We were planning a Mother's Day gathering at Mary's mom's house, around a dozen people, and we were in charge of the meat and potatoes. A nice long-cooked pork shoulder came immediately to mind, but when I started looking at the offerings in the meat case at the excellent Seward Co-op all I was seeing were smallish shoulder roasts. I went to the counter and asked the friendly Seward butcher--I'm pretty sure it was Karl, with whom I've chatted a few times, though we haven't been formally introduced [yes, it's Karl Gerstenberger; see his comment below]--I asked Karl if they had a whole pork shoulder in the back. He said, yeah, he thought they did, but it was...big. How big? Well, let's see, said Karl.
Then transferred it into this makeshift oven/smoker constructed of cinder blocks and pieces of some old farm implement we found in our woods:
As we were getting ready to pack up and head over to Willie and Don's, I looked over the food waiting on the stove and said to Mary:
"Hey, look: We made ham and scalloped potatoes!"
The meat was beyond, the potatoes, too, and the rest of the potluck was wonderful, as well. A Mother's Day to remember.
Be good to your mother every day, and be good to yourselves, too.
Cheers, all~ Brett