A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 05, 2006
Texas Butter

“Texas butter” is a butter substitute made of lard, flour, and water. In some slang dictionaries, “Texas butter” means “gravy.”
Texas Butter - Gravy made with flour, hot water, and fried steak grease.
Texas butter - A butter substitute of hot lard, flour and water.
Gravy - Texas butter
Talk Like a Cowboy:
A Dictionary of Real Western Lingo for Young Cowboys and Cowgirls
by Elizabeth Feagles
San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company
Pg. 40: 
TEXAS BUTTER:  Gravy. A cowboy can’t CHAMBER A MEAL (eat) without gravy to dip his biscuit or his chunk of bread into. Traditional cowboy gravy us made like this: the cook fries the dinner meat, takes it out of the skillet, then throws a handful of flour into the sizzling meat drippings. After the flour has browned and the meat particles have been scraped up from the sides, he adds water, stirs again—and there it is, Texas butter.
26 March 1909,  Athens (Ohio) Messenger, pg. 2:
Fred Buckler asked a waitress at the hotel why Texas butter was so white. “Made from white cows,” she replied.
2 July 1955, Ames (Iowa) Daily Tribune, pg. 7:
“Texas butter” or “immigrant butter” doesn’t consist of butter in the least. Instead it’s made from the hot lard in which steaks have been fried, by adding flour, letting it brown, then pouring on hot water. The whole thing is stirred till it’s thick.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, August 05, 2006 • Permalink

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