Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Papa Crunk turned 58 today! But I celebrated his birthday on Saturday. My parents baby-sat one of my dogs and one of my cats while I was in Middle Tennessee wrapping up the cookbook photo shoot. Datsun, my 9-year-old lab mix, loves visiting his grandparents! And Akasha, my 9-year-old cat, is on meds twice a day. So they usually watch those two while I'm gone. The other 5 cats and my little pit bull mix, Maynard, stayed home with my friend Greg as a sitter.

Anyway, I had to pick up my babies on Saturday, so Paul and I drove to my parents' house in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Every year for the past three years, my mom has made my dad's favorite sandwich for his birthday — The French Fry Po' Boy!

We discovered these in New Orleans on a family vacay several years ago (thanks, Kittee!). Now, my dad requests them every birthday. It's a hoagie bun stuffed with steak fries, cheese (I used Daiya), lettuce, tomato, and onion. We also add guacamole to ours because we're a family of guac freaks. And I topped my sandwich with pickled jalapenos because those are the bomb (and yes, I can still say "bomb" if I want).

What better to serve with a French fry sandwich than more fries, right? We had sweet potato fries on the side! Carb and grease heaven!

My dad LOVES peanut butter! So my mom made this Peanut Butter Pudding Cake for dessert:

It's cakey on top with a creamy peanut butter sauce on bottom. I ate mine with a generous scoop of So Delicious Coconut Milk Turtle Trails ice cream.

Here's a fun family shot of my dad, me, and my pup Datsun:

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

10 comments:

xvavaveganx said...

So first I just want to throw it out there that I love that your dog's name is Maynard! I've been thinking for a while that I'd want to name my next pet Maynard ;)

That po boy looks and sounds so good! Two of my favorite foods since I was a kid are bread and fries so this is kind of heaven for me. And you added guac which is an adult fav of mine :)

The pb pudding cake looks outrageous!! Happy birthday to your dad!

Vegyogini said...

Happy birthday, Papa Crunk!

Jacinta said...

Datsun is beautiful :) :) You and your Dad look pretty good too :) Thanks for all the inspirational posts :)

BayouCityBuddhist said...

Wow, your Dad is one tall dude, Bianca. I remember the post when you guys first had these. I totally put them on my things to do in NOLA list. Pickled jalapeño are the bomb, maybe even the bomb.com. I also would think pickled carrots would work here. I get the ones that are pickled with the jalapeño. You should try that.

Bethany said...

I love reading about you and Papa Crunk :) I'm a daddy's girl and I think your relationship is so sweet. He sounds like a pretty awesome dude!

Sarah Hope Dickert said...

Happy birthday to your dad! I'm moving to Memphis from Charleston, SC in a few weeks, so I'm just dropping by to say hello! Amazing blog.

Gina said...

Love french fri sandwiches!! and you gota sexy dad! Happy Bday daddy!

Love your doggy too! <3

KTBuns said...

I think the use of bomb as an adjective is okay as long as you don't say "da bomb"...

And yaaaaaaaaaay, carb overdose!! :D Happy birthday, Daddy Crunk!

Jenna said...

aww happy birthday Papa Crunk! Any chance you'll share the cake recipe? I'm a peanut butter freak! :)

Lynn said...

Awww you, Papa Crunk & Datsun are adorable!