I was bad tonight. Earlier today while at the grocery store, I saw a beautiful, tenderized round steak. I decided that tonight I would damn the carbs and enjoy some soul food - chicken-fried steak and cottage fries the way Grandmother Lucy made them. Well, with one exception. I used Crisco instead of lard. But otherwise it's the same meal I ate hundreds of times on the first night of a visit to her house.
Nobody else I know outside of the family makes fries this way. Thin, round cut, and fried to a golden crispy brown. Salted and peppered and served with a little ketchup. Ah, bliss. An heirloom recipe of great sentimental value.