What do the Gettysburg Address, “Who shot J.R.?”, and turkey bombs have in common? Soup! They’re all here for our Thanksgiving week menu! Come join us for a great start to our Thanksgiving celebrations. Here’s what we’ve got cooking for you this week: Shrimp and corn chowder, spinach and artichoke soup, and Henry’s chili.
What We’re Cooking for You Thanksgiving Week
Monday, November 21
Shrimp and corn chowder. Our shrimp and corn chowder is heavenly potion of potatoes, cream, and shrimp that you won’t want to miss on this chilly Monday — it’s a great way to start Thanksgiving week. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most brilliant and terse descriptions of the democratic ideal and vision. Apparently, Mr. Lincoln felt very unwell on the day of his train ride from Washington to Gettysburg, so his White House cook Alice Johnstone made a special potato chowder soup with biscuits and gravy on the side to send with him. We imagine the president, as he scribbled the now iconic words we know, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” taking a few sips of soup and nibbling biscuits and gravy. Miss Johnstone, a native of Chicago, found her way into the White House by way of a slip on the ice in Washington that injured her. Near the end of her convalescence as a friend of the Lincoln’s, she made a fabulous fricasseed chicken with loads of gravy and biscuits. Mr. Lincoln, to hear his wife Mary tell it, ate enough for three people. Thus, Miss Johnstone became the cook, preparing lots of comfort food for a burdened and war-weary president. By the way, Lincoln was very ill, dizzy and pale, when he delivered the Gettysburg Address, and doctors now believe he suffered from a mild case of smallpox, and when he returned to the White House, he suffered through a protracted illness. Come join us for some historic shrimp and corn chowder this Monday.
Tuesday, November 22
Spinach and artichoke soup — with some crab if you like. Spinach, artichokes, shallots, mushrooms, and lots of creamy broth make this a wonderful Tuesday soup — add some crab for a little brachyuran pizzaz. Thirty-six years ago, millions of folks tuned their sets to Dallas to discover “Who shot J.R.?” We learned that Kristin Shepherd, his wife’s sister and his former mistress shot the guy everybody loved to hate. We like to think that our spinach and artichoke soup might have cooled the angry assailant, but we’ll never know.
Wednesday, November 23
Henry’s chili. 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). “Turkey bombs are falling in the parking lot!” Yep. It’s that famous episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where a Thanksgiving radio promotional goes hilariously awry. You can watch part of that crazy Thanksgiving episode, “Turkeys Away” here. Well, we’ve got just the chili for you as you prepare for your own turkey drop on Thanksgiving Day! Come join us at the table for some laughs and good food as we celebrate the many things for which we can be thankful.
Have a look: Stone House Eats Standard Menu!
Stone House Eats Bread Baked Daily
Lunch Served | 11am-2pm Tuesday — Friday
Thanksgiving Day remains a very important day for us to express our gratitude for the goodness and faithfulness of God in our lives. Folks get together with families and friends, celebrating and remembering how good life truly is. Sure, most of us will probably eat too much, but let’s think just a little differently. Can we really be too full of gratitude? Let our full bellies reflect the fullness of our hearts in deep gratitude for how God has given into our lives.
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.
Actress Joyce Giraud notes, “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.”