Another one of those crazy food holidays? Yep. But this one’s APPROVED by the Texas lawmakers!

(from Days of the

Chicken Fried Steak has been around in southern cooking for many decades. Several places seem to claim its origin, including the states of Texas and Oklahoma. Some think it came from German immigrants who settled in Texas and began cooking steak in a similar way that they had cooked pork or chicken – like a wiener schnitzel. Others believe the dish got its start further north, in some commercial kitchens of Kansas and Colorado.

National Chicken Fried Steak Day was founded not many years ago. Campaigned for by a restauranteur, Jeffrey Yarbrough and his friend, singer Jimmy Baldwin, National Chicken Fried Steak Day was established in Texas to give this southern dish just a bit more respect. The two wholeheartedly believed that people would argue a little less often if they just had a plate of chicken fried steak to enjoy! 

In 2011, the 82nd Texas State Legislature officially approved Chicken Fried Steak Day through a proclamation of House Resolution 1419. Of course, even though it might not be an official day in other states, Chicken Fried Steak Day can certainly be celebrated in places all around the world!

  • I was born October 26, 1946 in Chicago
  • I attended Farragut High School and Columbia College Chicago
  • I served as a Specialist 5th class in the US Army and was a disc jockey on American Forces Radio
  • I worked in radio and TV in Chicago, Kentucky, Nashville and Los Angeles
  • In 1983 I started as the daytime and night host of Wheel of Fortune
  • I am the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing Bob Barker
  • I’ve also appeared on Days of Our Lives, Rugrats and The King of Queens

I am…Pat Sajak!

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Natalie Grant CD, No Stranger.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan