11 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Editor

Caturday greetings from the Hothlanta metro area, GN!

I keed, I keed. There’s a bit of icy snow on the lawns and -- probably -- a fair amount of black ice on the roads. But the sun’s (sort of) out and it ought to be above freezing from 11:00 until late this afternoon, which should take care of most of that.

Still…glad we don’t have to go anywhere today.

I’m planning to attempt chicken fried steak with country gravy for the very first time tonight; this weather calls for hearty -- and heart-stopping deliciousness. 🙂

Hope that teh DC contingent are safe and warm…and that Mrs. Sven arrived home with a minimum of fuss.

Sven 2-0
Editor
Sven 2-0
5 years ago

Good morning--is country-fried steak kosher?

Mrs Sven made it home safely--she’s upstairs sleeping--got home around 1:00 this morning.

It’s quite chilly here this morning--only about 65 out. Heh.

You all stay safe and warm.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Editor

Hai, Sven!

Good morning--is country-fried steak kosher?

Could be…if it were made with kosher cube steak. But the gravy would be a no-go unless it were made without milk. Yuccccch!

Glad teh missus arrived home safely; please tell her we said “hey”.

Paddy O'Furnijur
Editor
Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa and Sven!

I’m glad Mrs. Sven made it home without too much fuss and bother.

I hope Kate and PMK got their cars out to the street yesterday -- or are planning on staying home.

Chicken-fried steak is remarkably easy to prepare, as is the gravy. Just have your mise en place ready for both operations as it goes fairly quick. Teh Older loves chicken-fried steak with country gravy, but around here cube steak is $5.99/lb. Are you going to make biscuits?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Editor

Hai, Paddy!

The street’s have been dry ’round here for the past couple of hours and we’re above freezing now. But I suspect there’s still some black ice on bridges or low spots on some of the roads.

Found a CFS recipe which looks pretty straightforward and we haz all teh ingredients, so I suspect it’ll turn out being edible. No biscuits; just mashed taters.

Cube steak at Waddlemart hereabouts is usually $4-something / lb. but I keep an eye out for the reduced price “use or freeze by 2:37 p.m. today!” stuff and shove it in the freezer. Wrap each steak individually in plastic and then bundle them into 1 lb+ packages with more plastic and they’ll keep for quite a long time without getting freezer burned.

Tempted to use a roller on them before coating just ’cause I can. 🙂

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Editor

The CFS came out pretty well; the seasoning blend for the flour was just about perfect. The gravy was also good, although it was a near thing. (CorporateToolK, who has told me for years that she generally doesn’t like country gravy -- or sausage gravy -- liked it. Perhaps I’m not a completely hopeless Yankee.)

Paddy O'Furnijur
Editor
Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago

Sven 2-0
Editor
Sven 2-0
5 years ago

I like this.

Sven 2-0
Editor
Sven 2-0
5 years ago

I have a friend of mine that manages the master data department for spare parts at a large equipment manufacturer. That’s what he does: master data. He’s not sales, inside sales, customer service, etc. Master data--is the part in the system correctly so people can do transactions correctly…that’s it.

Anyhow, this company initiated a recall on one of their units. It affects about 20,000 customers and the customer is going to have to bring the equipment back to the dealer for repair. The company has been very clear in warning customers not to use the equipment due to the possibility of major injury.

The problem is that they only have 5,000 good spare parts in stock to replace 20,000 bad units. The equipment is such that most customers are using this thing daily. The dealers are in an uproar, not just because they have to do the repairs, but because they can’t get an answer as to when they’ll have parts with which to do the repair. Meanwhile, customers are rightly furious and want to know what is going on. Not a good situation.

Anyhow, customer service has fallen apart under this onslaught of nasty dealer phone calls and for no good reason, started transferring the dealer calls to my buddy. His first call, and this is without any coordination or forewarning with CS, is from a woman that runs a dealership in the midwest who had been on the phone for 45 minutes and transferred three times already without getting an answer. I just love how my friend handled this, and he isn’t known for being even tempered, which makes it even more cool.

Dealer: I’ve been trying for an hour to find out how long it’s going to take to get spare parts and at this time I only have one question for you: How far up your ass is your head?

Friend: Well, ma’am, right now I’m looking at my computer from my navel.

A perfect answer. The dealer is quiet, then chuckles, and carries on a civil conversation. No equivocation, no lying, just here’s what we got, here’s what you can expect to the best of my knowledge, and I’m sorry for the difficulty.

I thought it a good story.

Paddy O'Furnijur
Editor
Paddy O'Furnijur
5 years ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Bravo!