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Darby Remembered and Appreciated

Nicole Sauce’s grandfather was a cook from the time he served in the military until his death, a span of 70 years or so. For several decades, he owned and did the bulk of the cooking for a nifty small restaurant in a scenic small town not too far from Portland, Oregon. One of his sons, Nicole’s dad, worked during his teen years as a short-order cook at Darby’s and went on to a career in food science.

Let’s celebrate with a breakfast sausage the entire extended family clamored for – well over 100 people during Nicole’s childhood – when relatives joined for meals. This recipe came directly from Darby, makes just a taster’s worth of sausage (so you know he scaled it down for household use), and bears the name he gave it.

Sausage Darby Style

1 pound


1 pound ground pork
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp sage
⅛ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp pepper
⅛ tsp MSG

Grind together two or three times.

Leave some fat on the meat or the sausage tends to be tough.