It's the Machado Family annual Linguica-Making Party-2016!
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, we had family and friends come in from all over the country to partake in the making of linguica (pronounced Leen gwee sa), a Portuguese sausage.
My Aunt Maxine and Uncle Fred Machado and their families host this event on their farm a few miles outside of Fresno, CA near the town of Easton.
The event starts out a few days prior, where people head over my aunt and uncle's place to cut up the slabs and a slabs of pork meat. Afterwards, the meat is seasoned and marinates until the day of making.
On Saturday morning, people arrive early to prepare the machinery and the casings to make the linguica. Then people begin to grind the meat that feeds into the casings, thus making the liguica.
Once everyone is done, my Aunt Maxine, along with help from others, puts out an amazing Portuguese meal!
After the meal, everyone heads over to my uncle's smokehouses. There, people lay out the linguica onto racks for curing. In a few days, the linguica is ready for consumption!
I always enjoy this event, as it has become, to me, more than just a cultural tradition. It gives me a chance to see family and friends from all over, many of whom I only get to see once a year. It reminds me of how special of a family that I have and the many friends we have cultivated over the years.
I cannot wait for next year!