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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Impeachment, like turkey gravy, if not based upon a solid foundation- in this case a long-simmered stock and a slow-cooked, medium brown roux- is bound to fail with dire consequences for the chef

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Politicians, like chefs, must either do it right or pay the price…
San Diego, CA 92122, 11-28-2019 Thursday:  Good morning!  ¡Buenas mañanas!  Welcome to the 2019 Thanksgiving Day celebration here at the blog.  It is always a pleasure to come in and do a holiday here, no matter what it is.  We take considerable pride in our self-appointed work and we hope that one day, we will become the big boys (and girls) on the block, you know, los grandes (y niñas) en el bloque, what with a big professional website and additional writers and news writers.  Everyone must begin somewhere and since we are in the midst of our ten-year celebration, it could be coming soon.    
You know, life is akin to making top-notch turkey gravy, you either do it the ‘right way’ or you don’t.  To make the best gravy- and note- meat and/or poultry-based, roux-formed ‘sauces’ are NOT ‘sauces’ in the classical sense but are true gravies and more American culinary art than they are European or elsewhere. 
We roast our turkeys a day or two before the holiday, which might seem strange to folks at home who generally attempt to do everything the same day, possibly beginning the night before.  Some things, mis amigos, you simply cannot rush, like say, impeaching a president?
We slather the turkeys inside and out with vegetable oil and stuff raw butter underneath the breast skin.  We also add our salt, pepper, and plenty of garlic.  Garlic is a must and anyone saying otherwise has no clue as to what they are talking about so pay no attention to their mutterings. 
We add plenty of celery ends, tops, and leaves, onion and carrot scraps, some leeks, scallions, even some turnips and parsnips, to the cavities of the birds along with some orange peelings and lemon peelings.  We add whole thyme, some marjoram, and plenty of parsley, all the aromatics that will give the meat an aroma worthy of dying for as well as a tenderness possible only with the intercession of God cooked right into the meat.
We start the temperature high and then drop them down and once they begin to brown, we tent them with foil so as to prevent any overcooking or over-roasting of the wings and thighs.  As they cook, we ladle drippings back onto the meat and back into the cavities and once the ultimate internal temperatures hit 165° F., we remove them from the oven and begin cutting the meat away from the bones.
We do not wait until the birds are cool as some do, we take our time, using a poultry boning knife and scimitar to make clean cuts and to then lift the breast meat away from the carcass.  Then, we spend time on the thighs so we can remove as much of the dark meat as possible and set it aside, too. 
Then, the bones go into the steam-jacket along with the liquid part of the drippings.  As some are working on the meat, others are drawing the fat off the surface of the accumulated turkey stock.  We skim off this liquid fat and keep it separate from the stock.  When we have accomplished this task, we add the stock to the steam-jacket along with more of the root vegetables, seasonings, spices, and additional water and for good measure, some port wine along with more garlic heads. 
We slowly and patiently reduce the stock for a couple of days, concentrating the flavor.  Then, when it’s time to prepare the gravy, we bring out the solidified fat, put it into a heavy-bottomed, roasting saucepot, commonly known as a ‘G.I. pot,’ and heat it up. 
As it does so, we begin adding all-purpose flour to form a roux.  The kind we want is a medium-brown roux.  We whisk it continually while adding enough flour until it is very thick and then we put the roux pot into a 350° F. oven where we continue cooking it until we arrive at the color we desire, after 30-40 minutes.  Stir frequently.  
Then, it’s a matter of returning the hot stock to the roux, gradually, slowly, whisking all the while.  We do this so we do not create any lumps of flour or spice which would be devastating for the finished product.  It is all about time, minute by minute, hour by hour, whisking, stirring, and adding.  Then, by the time it is formed, we adjust the flavorings and return it to a cleansed steam-jacket for additional slow cooking until the saucier declares it ‘acabada, perfecta.’
Chefs always claim that ‘a good gravy will solve every problem, when it comes to turkey or chicken and dumplings or meatloaf, because a good gravy will cover up overcooked meat and lukewarm potatoes, rice, or dumplings.  Always spend the appropriate amount of time making your gravy and your star will rise into the heavens. 
Now, we could half-ass the gravy like what the Democrats are trying to do to President Trump with their fraudulent impeachment. 
Let’s say they are akin to a traitorous employee who has worked in our family’s restaurant and then decides that he or she is going to desert to the enemy and make ‘our gravy’ at ‘their place.’  Only, they don’t know the entire recipe or the full spectrum of ingredients because a chef NEVER exposes his or her complete recipes.
Let us say this traitorous former employee is Adam Schiff, (D-CA).  Let’s say he has convinced his new boss, Nancy Pelosi, that he can make better gravy at her place than we can do at ours.  Let’s say they bank on making loads of money and spend a lot of time going on various television programs telling everyone, “WE GOT THE GOODS!  WE ARE GOING TO PUT ON A BETTER THANKSGIVING DINNER THAN THE MUÑOZ DINER” (NOT the real name of our place for security reasons).
They invite everyone in the community.  They invite the bigwigs and they call in chefs from other places to witness their coup d’ grace. Everyone is excited, the big day is here, Chef Schiff puts out the holiday dinner course by course, crowing over each dish until we arrive at the BIG ONE, the main entrée, with the roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, the works.  Covering the meat and potatoes, he ladles out his ‘masterpiece,’ the famed turkey gravy he stole from us.
Well, he screwed it up and you can see the distaste on the faces of the assembled diners.  Some are pushing their plates away, so nasty is the meal.  They were all led to believe that this would be the dinner that would put the Pelosi restaurant on the map and would give them five Michelin stars, thus propelling Chef Schiff into the ozone layer for decades to come.
Only, it is a disaster and everything goes to hell.  Chef Schiff decides he can no longer live being the absolute catastrophe that he is.  He goes into the crapper of a cheap hotel, puts his knotted tie around his chicken-neck, and hangs himself.  Meanwhile, owner Pelosi blasts him to the press, saying, “He forced me to do this but I never wanted to so I am washing my hands and stepping away.”
The assistant cooks and the prep-master and all the rest of the kitchen denizens who climbed aboard the Schiff culinary train find they can no longer obtain jobs outside working at an IHOP, Sizzler, or a Denny’s[i], because they are known scumbags and will have to find something else to do like cleaning the crappers in high schools.
Amigos, it is important to be honorable and to do the right thing.  When one thinks they know it all and can make a fast buck off it, usually, it does not go the way they believed it would.
Friends, amigos, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and we will pick back up tomorrow.  Please, spend time on making your gravy as it is the crowning adornment to any turkey dinner.  Always has been ever since the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to do it and the Pilgrims passed it on to the rest of us.
Dios bendiga. Nos vemos de nuevo mañana un minuto después de la medianoche. Dios los bendiga a todos de nuevo.   
Executive Chef Pedro Muñoz
CEC, American Culinary Federation, Inc.




