Because our family is so awesome, you get to request pretty much anything you want for your birthday dinner. It's like getting your death row meal without the unfortunate outcome.
Everyone has very different tastes, so we've had a little bit of everything over the years - steaks, lasagna, BFD, fried chicken, cakes and pies. Basically, the FvF family has me to thank for bringing pies into the rotation. Though Ele, where we order our cakes from, does an excellent job, I think they're a bit overpriced and I don't even like cake that well. So, I started asking that Ma FvF make her absolutely mind-blowing banana cream pie w/chocolate chip cookie crust.
Mr. FvF got to have his family birthday dinner yesterday, and he asked that dad make smoked pork, and really didn't care about much else. The dinner was fantastic - pulled pork, potato salad, and baked beans.
In all honesty, though, it had a hell of a time standing up to the monster pies that mom had "whipped up" for dessert. For those of you not familiar with Southern vocabulary, when a woman says she "whipped something up," there's a good chance it took several hours and a lot of patience.