Lifter; In SSM MI., there used to be people who made bacon, sausages, and meats of varying kinds. These mom & pop producers made some of the best meats anywhere. Sadly, the wolrd I now live in is the world of supermarkets that cary only the name brand, and store brand stuff. There is a summer-only place here called "The West Pier Drive In". It had the finest cold-cut subs on the planet. I met people from New York City, and Southern states who made it a point to come to my little home town to see the Locks (place where giant ships travel from the lower lakes into Lake Superior) and to eat the sub at the West Pier. The secret was the locally produced cold cuts, and fresh ingredients.
I really know what you mean about finding an exceptional bacon, or sausage, or even a great hot-dog, in this world of mediocre food from industrial giants. We have lost many great things as a civilization, in our quest for the almighty dollar.
I love a good pork sausage with waffles. The marriage of just the right amount of salt, a little maple, black pepper, cayenne, and sage just lights up my taste buds, especially when combined with good waffles and pure, dark, full-bodied Maple Syrup, the quintessential waffel or pancake topping.
Oh, and that cooling rack thing lasts for mere seconds, just to prevent the waffles from turning soggy.
Talk to ya later.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
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