laquLost Cowboy followers may remember my trip to Buenos Aires last fall.  It was my first time in Argentina and its great capital, and I had a great time.  So great a time that I am headed back there in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait.

I posted a lot about what I did and saw in Buenos Aires, but I did not write about the food.  The restaurants were amazing and the level or service and quality of food were excellent.  One thing that I discovered was that the residents or Buenos Aires love cured meats.  Maybe that is why I loved Argentina so much – as I love cured meats too.

Give me a salami, prosciutto, speck, or pancetta and I am good to go.

I am a particular fan of the products of La Quercia, an Iowa-based purveyor of fine cured meats.  La Quercia makes artisan cured meats like salumi-prosciutto, coppa, speck, pancetta, guanciale, and lardo. They seek “the best possible ingredients, produced responsibly, we craft them by hand into something that expresses our appreciation for the beauty and bounty of Iowa.”

I just say: “delightful!”

La Quercia‘s mission: “We believe that the food we eat can delight us every day. It is our mission to help you make that happen. With each product, we strive to offer a memorable eating experience, one that causes you stop and savor the moment. Great food is more than great taste. It is healthful, nutritious, and pleasurable. It is satisfying sensually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. It tastes good and it feels good. It pleases and it nourishes. It is part of a responsible food system that sustains you, producers, craftspeople, restaurants, and stores who support their communities and respect the environment.”

Visit the La Quercia website here.