Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Molcajete Baby!

 June 29, 2021

   Here is a Mexican food flashback from the pre-Covid era. This photo was taken at Mariscos Playa Hermosa in South Phoenix, one of our fave Mexican food joints. We were there for a big family gathering and Amy's mom took this photo of the Bell boys digging the main dish.

Molcajete Baby!

  Me and my son, Thomas Charles, enjoying Molcajete at Mariscos Playa Hermosa at 16th St. and Garfield in Phoenix. We absolutely love "molcajete" which is that big stone bowl at bottom, right. It's a specialty dish served in a molcajete bowl at the restaurant and it's full of steamy meats and fish. Molcajete refers to the bowl which is traditionallly carved out a single block of vesicular basalt and supported by three short legs. While the delicious recipes are usually not cooked in the bowl, the molcajete keeps the dish hot for a very long time because of it thermal mass. It's not unusual for this dish to still be bubbling a half-hour AFTER serving!

A typical Molcajete serving

   When I posted this on Facebook I got this response from a friend:

"The Bell boys at supper. . .best not to disturb them. The young one's a double handful of trouble, but he ain't a patch to the old man."

—Mort Mortensen

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