Since we’ve been commemorating Texas events this week, I thought I would post THE quintessential Texas recipe – Chicken Fried Steak.
This recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman, ‘cuz she knows how to do Southern Comfort Food right – if you click on the link, you can see step-by-step pictures of how to make this dish, along with a yummy recipe for mashed potatoes.
(As always, I use gluten-free flour to make this recipe - one advantage of using GF flour when making gravy is that it won’t clump up when added to liquid; every sauce and gravy that I’ve made since going gluten-free comes out delightfully smooth!)
Today is my Dad’s 82nd birthday. I can’t tell you how very glad I am that he is still here to celebrate with us - Paul lost his Dad last year, so I certainly cherish the fact that my Daddy is still around.
March 5-6th were very important days in Texas history, as those were the days which led up to the fall of the Alamo, a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution which would mark the beginning of the end of Mexican rule.
Today is Mardi Gras – also known as “Fat Tuesday” – so what better song to celebrate the fun than the song that has become synonymous with New Orleans and Dixieland Jazz than”When the Saints Go Marching In”?
We’ll start off with the “original” – the one and only Louis Armstrong:
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The original mantle, minus additional side panels (which broke off when taking fireplace apart)
When we left off last weekend, Paul had just finished joining an additional strip of wood to the back of the upper mantle piece:
Using “biscuits” to join the old mantle shelf to newly-made piece
Because of changes to the position of the right column and the addition of the strip of wood to “even up” the upper mantle piece, we had to add a little more wood on either side of the original upper piece to make it wide enough to match the correct dimensions for the final piece:
My dad sent me this a while back; since today is Texas Independence Day, I wanted to share them with you:
Due to the popularity of the “Survivor” TV show, Texas is planning to do one entitled: “Survivor – Texas-Style!”
The lucky contestants will all start in Dallas, drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, then over to Houston and down to Brownsville.
They will then proceed up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo.
From there they will go on to Abilene and Fort Worth.
Finally. back to Dallas.
Growing up in the South, a girl isn’t considered a good cook unless she knows how to make a proper roux for a good pot of gumbo. It never ceases to amaze me how something as simple as flour and oil can cook for a few hours and become something as delicious as the base for this most wonderful of dishes.
I got this recipe years and years ago at my local grocery store – it was on one of those cards that they put up in a display at the seafood case. It is very, very simple, and once the roux is done, you can just go in and stir the pot occasionally until you can’t wait another minute.
Since no one in our family is really fond of crab or oysters, I have always left them out. As with any recipe, feel free to adjust to your family’s tastes!
The longer this cooks, the more the flavors marry together, so be patient