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!