Ask Dayton 53 – Sausage: Bacon’s Closest Rival
What’s with all this love for bacon, yet not a peep for sausage? What the fuck? Pork sausage, turkey sausage, spicy, mild, hot sausage…so many things you can do with it. But bacon gets all the love? Why? WHY? Speaking of sausage, did you read Starlog, Fangoria and all the old magazines of the type back in the day? What are your memories of them? Did you wait for them every month like we did for comics?
Thanks Bacon Breath
Hmmm. I think our intrepid listener may well have a point. You just don’t hear the general, multipurpose love for sausage that bacon enjoys. Why is that? Who doesn’t love a thick, juicy sausage? Right, Nick? How many of you out there like smoking sausage? Do you smoke your own, or let someone else smoke yours for you?
Personally, I consider sausage as bacon’s closest rival when we speak about being the deliciously decadent girl next door so far as meat products are concerned. What’s even better is when they hook up, interlacing their tendrils of hot tasty goodness in order to satisfy the base desires of many a mortal meat consumer. Example? The popular Original Bacon Explosion, referenced right here on this very show for the second weekend in a row. Despite the name, those of us who’ve chanced to sample this delectably debauched dish know that it simply cannot work without the inclusion of Italian sausage. More than a meal, this is a Double-E ticket ride straight to Hell, but we don’t care because it tastes so damned good. BACON. SAUSAGE. LIVING TOGETHER. MASS ANGINA.
(We pause here for a moment so that Nick might collect himself, because we all know he didn’t get past “angina” without giggling, or at least thinking about giggling.)
(We good? Okay.)
(All right, I’m done.)
Though I tend to prefer bacon as part of any delicious breakfast, I do use sausage in other cooking. I love mixing it in with the regular ground beef or turkey when making a pasta dish, for example, and I do like Italian sausage on my pizza. Still, I’ve tended to moderate its use lately, owing mostly to that one incident a few years ago when my gall bladder opted to bust one of those Alien chest-burster moves on me less than two hours after I had such a pizza. Yeah, that was fun, but I did learn that Demerol makes a good mixer with vodka, so it’s all good.
So, verdict? Bacon = Good. Sausage = Good. Bacon + Sausage = Sell Your Soul to Satan Good.
Now for the other half of this week’s rather bi-polar query: genre magazines of old. Oh, hell YES did I read these mags when I was a kid. Starlog and Fangoria, along with Famous Monsters and Fantastic Films? Long before the Internet, these were The Shit when I was a kid. It was magazines like this where most of us got our first tantalizing glimpses of movies coming soon to theaters near us. I remember buying issues just so that I could get one photo from the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Whole issues were devoted to the big movies of the day, like Alien, Superman, and The Empire Strikes Back.
Sadly, our online world hasn’t been too kind to many of these once great titles, but they still hold a particular place in my little fanboy heart. To be honest, it’s rare for me to buy a magazine of any sort these days, unless it’s something really special like Life’s tribute to Neil Armstrong, National Geographic’s 100th observance of the Titanic sinking, or the annual Penthouse Pet of the Year Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As years passed, I eventually joined the crowd and started getting my movie and other genre info from the Internet. I think the last issue of Starlog I bought was the year Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow came out, because it included an insert which replicated an old-style pulp fiction magazine, complete with a Sky Captain short story. I actually bought an issue of Famous Monsters just this past summer at Comic-Con. The mag is still running in both print and online editions, and I bought a special tribute issue celebrating the Universal Studios Monsters. Creature from the Black Lagoon like a muthafukka, y’all!
A call seeking comment from the Creature regarding his preference for bacon or sausage was not returned. However, he did express interest in checking out that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Get your own, you skeevy bastard.
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