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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Random Bites of Oral Pleasure

Hearty grilled Italian sausage from Scimeca's Italian Sausage of Kansas City. Commonly found at the Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa.

A tidy muffuletta at the Northside Cafe in Winterset. The sandwich suffered not from a lack of meats, salami in particular. The house bread was toasted nicely and some more of the olive salad nestled under all that animal product would have been perfect. A side of slaw had nary a hint of ubiquitous sweetness in the dressing, which had a flavor reminiscent of egg salad. Would this be indicative of a housemade mayo? If so, I'll take more please.

A holiday dinner with friends featured family-recipe ham balls, left, made with equal parts ham, beef, and pork, plus Graham crackers, tiny farm-raised chicken eggs, and seasonings. Plus a sweet glaze made from condensed tomato soup. For dessert… decadence: a homemade French Silk pie, center. Oh, my! For an Easter dinner, right, I had a fine home-cooked meal of scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans, and Brussels sprouts. I was throughly stuffed! A hearty chopped salad and a dessert of vanilla pudding whipped with cubes of angel food cake plus shredded coconut bookended the meal.

Left, the good stuff at Tasty Tacos. After several years of drinking barely functional whiskey, a dram of Glenlivet 15, center, is pert near a religious experience. Right, a tasty landjäger sausage at Hessen Haus. Firm texture and well seasoned. Served chilled, as a snack in itself or as part of a Peasant Plate.

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