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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Father's Day - A little bit of Chicken Fried... tablescape

Father's Day didn't quite sneak up on us, I actually found a present and card for my husband weeks before, but the meal itself did. Was I thinking we would fast that day?
The boys did agree it was high time for some 
Chicken Fried Steak!

From Wikipedia:
Chicken fried steak (also known as pan-fried steak,[1] CFS or country fried steak) is a breaded cutlet dish consisting of a piece of steak (tenderized cube steak) coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried. It is associated with Southern cuisine. Its name may be due to its similarity in preparation to fried chicken.
Chicken fried steak resembles the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel and the Italian-Latin American dish Milanesa, which is a tenderized veal or pork cutlet, coated with flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, and then fried. It is also similar to the recipe for Scottish collops.[1]

After reading that little tidbit.. nope that is not what ours resemble! We use a nice thin cut top sirloin, pound it within an inch of its life, dip in flour, dip in beer batter, dip in flour, dip in beer batter, deep fry. All this takes place outside. Yes, sweet husband has perfected cooking the chicken fry on the charcoal grill, with mesquite chips over hot coals. Let me just say... Umm, it is soo good!

The trusty Sky Ranch dishes came out to play that day. 
I was busily plating salads in the kitchen when I realized I'd better jump to taking some pictures!

Still trying to figure out which flatware speaks Cowboy.
any ideas?

The napkin rings and centerpiece came from a quaint little shop in Weatherford, Texas, Just to the West of Fort Worth, on highway 180.

I have had these rusty ol' cowboys and cowgirls forever! The store at which I purchased them is now a faint memory. They are made by Two's Company and I did not see them on their website this time around.
I love setting the larger ones on the table for display or using them on a buffet with the name of a food item inserted into their lasso.

The rustic bird's nest chargers from World Market worked really well into the theme.,

Somewhere in the lost items from the last move was a box of cd's of embroidery designs. 
In that box was a western font set. 
Until either the box surfaces, which I seriously doubt, or I find the font again, these napkins will have to do.

This really worked pretty well for a guys table, simple, non-frilly and not fussy.

I pulled out the amber Whitehall quilted tumblers and paired them with the Dollar Tree crystal. 
Both pieces are rather chunky and therefore work really well with the heavy Sky Ranch plates.

Chargers - World Market
Plates - Sky Ranch
Napkins - not quite vintage but older
Flatware - Gorham
Amber quilted goblets - Whitehall
Wine glasses - Dollar Tree
Napkin rings and centerpiece - Weatherford, Texas
Western placecard holders and decor - Two's Company

Thank you for dropping by! I do so love reading your comments, they inspire me to do better.
I hope I'll be seeing you at both Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish


Jewel Sauls said...

What a great manly Western Fathers' Day table! Love the china and the place cards! Also love chicken fried steak!

Charlotte said...

LOVE Zack Brown!! Like your table too. Is the embroidery on the napkins from a CD? or purchased.., like the embroidery

Marigene said...

What better meal to serve on cowboy plates than chicken fried steak! Any guy, young...old...or in between, would be happy to chow down at this table.
Those bronco bustin plates are great...so are the napkin rings and place card holders.
Have a great week, Marlis...

Rosemary and Thyme said...

I love this Marlis. The table is perfect for father's day. The plates are just too cute...The cowboys add a great manly touch. I also love the meal. Fried steak? I'm in.



thepaintedapron.com said...

Too much fun Marlis, I love all your old cowboy stuff! What a great guys table, just brilliant!

xinex said...

This is cute, Marlis, so manly and perfect for Father's Day. The chicken fried steak sounds delicious and I love every cowboy detail on the table...Christine

Mona said...

Marlis, this is such a great table for Father's Day..with all of the masculine touches...love it...and your napkins are beautiful...do you monogram all of yours? very pretty..makes me want to monogram some too..I have no idea how to start with buying fonts...I just use what my machine can create...I really need to branch out. LOL
Love, Mona

Entertaining Women said...

Well, Happy Father's Day, pardner! I love everything about this. I'd love to find some of those dishes for my grandsons...ah, a new hunt. The rusty iron pieces are perfect. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Mary said...

Marlis~ LOVE your Sky Ranch! I'm also a fan of chicken fried steak and Zac Brown! Your embroidered napkins are beautiful, western font or not!

kitty said...

Oh Marlis, I LOVE those Sky Ranch dishes! Aren't those perfect with chicken fried steak? Wish I could taste your hubby's fresh off the grill. Those cowboy and cowgirl figures are adorable and I think your font looks like an embellished western belt buckle... Perfection!! The rustic runner looks great, too, and those Dollar Tree goblets are the best.

Kathe said...

I {heart} those dishes Marlis! What a fun table you set. Perfect for Father's Day!

Bonnie said...

Sounds and looks like a great Father's Day meal to me. Your dishes are perfect for the occasion and all your western accessories are unique and fun. Your napkins are wonderful. Caught my eye first!

Dianne said...

Love this table, love the dishes and really love Zack Brown! The cowgirls and other iron touches are perfect. Those dishes melt my heart. Dianne

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Just the perfect table for Father's Day. Love the cowboy dishes and the color of the napkins works perfect. Great napkin rings and love how you tied in the other iron pieces. All seems to fit together. Good job Marlis.

Crystal Grandeur said...

Love your creation.You have thought differently by adding cowboys.your dishes add elegance....Love...sujatha...:):)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Marlis, I love your very fun masculine table. So creative!!

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Holly said...

Sweet Marlis, I love the cowboy themed tablescape... thanks for sharing! Hugs, Holly

Lulu said...

I am totally in love with your western themed table, and if I spotted any of your pieces, I'd have jumped all over them. Then, of course, what you do with what you have is always wonderful.

suzyq said...

What a fun table you have for us this week, Marlis!! I just love the rusty ol' cowboys. My darling little grandson (4 yrs old) is going to his first school disco tomorrow night as a cowboy - he's not too sure about it though!! I hope you had a lovely family day.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love the dishes!! Chicken (or country) fried steak is one of my favorite meals!

On Crooked Creek said...

Father's Day perfection, dear friend!!!
I adore all the rustic wrought iron and cowboy themed accessories!!!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Marlis, you probably remember that I always do a cowboy theme for my sweetheart's birthday, so I am gathering ideas from this wonderful scape. I love those cutout lasso swinging cowboys. I really need to get some of those chargers. They are so versatile. I'm not showing my sweetheart your table. He'll start thinking his cowboy tablescapes aren't so good after all. laurie

Martha said...

What a great and creative table. We do "feminine" tables often -- how great for a masculine one!

The Tablescaper said...

Great table. So masculine and filled with detail.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

Yeehaw, that is one classy cowboy table! You put it together beautifully!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!


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