Wednesday, September 06, 2006


My wife and I took my mom to Applewood Farms today so she could make Thanksgiving reservations for her, her brother, and sister-in-law. If you’re not on the books, you don’t get in on Thanksgiving! Most any other time you can walk right in!

The bargaining chip she used to lure me away from the computer was homemade fried apple pies and ice cream – it worked. There are members of our family that drive from Florence, AL all the way to Pigeon Forge, TN (home of Dollywood!) just for Applewood pie and ice cream. While it was delicious, I’m not sure I’d drive that far just for a taste.

I had the fried chicken livers (When you’re going to eat pie and ice cream, you might as well eat something fried too!), sawmill gravy, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw. The meal comes with biscuits, apple-fritters sprinkled in powder sugar, and great tea.

I am getting a bit lazy about cooking myself lately, but thought you might enjoy seeing the meal anyway.

The Applewood grounds are quite beautiful, surrounded by apple orchards, and a mountain stream. We spent some time walking off the meal in their craft and candy shops.


Goddess said...

So are these fried apple pies like McDonald's fried pies? Damn it, ever since I saw that advert for fried mac n cheese, I have a hankerin' for fried foods!!!

Mushy said...

Sort of like them, only bigger and better!

They aren't as good as the ones I used to get at my grandmother's, but they are close.

The chicken livers, however, were excellent dipped in the gravy! They were so good, that at one point I reached over and smacked my mother!

Fathairybastard said...

Smacked her huh? LMAO! There's nothing like southern food. Nothing. That apple pie looks sinful, but I don't know if I could do the liver. That's just gross.

But what is a gizzard? My mom used to fry gizzards whenever we had fried chicken and ice cream, and I eventually got to like them. She doesn't do them anymore. Buys the chicken parts already cut up and skinned. So what the hell is a gizzard? Somethin' nasty I bet.

Mushy said...

It is a muscular stomach in a bird that aids in crushing food. They usually peck up little rocks that stay in the gizzard to grind up hard food like corn. It's tough part of the chicken and I never liked that part, or the that awful looking little tail! Yuck!

Fathairybastard said...

Ok, now I'm gonna be sick.

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