Join us this week in celebrating old Willie Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday or the 400th anniversary of his death — both happened in April (just not the same year). “The plate’s the thing wherein we’ll catch” the belly of the king of bards. Here’s what’s cooking for you this week: Louisiana red beans and rice with hot water cornbread, brisket tacos with slow-cooked mayacoba beans, white lasagna with an artichoke and spinach béchamel sauce and chicken, and a shrimptastic po-boy Friday .
What We’re Cooking for You This Week
Tuesday, April 26
Special made Louisiana red beans and rice with hot water cornbread and house salad. We’ll also have available the veggie sides of cabbage and kale or a roasted veggie medley. Our red beans come fully and deeply flavored, cooked in our own house-made smoked ham hock stock, and, on the side, for your dining pleasure, you can chose a side of cabbage and kale or roasted veggies that will totally set the week in motion. Few know Willie Shakespeare suffered through the frustration of a failed country music career. It wasn’t until after his death in April 1616 that this gargantuan hit topped the charts: “Let’s go to Stratford-on-Avon with Marlow and Willie and the boys. This successful life we’re livin’ got us feuding like the Lancasters and Yorks. Between Johnny Donne’s death songs and Ben Jonson’s Humours and Eddie Spenser’s Fairie Queen, out in Stratford-on-Avon ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain.” Yep. ol’ Willie just wanted to return to the basics of love. Does this have anything to do with beans? Sorta. Beans and poetry seldom find themselves in the same room without musical accompaniment.
Wednesday, April 27
Brisket tacos, slow cooked mayacoba beans, cilantro lime slaw, and fresh salsa. Our overnight brisket chopped and served on lightly fried corn tortillas with slow-cooked mayacoba beans, lime cilantro slaw, and fresh salsa will help you rethink the traditional taco. Henry VI, Part 2 has Cade declaring he’ll right all societal wrongs, “I will make it felony to drink small beer.” In that same act and scene, we find this little gem from Dick in response, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the tacos.” Who knew such opprobrium fell upon our tortilla friends in Shakespeare’s day? Maybe Shakespeare was anachronistically using some modern English slang, “We totally killed those tacos, dude.”
Thursday, April 28
White lasagna with an artichoke and spinach béchamel sauce with chicken and a puttanesca red sauce as the bottom layer. Though Shakespeare didn’t coin the term “cougar,” describing an older woman involved with a younger man, he sure lived it. While yet a tender 18, Shakespeare married the lovely Anne Hathaway who was a much more experienced 26. Yes, it was a blunderbuss wedding, for just about six months later, Anne had a bouncing baby girl they named Susanna. What really distinguished Anne was the hard work of the daughter of a yeoman farmer. Anne could grow, make, cook, churn, fix-it-all, skin a buck, and run a trotline in the river Avon (Willie wrote “A Country Girl Can Survive” for her). Her daughter Susanna had this remarkable phrase in Latin added to her mother’s tombstone (Anne was interred right next to Willie) in loving remembrance, “Breasts, O mother, milk and life thou didst give. Woe is me — for how great a boon shall I give stones? How much rather would I pray that the good angel should move the stone so that, like Christ’s body, thine image might come forth! But my prayers are unavailing. Come quickly, Christ, that my mother, though shut within this tomb may rise again and reach the stars.” Yep. This lasagna will feel like, well, the mothering place of a hard-working woman who can plow a field or make pasta all day long.
Friday, April 29
Shrimptastic Friday: Barbecued shrimp stuffed po-boys or fried green tomato and shrimp po-boys with house-made remoulade sauce. Take a half-size po-boy, hollow the bread to make a bread cave, stuff it with our own New Orleans style barbecued shrimp (prepped in loads of butter, white wine, and saucy spices), cover it with barbecue sauce, and grab the napkins. Or grab our fried green tomatoes, add some shrimp sautéed in our barbecue sauce, our house salad with house-made dressing, some remoulade sauce, and you’ve got a little more than a po-boy, you’ve got a “Whoa-boy.” Following the battle of Harfleur in Henry V where King Henry V cries, “Once more into the breach dear friends, once more…,” we find Pistol, Nym, Bardolf, and their boy servant waxing rhapsodic about surviving a battle when the boy says, “Would I were in an alehouse in London! I would give all my fame for a po-boy and safety.” Well, the po-boy didn’t really originate in New Orleans during the 1920’s, it surfaced in Elizabethan England as the favored fare of pub-goers. Are we surprised?
Have a look: Stone House Eats Standard Menu!
Stone House Eats Bread Baked Daily
Lunch Served | 11am-2pm Tuesday — Friday
You can find our house at 828 Julia Street in Rayville, Louisiana. You can call us at (318) 267-4457.
Thanks for letting us serve you, and may God bless you richly as you sit at the table.
Willie was known for the philosophical turn, too, as he wrote in As You Like It, “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” Preach on, dear brother, preach on.