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Chicken gives new twist to Nicholini sausage

— For decades, savvy shoppers have flocked to Nichols’ Supermarket at 327 First St., in Liverpool for its wide variety of quality meats.

Well, that variety grew a bit wider last week, as the Meat Department proudly unveiled three new chicken sausage products. Not pork. Not turkey. Not country ham. Chicken!

Yep, Nichols’ butchers use the delicious white and dark meat of broiler birds to create the trio of grill-ready chicken bangers.

Those with a taste for spicy foods will relish the Buffalo chicken wing sausages flavored with blue cheese buds and Frank’s Hot Sauce. Tamer appetites will appreciate Nichols’ new broccoli-cheddar chicken sausage complemented with milk. Those with a sweet tooth will satisfy it with the chipotle-honey chicken sausage rich with honey powder.

And the price is right making it easy for shoppers to mix and match! All three of the new Nicholini chicken sausages sell for just $3.29 per pound; nicholsliverpool.com; 453-MEAT.

‘Ten Little’ what?

Dame Agatha Christie, who wrote more than five dozen mystery novels and a dozen plays, considered “And Then There Were None” her best piece of stage “craftsmanship.”

While many audiences prefer her twisted “Witness for the Prosecution,” Christie favored her classic 10-character whodunit based on her 1939 novel, “Ten Little N*s.” Yes, that was this story’s initial title before stage and film versions changed the name to “Ten Little Indians” and “And Then There Were None.”

Despite its dark origins, there’s nothing hard-boiled about “And Then There Were None.” The quintessential British parlor mystery is more fanciful than frightful, a mind-game mystery wholly lacking any resemblance to reality, just as its many murders lack blood.

But it can be entertaining, and CNY Playhouse’s current production reminds us why Christie so admired the work. She craftily created 10 distinct characters complete with suspicious back stories, dropped them all on an island off the coast of Devon and had a disembodied voice accuse each and every one of murder.

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