Fried pies, mac & cheese, warm pet dogs are food items truck’s Southern specials

Carol Z. Shane

At any time considering that Allison Cross was in the seventh quality, she’s desired a very hot pet dog truck.

The Powell native and latest North Knoxville resident’s aspiration was very simple. But, inevitably, other factors acquired in the way.

Children, for occasion — very first others’, then her own. “I’ve raised youngsters given that I was 16 many years old,” claims Allison, laughing. “I’ve constantly had a kid on my hip.” When she married her spouse, Kenneth — a supervisor for Resourceful Participate in Rentals — and the couple started their family, she added all of them to the “taking care of” list.

Then, there’s her volunteer work. Cross is the director of a co-op at To start with Baptist Church of Knoxville that provides 30 family members with foodstuff. Past year, with an Ok from the church’s mission board, she and her co-op colleagues also bought 200 foods from little SoKno spouse and children dining places and dispersed them to the South Knoxville Elementary community.

But that sizzling pet truck notion experienced by no means left the again burner. That is, not until finally May of this calendar year, when Cross’s two daughters, Amanda Cross and Terra Navarro, bought her a meals truck. “It was her Mother’s Working day present,” claims Terra.

Bless Your Southern Fried Heart features hot dogs, mac & cheese, and these delectable handmade fried pies. July 2021.

“They stated, ‘This is your convert. You gave so substantially to the community now do something for you,’” Allison says. “I’ve hardly ever done just about anything just for me.”

Allison required to cater to little ones, so in addition to the incredibly hot puppies she decided to offer mac & cheese. Then she and her loved ones started out thinking about desserts. That, she says, was her 1st “sign” of the course she’d ultimately observe.