“Shout! Shout! Let it all out, these are the things we can’t do without!” Tears for Fears sang thirty years ago. Who knew they were singing about political activism? Well, we like to think they sang about pulled pork sandwiches. Yes. English blokes rhapsodizing pork. Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you to stem the end-of-summer blues: Fried chicken with a bean melange and whipped potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches on jalapeño bread, chicken carbonara pasta on bow tie pasta, and catfish tacos with fresh salsa, charro black beans, and jicama slaw.
What We’re Cooking for You This Week
Tuesday, August 16
Fried chicken with a melange of speckled butter beans, lady creams, and zipper creams with mixed sweet and white whipped potatoes. Chicken tenders bedded overnight in buttermilk and hot sauce come fried in a special flour recipe and served with a delicious melange of farm fresh speckled butter beans, lady creams, and zipper creams, with mixed sweet and white potatoes whipped into dreamy beauty, and flaky honey buttermilk biscuits. Way back in August 1990 Susan Hendrickson discovered the most complete T. Rex skeleton ever discovered in South Dakota. A whopping 13 feet high at the hip, measuring 42 feet from head to toe (with a five foot long skull that has teeth as long as an adult’s forearm), the specimen, lovingly called “Sue” resides at the Field Museum in Chicago. Somewhere, like in Jurassic Park, we remember hearing that birds — like chickens — might be modern relatives of the dinosaurs like T. Rex. Well, we smacked down some ferocious yard birds because they looked to much like their long lost cousins of yesteryear — we didn’t want them getting out of control like their relatives having that family reunion on Mr. Hammond’s island — and we fried them ever so nicely for you. T. Rex will be joining us, he loves him some fried chicken and whipped potatoes, and he has absolutely no scruples about eating a long-lost descendant. That’s why we like him — that, and he does a great Johnny Cash impression. We’re wondering how he’ll get in the door with his guitar, though.
Wednesday, August 17
Pulled pork sandwiches on jalapeño bread with apple slaw. Slow cooked pork, pulled to tender pieces, house made barbecue sauce, and jalapeño mayonnaise topped with our tart apple slaw on jalapeño bread form a porkalicious sandwich that simply makes your week better by helping you glide into one more summer weekend. Ray Bradbury writes in Dandelion Wine, “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” Feet dusted with spices sounds like wonderful. Well, this pork smells wonderful, too, though admittedly, it’s probably not as poetically wonderful as feet dusted with spices from millions of flowers.
Thursday, August 18
Chicken carbonara on bow tie pasta. We have bow tie pasta swimming in a lovely and creamy white sauce with lots of fine friends — oven-roasted chicken breast, mushrooms, garden fresh veggies, and green onions. French author Albert Camus realizes, “Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un été invincible.” That is to say, “In the midst of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” We’re thinking there might be something to that — an invincible summer inside us. Maybe we can have some chicken carbonara, capture a little sunshine, and keep the summer invincible in us for those days “au milieu de l’hiver.” Yep.
Friday, August 19
Catfish tacos on lightly fried corn tortillas with fresh salsas, charro beans, and jicama slaw. Take some specially seasoned and broiled catfish, add them to a lightly fried corn tortilla with some jicama slaw, fresh salsas, and charro beans, and you’ve got a rocket launcher for the weekend. Our good friend Harper Lee observed in To Kill a Mockingbird, “Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o’clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There’s no hurry, for there’s nowhere to go and nothing to buy…and no money to buy it with.” How did she capture the truth of a humid southern day? Catfish tacos. Yep. They had those when she worked her way through the Mockingbird manuscript in New York in the few years before its publication. Somehow, the tacos she found in a little hidden Mexican restaurant helped her pen something both magical and magisterial. Who knew?
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.
In his book Travels with Charley: In Search of America our old friend John Steinbeck traveling the roads with his faithful poodle wonders, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” We were wondering the same thing, just a little differently. Where is the cold of winter when it’s so hot? Of course, when it’s butt-cold (that’s a deeply technical meteorological term) outside, we’ll be wondering where in the world is summer?