Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nick's Birthday 2011

Friday, February 18th was Nick’s birthday.  He asked for a plain cheesecake with graham cracker crust for his cake and I was happy to oblige.  I left work early Friday so we got an early start on going to celebrate.  He wanted pizza so we found some of the best pizza we could find below the Mason-Dixon Line. 

Saturday I cooked Chicken Fried Steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, mustard greens and biscuits (ok…the biscuits were frozen and the greens were canned BUT both were good).  I want to thank Claire Perkins for her guidance on cooking the steak.  Nick has been asking for chicken fried steak for at least 10 years.  We went to San Antonio to visit Grandmother Carter in 2001 and we ate lunch with her at Earl Abel’s.  Both of us had chicken fried steak and gravy that day and it was delicious.  It was after that trip that I was asked to make chicken fried steak.  I have no idea why it took me so long to make it because it’s really not that hard.  I would always tell him I would be glad to make it then when we would be at the grocery store trying to figure out what to have for dinner we would not think of it…my memory is not what it used to be!

I used Top Round Steak instead of that chewy cubed steak.  My parent used to get the cubed steak and it was grizzly and chewy…the longer you chewed the bigger the piece got…UGH!  Claire said Top Round or Bottom Round Steak was the best way to go and it was delicious!  The crust fell off (I guess I’ll have to make more to get it rightJ) but other than that it was perfect.  I added a little cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to the flour; I mixed the eggs with the milk.  I tenderized the meat and worked off some built up frustration while I was at it.

All in all it was a great meal; I hope it was worth the wait!

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside"
Mark Twain