This is a caricature of me created by up-and-coming Bakersfield street artist Simone.  We decided to go this route to protect our identities from readers who make some virulent threats, which means we find it best to use cartoons instead of photos.  Anyhow,  I began my culinary career in the 1950's and had the good fortune of working with many different chefs before meeting my good friend, Stinkbug, in the mid 1980's in Bakersfield. I am still working part-time in my semi-retired years in my hometown in San Diego, CA.
Member of the CA063 San Diego Chefs de Cuisine Chapter 
Chef Pedro is now an Independent.

Chef Pedro writes from San Diego, CA


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11-28-2019 Thursday--Political Topics and Essays, Part MMII: “Impeachment, like turkey gravy, if not based upon a solid foundation- in this case a long-simmered stock and a slow-cooked, medium brown roux- is bound to fail with dire consequences for the chef” by Chef Pedro Muňoz
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Muňoz, Pedro. Impeachment, like turkey gravy, if not based upon a solid foundation- in this case a long-simmered stock and a slow-cooked, medium brown roux- is bound to fail with dire consequences for the chef.”  Political Topics and Essays, Part MMII
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TODAY IN HISTORY—NOVEMBER 28, 2019:





A.   741: St. Gregory III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
B.    1340: At the Battle of Salado, Spain, the Catholic hosts drive back the final invasion of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors.
C.   1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
D.   1582: Playwright and poet William Shakespeare weds Anne Hathaway.
E.    1775: The Second Continental Congress formally establishes the U. S. Navy.
F.    1795: The United States pays $800,000 ransom and a frigate to Algiers to get its sailors returned from the Arabs’ prisons.
G.   1861: The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union
H.   1885: At the end of the Third Anglo-Burmese War, British troops occupied Mandalay
I.      1905: Irish nationalists founded the terror-political party, Sinn Fein in Dublin.
J.     1912: Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire
K.   1916: During World War I, the first German zeppelin attacks take place over southern England.
L.    1919: American-born Lady Astor becomes the first female member of the British Parliament through winning an election.
M.  1922: Captain Cyril Turner of the British Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition spelling out, “Hello USA.  Call Vanderbilt 7200” over Times Square in New York; about 47,000 calls resulted in less than three hours.
N.   1925: The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
O.   1929: Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
P.    1939: The Soviet Union negates the non-aggression pact between their nation and neighboring Finland in preparation for launching the Winter War.
Q.   1941: During World War II on the Eastern Front, Axis troops temporarily abandon the Soviet city of Rostov due to Russian counterattacks.
R.   1942: Nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Coconut Grove Nightclub in Boston
S.    1943: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II.
T.    1944: The MGM movie musical “Meet me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland, opened in New York, six days after its world premiere in St. Louis.
U.   1948: Future guitarist/vocalist with the Australian rock group- Little River Band[ii]- Beeb Birtles- is born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on this date.
V.   1955: Future drummer with the British rock band, the Clash[iii]Rob Harper—is born in the United Kingdom on this date.
W. 1958: Chad, Gabon, and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community.   
X.   1960: Future guitarist with the British rock band, the Clash[iv]Nick Sheppard—is born in the United Kingdom on this date
Y.   1961: President John F. Kennedy dedicated the original permanent headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia.  Meanwhile, Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became the first African American football player to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.
Z.    1963: President Lyndon Baines Johnson announced that the federal government would rename Cape Canaveral to Cape Kennedy in honor of his slain predecessor.  However, a decade later by a popular vote of the residents, the name reverted to the original, Cape Canaveral.
AA.        1964: The United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course for Mars, which it flew past in 1965, sending back amazing photos of the red planet.
BB.         1968: John Lennon[v] suffers a £150 fine for possession of drugs.
CC.        1970: In the 58th Canadian Football League Grey Cup, the Montreal Alouettes defeat the Calgary Stampeders 23-10.
DD.        1971: In the 59th Canadian Football League Grey Cup, the Calgary Stampeders defeat the Toronto Argonauts 14-11.
EE.         1974: John Lennon performs on stage for the last time in his life, at Madison Square Garden in New York with Elton John[vi].
