With all apologies to Noah, we'll now turn our attention back to something far less "gourmet" . . .
At the same time fellow Daily Mail columnist Suzanne McMinn and I were going gaga over two of our simpler culinary pleasures last week - fried bologna and fried peanut butter and jelly sammiches, respectively - I also received a letter from St. Albans reader David Esque looking for a recipe featuring the same.
"I'm writing to possibly find the WORLD'S BEST (all caps, so you know he's serious) hot bologna recipe!"
He said back in the late '50s and early '60s, "Mom" Smiley, who owned Smiley Restaurant in St. Albans, fixed a great hot bologna.
"I don't know if her recipe is known to the public or not. I've also heard that Andy's in Institute had a great hot bologna," he said. "Maybe you have a great recipe or your readers will share their secret sauce."
OK, readers, anyone have any intel on great hot bologna sandwiches in the area - or a great recipe you're willing to share? If so, give me a shout at dailymailfood...@aol.com or 304-348-1721.
We can't let poor David settle for cold bologna.
On a related note, reader Brenda Crites came to my defense when it comes to fried PB&J.
"We have eaten these for over 30 years. I tell people about them all the time, and I get that look of disgust every time," she said. "But I tell them, try it and you will never want a cold one again! One of my favorite foods."
Happy National Pie Day!
To help you celebrate, visit The Food Guy blog today at blogs.dailymail.com/foodguy for a few sweet facts on one of America's favorite treats.
There's also a simple recipe I posted there last week for Pumpkin Sage Pasta, along with a photo and video demo showing how to make it. It's not my original recipe, or me in the video, but a good dish nonetheless.
Steven Keith writes a weekly food column for the Daily Mail. He can be reached at 304-348-1721 or by email at dailymailfood...@aol.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Pinterest as "DailyMail FoodGuy," on Twitter as "DMFoodGuy" or read his blog at http://blogs.dailymail.com/foodguy/.