“O say can you see…,” Francis Scott Key wrote on September 13, 1814 as Key watched the British bombing Fort McHenry in Maryland. And, as day broke the grip of horrendous night, he saw the flag still flying. Yep. Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you as we move into early fall: Fried pork chops with speckled butter beans, brisket tacos with fresh salsas, fettuccine Alfredo with sugar snaps and ham, and shrimp with fried or creamy grits.
What We’re Cooking for You This Week
Tuesday, September 13
Fried pork chops, speckled butter beans, and savory-sweet green beans. Blissfully slumbering overnight in a special saucy boudoir of buttermilk and seasonings, these pork chops will ceremoniously swim with their special flour bathing suits in a big pot of hot and lovely grease, and they come served with a fresh speckled butter beans sided by our special savory-sweet green beans. Yes, interestingly enough, amid all the hubbub of gridiron protest during our national anthem of late, we arrive on the day when Francis Scott Key actually penned the famous poem. Originally published in newspapers, the poem was eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The Greek poet Anacreon wrote lots of odes on drinking and love, and so, in the late 18th century the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s club dedicated to music, food, an drink, sang this lovely little song to honor their patron. It has about six verses, opening with these lines: “To Anacreon in Heav’n, where he sat in full Glee, a few Sons of Harmony sent a Petition, that he their Inspirer and Patron would be; when this answer arriv’d from the Jolly Old Grecian ‘Voice, Fiddle, and Flute,’ no longer be mute, ‘I’ll lend you my Name and inspire you to boot, and, besides I’ll instruct you, like me, to intwine ‘The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus‘s Vine.'” Well, that’s history for you. Come join us for some fried pork chops, they can make sense of anything.
Wednesday, September 14
Brisket tacos, charro black beans, cilantro lime slaw, and fresh red and green salsas. Our overnight brisket chopped and served on lightly fried corn tortillas with charro black beans, lime cilantro slaw, and fresh tomato and tomatillo salsas will help you rethink the traditional taco. Forty-six years ago, President Jimmy Carter attended a Willie Nelson concert on the White House south lawn. And, yes, First Lady Rosalynn and Nelson sang a rousing rendition of “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother.” Then, reportedly, as was Nelson’s particular nightly habit, he retired to the roof to light “a big fat Austin torpedo” (that’s a joint for the uninitiated). Yep. Well, that has absolutely nothing to do with brisket tacos, but it makes for an interesting story. Happy Wednesday.
Thursday, September 15
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. Hiding the courtship from her father, she secretly dated Robert until the fateful night they snuck over to St. Marylebone Parish Church where they were married. For one week, they kept the wedding a secret until they eloped for Italy. Sounds like a great start to a love story, and it was, only Elizabeth never saw her father again. You’ve probably guessed, but way back in September of 1846 the love affair of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning started. In her famous poem “Aurora Leigh,” she composed, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees, takes off his shoes, the rest sit round it and pluck blackberries, and daub their natural faces unaware….” She proved right: earth is crammed full of heaven which she found in her Robert. You, too, can start a great love story with our fettuccine Alfredo — and you don’t even have to elope to Italy.
If you can’t make it for lunch on Thursday, just give us a call at 267-4457, we’ll set aside some supper for you including salad, house-made bread, and pasta.
Friday, September 16
Shrimptastic Friday: Shrimp and grits ($15). Shrimptastic Friday: Shrimp on baked garlic cheese grits (crispy or creamy), $15. Shrimp lovingly cooked with chopped veggies in a delicious sauce served over baked garlic cheese grits (either crispy or cream) will make you toot your horns up and down the street. Our old friend Dolly Parton reveals, “I’ll bring my grits when I travel, because I get so hungry on the road.” Reminds us of the “Ballad of Palladin,” “Have grits, will travel, reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land. His fast grits for hire head’s the calling wind.” Or something like that. Our fried or creamy grits will have you breaking into song, even if the song doesn’t really make sense.
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.
Author and philosopher Albert Camus remarked, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, that’s a great way to think about the colors of fall.