Thursday, July 13, 2006

yah-hoo!! i've still got it!


chicken fried steak night!
Originally uploaded by queenesther.
when my friend and i went to acme bar and grill a few weeks ago and had what i considered to be sub-par southern cuisine, he thought it would be fun to make chicken fried steak one night. on sunday, i rose to the challenge -- booting him out of the kitchen, of course and whipping it up from memory inside of an hour. all i could think was, i've still got it.

i'm touchy about chicken fried steak. for years, my friend carlton used to take me to a restaurant on 6th street in austin (long gone, now) called beans for 2 for 1 chicken fried steak night every tuesday. later, i had to make chicken fried steak for a living for what felt like an eternity, at another restaurant further down 6th street called headliner's east. God knows i can make that cream gravy blindfolded, from scratch. God knows i can.

well. they say that nothing learned is ever wasted -- and they were right. all that time spent over that greasy stove making tex-mex specialties wasn't lost at all. i remember everything. there's a file in my head and every recipie i love is in it. ultimately, it's nice to know that i'm the one my texas buddies turn to, when it's time to really eat at home.

...and yes, this particular meal was as delicious as it looks!

4 comments:

piu piu said...

qe- i'm thinking about moving back to lodnon from where i am. i have no job, and little idea of how to earnb money and still do my thing. advice? how do u manage?

cx

J. Walter Hawkes said...

Yeah!!!! That looks (and sounds) amazing!

I know this sounds nuts, but someone who made a LIVING making chicken fried steak? Now THAT, my friends, is... well pretty freakin' deep.

I'm down with the white gravy...

I haven't had biscuits and gravy in a long time... oh man. I'd never survive. Instant artery jam.

Oh, but it's so beautiful, is it not? 'Least I'd die smilin'!

J. Walter Hawkes said...

Yeah!!!! That looks (and sounds) amazing!

I know this sounds nuts, but someone who made a LIVING making chicken fried steak? Now THAT, my friends, is... well pretty freakin' deep.

I'm down with the white gravy...

I haven't had biscuits and gravy in a long time... oh man. I'd never survive. Instant artery jam.

Oh, but it's so beautiful, is it not? 'Least I'd die smilin'!

queenesther said...

piu-piu: hope you got my email...

j. walter: yes, it's true. i really did make a living making tex-mex when i lived in tejas. now that i think about it, i can hardly believe it myself. and that cream gravy is no joke, either!

we should have a band cook-off or something, so i can make some for everybody...