Babar the Elephant has joined us at the table with his elephant army sporting painted backsides to scare the bad guys. Well, it worked as a deterrent to those rascally rhinoceroses, but we think sitting at the table provides a better way to make it through the week (and you don’t have to paint your backside — unless that’s how you roll). Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you to welcome you to the workaday world of the very early fall (even though it’s still hot): house-made hamburgers on jalapeño buns, chicken pot pie, spaghetti and meatballs, and blackened catfish with a beurre blanc crabmeat sauce over dirty rice.
What We’re Cooking for You This Week
Tuesday, September 6
House-made hamburgers on jalapeño buns with all the trimmings. Well, what’s better than home-made hamburgers, jalapeño buns, lots of trimmings? Nothing. TV chef and culinary explainer Alton Brown says, “I’m an absolute connoisseur of cheeseburgers and like to think that I can detect even mere percentages of shift in fat content in ground meat in a burger and can actually name the temperature to which it was actually cooked to the degree if I’m, you know, really on my game.” Well, we are none so fancy or gamey as Mr. Alton, but we will tell you a simple thing we learned a long time ago: kill the fat, kill the burger. So, we hide a little bacon in our burgers to make them juicy and savory. ‘Cuz everybody knows, bacon makes things better.
Wednesday, September 7
Chicken pot pie. Made with specially cooked chicken breast meat, a host of roasted root vegetables, and a scrumptious sauce made with our very own chicken stock, Stone House Eats chicken pot pie redefines mom’s old standby meal. Who is the most famous chicken character of all time? Well, believe it or not, according to Ranker.com, Lady Kluck of Disney’s Robin Hood stands at number 5 with Alan-a-Dale, also of Robin Hood, singing his way to number 4. Chicken Little of the-sky-is-falling fame, runs to number 3. Muppet Camilla the Chicken (Gonzo’s main squeeze) comes in at number 2. But, the most famous chicken of all (at least, according to the internet which always tells the truth) is our oldie, but goodie friend Foghorn Leghorn of Looney Tunes fame. Yep. This chicken pot pie should top your oldie, but goodie list of famous chickens (and no cartoon, puppet, or imaginary chickens were harmed in the making of the pies).
Thursday, September 8
Spaghetti with fresh marinara sauce and meatballs. Yes, it’s the old stand-by, but ours contains homemade marinara sauce and hand-patted meatballs served over piping hot pasta, and it’s just the right kind of pastalicious serving that makes life a little better as you head toward the weekend. Old “Blood and Guts” General George S. Patton once remarked, “A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.” Sounds like that leadership advice about not being able to push an elephant by the tail, you have to lead it by the trunk. Well, this spaghetti is the good elephant in the room, and you eat it one bite at a time (another famous elephant teaching). We’re not sure this makes much sense, but the spaghetti will help us get it sorted.
Friday, September 9
Blackened catfish with a beurre blanc crabmeat sauce, dirty rice, and house bread, ($15). Seasoned to perfection using Paul Prudhomme’s season recipe, we blacken the catfish in a white hot cast iron skillet, serve it atop dirty rice, add a little beurre blanc sauce with crab meat, and put a little house bread on the side. Yummy. Well, we learned something new this week: being catfished. It means someone (“the catfish”) makes a very persuading fake identity for the purposes of establishing a relationship for fake dating with “the catfishee” (a.k.a., “the victim”) for obtaining personal information from the victim. Well, we’re not sure what to say about that. But, our catfish is totally for real — identifiable and delicious — with no tricks. Well, no tricks except that it provides an early transport to the weekend because of it’s goodness. Come join us, we’d love to see you!
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.
Since we’re talking about elephants a little this week, our funny friend Groucho Marx jokes, “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.” We’re reminded of The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, which has a elephant in pajamas eating a picnic with his wife Celeste. Babar, interestingly, was first written in French as Histoire de Babar: Le Petit Elephant.