FF.          1977: Once a story appeared in print in Sports Illustrated magazine, the word was now out that Larry Byrd was “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon.”
GG.       1978: The Iranian government banned religious marches to stop the tidal wave of Islamic extremism.
HH.       1979: An Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
II.   1982: In the 70th Canadian Football League Grey Cup, the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Toronto Argonauts 32-16.
JJ. 1986: The administration of Ronald Reagan exceeds the limitations imposed by the SALT II treaty for the first time.
KK.       1987: A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
LL.         1990: Margaret Thatcher resigned as Britain’s prime minister on this date.
MM.     1993: In the 81st Canadian Football League Grey Cup, the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-23.  Meanwhile, Jerry Edmonton, original drummer for the rock band, Steppenwolf,[vii] died in a car crash.
NN.        1994: Norway votes against joining the European Union.  Elsewhere, in a Wisconsin prison, a fellow inmate murdered serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who chose to leave protective custody and go into the general population.  Finally, 1960s war protester Jerry Rubin died in Los Angeles, California, two weeks after being hit by a car; he was 56.
OO.       1995: U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55-MPH speed limit.
PP.          2001: Enron Corporation, once the world’s largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynergy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal.
QQ.       2002: Officials recovered the body of CIA official Johnny “Mike” Spann from a prison compound in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, after Northern Alliance rebels backed by U.S. airstrikes and Special Forces quelled an uprising by Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners.
RR.        2003: President George W. Bush returned to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, after a secret, nearly 36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops. 
SS.2004: NBC Sports chair Dick Ebersol was injured, his 14-year-old son Teddy among three people killed, when a charter plane crashed during takeoff outside Montrose, Colorado.
TT.         2010: Wikileaks releases 250,000 sensitive information and classified U.S. documents sent by embassies to the U.S. State Department; the U.S. government condemns the unauthorized disclosures.
UU.        2011: Violence begins to erupt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the people head to the polls for a general election.    
VV.        2012: Egyptian thug-dictator Mohammad Morsi announces he will address the nation about the executive decree he enacted that greatly increases his powers as president.
WW.    2013: Iran experiences a 5.6-magnitude earthquake, 35 miles from the Bushehr nuclear plant, raising concerns over the risk of radioactive leaks in the event of a major earthquake; seven people die and 30 are injured.  
XX.        2014: In Austin, Texas, police shoot and kill a man who set fire to the Mexican Consulate, shot at the police headquarters and the federal building as well as at other targets.  The authorities suspect it might have something to do with anti-immigration sentiments.                                                       









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[i] We are not criticizing these fine restaurants; we are just using them as examples as where a disgraced chef who has done something the way our fictionalized Chef Schiff has.
[ii] We are not sure when we will begin offering albums by the Little River Band as that could be another 5-10 years from now but one day, we most surely will because they are one of the world’s greatest bands.  Seeing them live in the 1970s was a mind-altering
[iii] We look forward to doing the Clash but expect to do Supertramp first, then Pink Floyd, then Electric Light Orchestra/the Move, then Yes, and then perhaps the Clash.  They are among the amazing British rock bands of the 1970s and deserve to be acknowledged as such.
[iv] See the preceding footnote.
[v] We began promoting the music of both the Beatles and the band’s individual components on Friday, 04-November-2016 through Sunday, 11-June-2018.  Besides the Beatles, we also promoted the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison as well as the Traveling Wilburys.    The “White Album” appeared on Thursday, 24-November-2016.  Please seek out this massive offering by visiting the blog posts between those dates. You will be glad you did.
[vi] We will be presenting Elton John’s music at some point.
[vii] We began offering albums by this veteran Canadian American rock band on Friday, 25-May-2012 until the final day of Sunday, 17-June-2012.  We encourage everyone to check out the music of this group as they are still rocking to this day with original vocalist John Kay at the helm. 













































































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