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THE PEACE CORPS DIARIES: Letter From Paraguay

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BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH One of the cool things about living in Paraguay is that there aren’t any neat packages of chicken thighs in aisle six. There is just clucking, feathered creatures running around, and if you want to eat one, you have to catch, kill, pluck, clean and him first. In my community, people mostly eat beef. However, about once a week, families here will slaughter one of their chickens and prepare a dish called tallarin (noodles) or mbori mbori (balls of corn meal) in broth, or some other kind of soup. And in Potrero Pucu, we use the whole chicken, not just the pretty parts. A couple of days ago, I got to witness and participate in the actual preparation. Enjoy! MORE

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