'It's the little differences'

As Vincent Vega said in “Pulp Fiction:” “It's the little differences. I mean they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it's just, just there it's a little different.”
It’s time to discuss the Runza sandwich.
And the Dorothy Lynch salad dressing.
Both wildly Midwestern entities.
OK, I know my 43 Things say “never eat fast food again, ever.” Runza Hut is a fast food place. Kinda-sorta.
A Runza (also called a bierock), is a yeast roll stuffed to the bajezus with hamburger meat, cabbage and onions and various spices.
It’s a German/Russian import (Germans and Russians being foolhardy enough – uh, I mean of strong character – to want to settle on the prairie) that is part of growing up a Nebraskan.
The first Runza restaurant opened in Lincoln in 1949. When I went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1981-1986), you could buy a Runza for $1.25 at the Cornhusker football games.
Today, a cheese Runza (my preferred way to eat it, it’s got a couple of slices of processed American Cheese tucked into the bread) will set you back $2.99.
It’s all worth it (even though the cabbage will give you the winds something fierce).
Just as crazy is Dorothy Lynch salad dressing. I think there’s a bottle in every refrigerator in Nebraska.
And I am not kidding.
There was a real Dorothy Lynch, who invented the “pseudo-French dressing” recipe for folks at the Legion Club in St. Paul, Nebraska in the 1940s. Dorothy sold the recipe in the 1960s, and the stuff is made by Tasty-Toppings in Columbus, Nebraska.
It’s like French dressing, but it’s not. It’s just good. You have to taste it to see.
And when the idea of a salad in the Midwest gets as daring as chopped iceberg lettuce with shredded carrots, you need a little goodness. You need a little orange-hued Dorothy Lynch, speckled with poppy seeds.
And yes, I have had Nebraska transplants in California ask if I’ll bring a couple of bottles back in my suitcase.
Yes, I will bring bottles back.

5 comments:

Skigirl said...

Ok, I'm guessing this will do nothing not your target fat percentage

Skigirl said...

for NOT not....how do you amend posts once they're published??

TheRobRogers said...

I've seen Dorothy Lynch before. The color can be very off-putting. Now I'm trying to remember where I saw it so I can get me a bottle and check it out.

Stevo said...

Mmmmmm.....food.

RachelRenae said...

That's weird. My mom buys Dorothy Lynch, but we're not even a LITTLE midwestern (we are German, though). It's good stuff!