Last week I wrote a little bit about a lot, but it turns out one column wasn't enough to impart all the information I had at my disposal, so here is an addendum.
‘Fit for a king'
Chef Roland Mesnier, who served as executive pastry chef at the White House for 25 years, will speak of his experience at creating desserts “fit for a king” at Oklahoma City Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15 St.
Mesnier grew up with eight siblings in Bonnay, France, and began his culinary career at age 14 as an apprentice. He was hired by first lady Rosalynn Carter in 1979 and was responsible for creating thousands of desserts for presidents, their families and state dinners through the George W. Bush administration.
Tickets are $15, available by calling 826-9689 or going online to okctownhall.com. Students are admitted free of charge.
Blogger pens book
Congratulations to local food blogger Katie Johnstonbaugh, whose first book, “Food Lovers' Guide to Oklahoma,” is now available. Johnstonbaugh keeps a blog called Dishin and Dishes online at dishinanddishes.com and does television spots on KAUT-43's “Rise and Shine Oklahoma” morning program.
Published by Globe Pequot Press, the 285 pages are filled with statewide dining information, including places to eat, back stories, chef spotlights and recipes, brewery spotlights and even a nice bit to yours truly. Johnstonbaugh has compiled an exhaustive tome filled with great info.
You can keep up with Johnstonbaugh at 7 a.m. Wednesdays on “Rise and Shine Oklahoma,” and you can pick up a copy of the book at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History gift shop in Norman; The Best of Books in Edmond; Brace Books in Ponca City; Miami Book Co. in Miami, OK; and at Full Circle Bookstore, Barnes and Noble stores, Sam's Clubs and Hastings Music & Video stores. It's also available online and by special order at most bookstores.
The Grace NE 21st Street Meat Loaf
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup chopped bell
½ cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup Ro-Tel
½ cup tomato sauce
• Mix all together and shape in loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1½ hours. Drain and cover with warmed tomato sauce or brown gravy.
Grace NE 21st Street Country Fried Chicken
8 pieces of chicken
½ cup garlic powder
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon onion
2 cups flour
• Wash chicken and pat dry.
• Mix eggs, garlic powder, seasoning salt, pepper and onion powder in bowl.
• Dip chicken in mixture and dredge in flour.
• Deep fry over medium-high heat, turning over often, until golden brown and chicken has an internal temperature of 160 degrees, about 10 to 15 minutes.