Well, the first presidential debate’s in the books. We’re not sure anything much has changed — but, we’ve got some great food at the table this week to help us get over all the hullaballoo. Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you as we continue moving into early fall: Chicken and sausage gumbo, marinated pork loin, savory-sweet beans with mama’s rice, chicken cacciatore, and shrimp étouffée.
What We’re Cooking for You This Week
Tuesday, September 27
Chicken and sausage gumbo. We make our gumbo with a dark roux, chicken, sausage, and the trinity of bell pepper, onion, and celery. Oh, Grandpa Justin would add sauterne wine, a cup or two or three, and so do we. Modern presidential debating started interestingly about this week 56 years ago with the first Kennedy-Nixon debate. Because of heavy campaigning and preparing, Mr. Nixon looked a little pasty, sweaty, and tired on camera. Mr. Kennedy, on the other hand, looked suave, debonair, and rested. The secret, you wonder? Naps. Because of his back issues from the PT-109 sinking in World War II, Mr. Kennedy had to rest daily (usually taking a warm bath). Naps. The real secret behind doing well in a presidential debate (and, truth be told, napping is probably the best way to watch a presidential debate).
Have a look at Grandpa Justin cooking his dark roux gumbo here.
Wednesday, September 28
Marinated pork loin, savory sweet green beans, and mama’s rice. Specially marinated with butter, spices, and dijon mustard, this pork loin comes with savory-sweet green beans, and mama’s rice. Ted Stevens, former Alaskan senator, joked, “I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork and proud of the Senate for giving it to me.” Well, you don’t have to feel guilty about asking for pork around here, we love to serve it — and no tax dollars were wasted in its making.
Thursday, September 29
Chicken cacciatore on creamy polenta. Our chicken breast is pan-fried in butter with a crushed plum tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, and fresh red peppers sauce served on a bed of creamy rosemary polenta. Some folks may wonder what foods the presidents favor. Well, what about the First Ladies? Long a Sunday evening staple in the Roosevelt household, scrambled eggs cooked in a chafing dish by the tableside were Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorite supper. FDR made the martinis and Eleanor cooked the eggs. Yep. And, yes, that has absolutely nothing to do with chicken cacciatore.
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 chicken cacciatore.
Friday, September 23
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. Well, “Polly Wolly Doodle” was first published in a Harvard songbook in 1880 with this recognizable chorus: “Fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well my fairy fay, for I’m going to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna, sing polly wolly doodle all the day.” Our favorite lyrics, though, talk about sneezing chickens: “Behind the barn, down on my knees, sing polly wolly doodle all the day, I thought I heard a chicken sneeze, sing polly wolly doodle all the day (chorus). He sneezed so hard with the whooping cough, sing polly wolly doodle all the day. He sneezed his head and the tail right off, sing polly wolly doodle all the day (chorus).” This étouffée will have you singing polly wolly doodle into the weekend. You’re probably humming this oldie right now…we sure are.
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.
Our great, good friend Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady herself, says, “I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” Well, we just love Maggie…oops, we weren’t supposed to agree.