The weekend with the whole Clusiau family finished up as nicely as I can imagine. We all got together for dinner yesterday, relaxed last night, and then Ben and I visited my Uncle Tom's dealership this morning to see what my grandfather started and say one last goodbye. I left with the feeling that the Clusiaus are like home... I can't wait to plan the next visit and continue keeping up with each other.
So, I've got to tell you guys a little bit about Porketta. Have you ever heard of it? Well, a family named the Frabonis introduced this super delicious seasoned pork shoulder to the Northern Minnesota area 50 years or so ago, and they are still made and available today - not only are they sold locally, but now you can order their products online. From time to time we got to eat Porketta growing up... you know, for holidays or other random occasions. This weekend I got to talking with my family about Porkettas... and how gooood they are.
Well, let me tell you about the delight I had when we went to my Uncle Dave and Aunt Kathy's place for dinner yesterday and they had prepared a Porketta along with all of the other delicious fare. I think I almost drooled when Dave opened the lid to the pot and I caught a whiff of it. This lucky girl got to chow down on one of the best pork products ever, then they packed Ben and me a to-go container for the road. Let me show you the amazing burrito I had for lunch today:
This is roasted red pepper hummus, porketta, and some yummy antipasto that my Aunt Kathy made. (Hey, Aunt Kathy, do you think you could send me the recipe?)
Well, I just have to tell you about how my Porketta-filled weekend was topped off. When we left this morning, my Uncle Tom had packed a cooler with a whole uncooked Porketta - that's right. It's on the road with us and just waiting to be prepared once we arrive in Colorado (yes, Colorado family... get ready!). What a treat!
In case you're wondering, yes, there are people other than the Frabonis who make Porketta, but it would really just be a waste of your time. You should just go ahead and visit this page and get one for your next holiday feast.