Herb and Kathy Eckhouse, the co-founders of La Quercia, are the Iowans who introduced world-class prosciutto-making to this country. They also make a whole slew of top-notch artisan cured meats and salumi, including pancetta, coppa, speck, lonza, guanciale, and lardo. If you've never tasted any of La Quercia's truly amazing pork products, we hereby declare you seriously delicious pork-deprived.
This year as part of the Serious Eats Holiday Giveaways, we're giving away La Quercia's Secret Weapons package, which includes one pound of their rolled pancetta, which is seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, and bay leaf; a tub of versatile lardo spread (which is great on everything from warm bread to game birds); and two meaty Borsellino salamis with a touch of fennel flavor.
To win, all you have to do is tell us: What ingredient is *your* secret weapon in the kitchen?
You have until 10 a.m. ET tomorrow (Dec 20) to enter. One winner will be chosen at random from among the commenters. Contest winners are limited to residents of the continental U.S., and you can only win once during the duration of the Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway contest. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.