|Uncle Don and many, many cousins.|
This branch of the family favors micro-brews, home brews, and chair throwing barroom brawls.
The infamous Yooper home brews - Big Shag Big Stout and Escanaba Pail Ale were made with the brewing expertise from these Corvallis cousins and supplied by cousin Joel's Corvallis Brewing Supply:
Coincidentally, cousins from the paternal side of the family also migrated to Corvallis from Chicago via San Francisco and Santiago, Chile. So I also had the opportunity to spend time with Aunt Gloria and cousins Rob and Paula.
Rob's a retired educator and for a second act, he and Paula have embarked on a gourmet entrepreneurial venture - a quince orchard and Quince Essentials:
They sent me home with a jar of their organic quince spread aka "Membrillo" and instructions on how to enjoy the South American delicacy. Their recommendation: serve it with manchego or white cheddar cheese on water crackers or crusty bread. Last night we enjoyed it on the side with Sigrid's split pea soup.
Really good. While enjoying the gourmet treat, I am thinking to myself - "I've had this before." Then I remembered. Another cousin. Another retired educator. And to complete the circle - back to the U.P. a couple of years ago:
|Shag Lake - Fall 2009|