Q: I’m a recent transplant to Georgia from Baltimore. Can you tell me where to find packages of sliced Taylor pork roll? I don’t want to have to slice it myself. Thank you. — B. Parks, email
A: The ingredients in this regional favorite from New Jersey includes pork, salt, sugar and spices. When describing the cured meat to folks who haven’t experienced Taylor pork roll, some fans have admitted that it’s not a far stretch to place it in the same category as Spam or even bologna. The Garden State is so fond of its pork roll that not only will you find it fried in breakfast and deli sandwiches, but you’ll also see it resting smugly atop cheese, a ground beef patty and grilled onions in a Jersey burger. Of course, New Jersey residents aren’t the only ones who grew up on Taylor pork roll. Some will attest to a pork roll belt that starts in New Jersey and touches parts of Philadelphia, Delaware and Maryland. You’ll find eight slices of Taylor pork roll in 6-ounce packages for $3.19 at Publix, 595 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, 404-881-1750.
Q: Is there a gadget that helps make uniform slices when cutting tomatoes, onions, potatoes and other vegetables? If so, where could I find it? — David Nugent, Canton
A: David, I found the Sharper Image 4-in-1 Chop and Slice, $24.99, that features three sets of blades and a storage container. It slices tomatoes as well as firmer vegetables, and the chopper has received plenty of positive reviews. You’ll find the slicer at Bed Bath and Beyond, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-971-2405. You can check it out online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.
Q: My sisters and I plan to replace my father’s 60-year-old grave marker, which contains an incorrect birth date. It has been vandalized as well. Can you help me locate a local foundry, or an artisan who can melt down the old bronze marker and form it into something each of us can use as a keepsake, for example, paper weights? Thank you for your help. — Phyllis Rich Carpenter, Dallas
A: Phyllis, I found the ideal solution for you. Artist Phillip Hutzelman owns Inferno Art Foundry, 5072 Sunset Strip, Union City, 770-964-6621, where he not only creates bronze pieces, but his foundry provides casting services to other artists. In other words, Inferno Art Foundry is the perfect place to have that bronze marker transformed into family mementos. You can check out the foundry at www.infernoartfoundry.com.
Q: I have been trying to locate a shelf and drawer liner called No Bugs M’ lady, and have been unable to locate it anywhere. Do you have any suggestions on how to find it. Thank you. — Marsha Wetmiller, Morrow
A: This insecticidal shelf and drawer liner is formulated to keep ants, mites, roaches, silverfish and other common insects at bay. You might consider buying a mat to place between the No Bugs M’ lady paper and dishes or any other items that will come in contact with skin or food. Each roll of white drawer liner costs $8.50. You can buy it online at www.nobugshop.com.
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