Weekly Meals

The Day Chili Saved the Nation — Election Week Menu 2016

Well, it’s here: Election Day 2016. Hear the story of a dog named Chili on election day — he’ll be here for election coverage during the day. Come join us after you vote, we’d love to see you! Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you this week: Henry’s chili, chicken and dumplings, brisket tacos with house made salsas, and blackened chicken over dirty rice. 

What We’re Cooking for You This Week

Tuesday, November 8

Henry’s chili with rice and hot water cornbread. Our chili has just about everything, except the kitchen sink — hamburger, sausage, mushrooms (yes, mushrooms), piles of onions, peppers, tomatoes, and lovely spices (even a little beer, but don’t tell anyone). Once there was a reddish Chesapeake Bay retriever named Chili whose owner lived near a voting precinct. Chili watched the voting with great interest, wondering what people were doing in those little booths. One day, during an important election, someone fainted in the booth, seemingly overcome by the enormity of the electoral choice. Chili raced into the booth, pulled the unconscious voter from certain peril, and he licked the person, ever so lovingly, back into consciousness. Well, none of the vote watchers noticed the save because of checking so many others into the voting. But, the second time it happened, a passel of registrars saw the whole thing. They marveled at the amazing dog saving the fainting voters. They wrote stories in the local newspaper about the voter saving dog, posted moving videos of people being saved in the voting booth, and celebrated him for a few days. Then, surprisingly enough, an unlikely candidate was elected, one who supported no-leash laws. The deciding precinct: the one by Chili’s house. That’s right. While Chili was saving fainting voters (nobody ever discovered why they fainted), his compadre, a yellow labrador named Bijou who could actually read, snuck into voting booths to vote for that unlikely candidate. Well, the town couldn’t do anything about two vote stealing dogs (who would believe it — especially a dog who could read), so Chili, Bijou, and all their doggy friends roamed free — at least until the next election. Vote, then come join us for some delicious chili — Chili and Bijou will be here providing election coverage. And, yes it will be in English because both can not only read, they speak very well. Yep.

This story inspired by the story of Swansee, a black lab who saved swimmers. For some great dog stories see this site. For an interesting take on the election this year, have a look at Pedigree’s way of bringing unity.

Wednesday, November 9

Chicken and dumplings. These dumplings come seeded with herbs in a house-made stock and cream sauce, and there’s no more elegant way to head into the weekend than with a sumptuous dish of house-made chicken and dumplings. Benjamin Franklin famously noted, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Well, we’ll forgive him for that whole Daylight Saving Time idea (it was his!), but we think he should have said: “Chicken and dumplings is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” Come get some dumplings and feel the love at the table.

If you can’t make it for lunch on Wednesday, just give us a call at 267-4457, we’ll set aside some supper for you including house salad, chicken and dumplings, and house-made bread.

Thursday, November 10

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. English dramatist Tom Stoppard suggests, “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” Absolutely. And we can help you be a contagious carrier of a healthy attitude with these brisket tacos. That’s right, they’re “attitude adjustment (in the good way) tacos,” and they’ve got the stuff to help us get to the weekend.

Friday, November 11

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. Old Maggie Thatcher remembered, “I just owe almost everything to my father and it’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.” Her dad was a humble grocer. Yep. Good groceries and a small town — sounds like a recipe for goodness on Friday. Come join us for some wonderful food at the table.


Stone House Eats Bread Baked Daily

Lunch Served | 11am-2pm Tuesday — Friday

You can find our house at 828 Julia Street in Rayville, LouisianaYou 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.

Famous Quotes

Our old friend in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson, once observed, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Vote, just vote, then come have some chili with your old friends at the table. It’ll make the day.