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Melanie Wong | Jul 4, 200801:22 PM     2

What is it about chicharrones that gets people so excited? For a 5 de Mayo weekend wine-tasting, I picked up some chicharrones and queso fresco from Los Piños market in Cloverdale for the occasion. I served these up with aguacate y queso fresco.

On Saturday's the first batch comes out around 10am/11am. They were hot and fragrant when I got them back to the house and perfumed the air. The first guest to arrive stepped in the door, sniffed a few times, and said, "are you making carnitas? chicharrones?" When I pointed to the pile of fried pork rinds with meat on the kitchen counter that I needed to cut up, she volunteered for the task to get her hands on them. Then nearly all the other guests did an "omigod, chicharrones!" when they saw them on the table and dove right in. The table was loaded with lots of other things to eat, but the emotional draw was definitely these porky bites.

So, if you want to have happy guests, get yourself some fresh chicharrones from your favorite carniceria.

Recipe for aguacate y queso fresco con chicharrones -
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/30572

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Los Pinos Deli & Market
3 Tarman Dr, Cloverdale, CA

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