Kevin E. Flynn's answer Your question did not include a patent number. The first step of answering the question is to determine whether there is a patent that has issued and has not expired. You may want to do some searching using tips at my slide set http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching .
Generally the patent system is not used for images but design patents can cover the ornamental appearance of items including icons uses on computer or phone screens so I do not want to dismiss this out of hand.
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer I'm assuming that by "pic" you mean POA. Also, I'm not sure whose usufructuary power you're referring to: her late husband's? This question is one that is better answered by an attorney after review of the power of attorney you're referring to. Feel free to give me a call if you wish to arrange for a review of the document.
There are dozens or hundreds of patents on making sausages or boudin. Some of them may extend to premade entrees. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=sausage&FIELD1=TI&co1=AND&TERM2=&FIELD2=&d=PTXT
However, it is possible that your method does not infringe on any of the claimed methods. It is also possible to patent your method if it is really new.
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