I've never seen Jimmy Deans here either, I live in B.C. I would use Hertel's sausage as a substitute. Depending on where she lives she might not be able to find Hertel's either. Personally I would mix my own.
There is some pretty cheap property all around in Tennessee right now...I would love to have some new que-in neighbors and wev'e got all the Jimmy Dean you could want!!! - I'm just sayin---how serious about are you???!!!
I live in British Columbia also been going down to Bellingham Washington when ever we need Jimmy Dean for biscuits and gravy. Until I joined this site never heard or thought of smoking it as a fatty .But going to make another trip down very soon to restock the supply .( for some fatties)
Welcome neighbor. Next time you're down, hit the Costco meat section. They've got a nice offering of mild Italian, in stuffed sausage form. I unstuff them and use them for the flattened sausage part. Makes for a great fattie.
I saw Jimmy Dean sausage in the tube at the Superstore here in Nova Scotia last week. Try other Loblaw's stores as well. Most meat dept's decide on what stuff like that they order themselves, so a talk with the Meat Manager may help. There's also bulk sausage meat available at the store here from another national brand. SOOOOOO hard to find decent sausage around here.