Few knew Olivia Newton-John was a space-race fan, but she really wanted her famous hit “Let’s Get Physical” to be “Let’s Get Orbital.” She just loved those men in those funky silver 1960’s era space suits. Well, you’ll just love what’s happening at our house as you approach liftoff to the weekend: Fettuccine Alfredo with sugar snap peas, snow peas, and ham and a shrimptastic Friday with shrimp étouffée on rice.
What We’re Cooking for You at Week’s End
Thursday, May 5
Fettuccine Alfredo with sugar snap peas, snow peas, and ham. Fettuccine noodles dressed in a creamy, homemade Alfredo sauce with sugar snap peas and ham added to make a surprisingly light and delicious meal. Where in the world does this famous Alfredo sauce originate? Well, the story goes that restauranteur Alfredo De Lelio had a pregnant wife with nausea who was losing weight, and he wanted something nutritious, simple, and hearty to keep her strength for the pregnancy. So, take good, fatty butter, add parmesan-reggiano, a little pasta water, and some fresh fettuccine noodles — presto! You’ve got the original pasta dish that kept Mrs. De Lelio firing on all cylinders. What folks may not know is that the dish looks to be a little older, maybe even traceable back to Roman times. A recipe for “maccheroni romaneschi” (which means “macaroni the Roman way”) can be found in a 15th century cookbook by Martino da Como called Libro de Arte Coquinaria. Hey, grab some of this pasta — you’ll feel historically pregnant, in a good way.
Friday, May 6
Shrimptastic Friday: Shrimp étouffée with rice ($15). Shrimp lovingly cooked with the tasty trinity veggies, a light roux, and delectable Cajun spices in a delicious sauce served over Louisiana rice will make you boogie up and down the street. Most folks don’t remember the name Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr., but we do (and so does Olivia!) because he first circled the earth as an astronaut way back in 1961 as the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 spacecraft. He flew around the earth in a sub-orbital flight about 116 miles above the earth for some 15 minutes. When he returned, all he wanted was his wife, a strong cup of coffee, and some shrimp étouffée. Yep. Who knew? What’s really great is that the shrimp étouffée helped him captain the Apollo 14 mission, and he became the fifth man to walk on the moon. The power of shrimp étouffée on Friday will send you into orbit. Let’s get orbital, Olivia’s already there.
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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.
Our crazy friend Jack Handey once remarked about space travel, “Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let’s say you’re an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham!, you just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he’s not Dracula, but you just say, ‘Think again, bat man.'” Did we say Jack was crazy?