dinner time with mom and dad

the parental units came to visit over the weekend.  inter-mixed in the tours of historic plantations, shopping, and going to movies, we ate some spectacular food.


Pasta Dinner made at home:   the first night dad and i wiped up a meal of pasta, salad, and bread.  secretly what i was most excited about was the frozen coconut cake for dessert.  these cakes i associated with mom, and home, and i became a tad bit determined we have one for dessert.

dad cooking away


mom & dad's first night in knox


sssoooo yummy


can't go wrong with one of these cakes


ye olde steakhouse:   When listing off options of where we could go get dinner for saturday night on the list was Ye Olde Steakhouse.  dad’s face let up when i said old steakhouse where they will basically cut your steak to whatever size you want.  with glowing eyes he asked “when was the last time you had steak?!”  at that i knew we had to go.  and i’ll admit it was damn good.  i don’t eat a lot of red meat, but do enjoy a really good steak and they did it perfectly.

ye olde steakhouse had dad at their cheese and crackers


salad and spoon bread to start the meal


rib eye with sweet potato


chicken and potatoes:  on sunday we spent the whole day in asheville exploring the biltmore mansion.  dinner for sunday night was yummy but also quick and easy.  a roasted chicken from the grocery store, some mashed potatoes, salad, and a bottle of wine from the biltmore winery.


craving the chicken


ready to eat


dad went for the fancy wine


me drinking the wine






the infamous litton’s pie

as part of our pie crawl in knoxville, the one place that kept coming up for a go to place for pie was litton’s.  litton’s is a knoxville institution that has been around since the 1940s, specializing in burgers and baked goods.  steph, john and i timed our pie adventure there poorly because their coconut pie, which has been featured in better homes and gardens, was all sold out for tailgating.

as a second batch of family was here the weekend, we hit up litton’s for lunch and this time they had pie.  dad and i split a slice of the famous coconut pie.  i would give it 3 stars out of 4.  crust was definitely prebought, size of slice was adequate, and unlike the last piece of coconut pie i recently ordered, wasn’t too sweet, nice combination of consistency and taste.  but definitely not mind-blowing pie.

i don’t know why pie is such a frustrating experience in knoxville.  i couldn’t even get a good pic of the piece of pie.  i’m starting to blame the south as a whole.  all they seem to want is banana pudding.  the midwest i’m beginning to conclude is the king of pie making in america.