I had trusted this man! We had history (about 10 minutes).
He was sneaky!
This is how it all went down: I saw him grab something in the cooler. It was small enough to fit in his hand and not be seen clearly. He didn't say a word, and he just took it over to the meat slicer to shave some off. He came back to us, and reaching over the counter, handed us each a petite little slice of "something". "Try this!", he said.
"Ummm...like...OK!", replied Mr. D...I mean me.
It was mild, nice texture, clearly came from a small strangely shaped loaf.
"Do you like it?", said the butcher with an ulterior motive.
"Ummm...it's ok! What is it?"
"It's tongue!", he says with a smile on his face.
Suddenly my world changed. Every bit of what was left in my mouth, hangin' out in my teeth began to...well...taste me back.
I could feel things stirring in me, and my only hope was to swallow hard. Look out the window...swallow hard...look at all the birdies...swallow hard.
Ok, so my palate ain't so mature.
"You liked it before I told you what it was, didn't you?" he says now with a smirk across his face.
"Ummm...kinda...(swallowing hard again).
Needing to put this little moment behind us, we continued to make our selections. We selected about four different kinds of bologna, ham and turkey lunch meat, and some of the best hot dogs we've ever eaten.
They're on the far left of this picture.
It's so cool...it's like they're linked together just like in the cartoons!!
( Immature dork alert!)
One of the wonderful new things we had to try was
Holiday Loaf/Schweinebauch ~wrapped in bacon.
(#41 on the list...will not be marked off, but maybe circled with a heart)
Oh, it was delicious!
I tried to ♥girl it up♥ good by serving it on a croissant.
Horrible picture, but really good eats.
So if you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in to Claus' and tell him the lady that choked down the tongue says, "Hi."
We also purchased the
DOUBLE Smoked Bacon!
I'll be baking it in the oven just like ya'll suggested.