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There?s a beef over that 146-foot BLT

It could be that former allies in Sonoma County?s quest to build the world?s largest bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich will go to war.

That mightn?t be an entirely bad thing. Wouldn?t you agree that the more enormous BLTs constructed in the county, the better?

But the rift that opened over Sunday?s creation of a 146-foot sandwich at the Windsor Farmers Market is a serious matter to food writer Michele Anna Jordan, some of whose work appears in The Press Democrat.

In 2003 she published the book on BLTs ? ?The BLT Cookbook? ? and that same year created at the Kendall-Jackson Tomato Festival a monster BLT that she said covered 14,976 square inches.

Jordan subsequently partnered up with the two Windsor women ? Windsor High culinary teacher Marie Ganister and Glenda Castelli, director of Windsor Farmers Market ? who in recent years oversaw the creation of super-super-size pies.

Jordan said the three of them agreed to work together this year on a gigantic BLT, but in June the Windsor pair told her they?d decided against the project.

Jordan contends Ganister and Castelli took her knowledge of giant BLTs and cut her out of Sunday?s world-record attempt.

?They looked me right in the face and lied to me,? Jordan said.

Teacher Ganister says nothing of the sort happened. Though conceding she and Castelli told Jordan in June they?d decided against going for a world-record BLT this year, she insists they also informed Jordan when they changed their minds and resurrected the attempt.

Ganister said a parting of the ways occurred in August because Jordan disagreed with plans regarding the bacon and bread. Still, Ganister said, she and the others involved in building the BLT at Sunday?s Farmers Market freely credited Jordan as the sandwich?s inspiration.


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