave them to it—they are going to love it! 
Chefs tack names onto all sorts of things and while this salad may not seem “tropical,” to someone somewhere in the world, it is going to appear to be quite “tropical.”  Anyhow, it is important to attach names to successful dishes so when one wants to use them on a banquet or for a special menu, they have photos of it and know it works.  Always keep a record of your work; it is extremely important that you do!
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          Okay, friends, that is it for today and for this week.  Remember: it is time for all of us to call our congressperson and tell them to tell the President to quit calling for everyone to work together when he is the one keeping his side from working together with the other side!  I mean, how—in a rational world—can the leader of the Senate get away from being impeached for never bringing a budget to the floor and voting on it much less passing anything else authored by a Republican?  He is worthy of being booted out of the government and left face-down in a muck pit.  How can our government be so torn apart, it is as if the Democrats’ control over the low information voters is so complete that they are the true mind-numbed robots of George Orwell’s 1984 novel! I am sorry, if something is not done and soon, our nation is going to slip beneath the waves and people around the world are going to say, “Do you remember the once-great United States of America?  Whatever happened to it?  Well, it was destroyed over the course of eight years, two terms of Barack Hussein Obama, the first minority president ever elected, a man who could have gone down in history among the greats and have ended up on Mt. Rushmore.   Instead, he gave into the leftists and sold the nation out—see you in October, that is, if I am not imprisoned or dead, myself, in the muck pit!  (I hope it is just a joke but if I do not come back, well, you figure the rest out!)

 
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Thank you, my friends!

Murph MacDougal

Murph MacDougal

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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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