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#142533 - 04/29/05 12:01 AM Those funny dishes
Father Steve Offline
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Years ago, I bought a small set of pottery dishes in Mexico which had a curious design. They were rimmed. The plate was divided in half by a ridge down the middle. One of the halves was further divided in half, such that it created three compartments: one half the plate size and two each a quarter of the plate size.

The dishes were hand painted in many bright colours (on reddish clay), which was their demise. It turned out that those darned things were decorated with lead-based paints and were useful for decoration (and slowly poisoning your enemies) but not for serving Mexican food to friends.

One supposes that glazing technology has improved since the seventies and that similar plates are available which are not toxic. One would like to find such plates by doing an Internet but the problem with Internet shopping for odd items is that one must know/guess the precise name under which the vendor lists the item sought. Which I don't, when it comes to these plates.

What, pray tell, is the name of a plate divided into one half compartment and two quarter compartments, in the Mexican fashion?





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#142534 - 04/29/05 08:53 AM Re: Those funny dishes
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I wonder if that was really in a Mexican fashion, or a knock off of the "American" aimed at the tourist market. But, couldn't you search for something like "dinnner plate divided mexican"?


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#142535 - 04/29/05 08:53 AM Re: Those funny dishes
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Fr Steve:

They have a very technical term, according to Lisa at Kitchen and Company in Asheville:

Divided Plates

http://vip.hpnc.com/~palmwood/dvdplates.htm is one example.



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#142536 - 04/29/05 08:58 AM Re: Those funny dishes
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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> Divided Plates

Lisa also mentions "compartment plates". a quick google and you'll find plenty.

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#142537 - 04/29/05 01:30 PM Re: Those funny dishes
inselpeter Offline
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BTW, were they from the State of Guanajuato?


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#142538 - 04/29/05 01:44 PM Re: Those funny dishes
Father Steve Offline
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The Google search which Inselpeter suggests returns 59,100 websites, which is a few more than I had in mind, but is a good start. Thanks to all who suggested directions.


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#142539 - 04/29/05 08:55 PM Re: Those funny dishes
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Father Steve, you'll find these in most kitchen / home houseware sections of department stores. They're known as fondue plates here.


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#142540 - 04/30/05 02:32 PM Re: Those funny dishes
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Except in the area of Wisconsin around Fondue Lack.

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#142541 - 05/01/05 01:25 PM Re: Those funny dishes
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Arrghhhh...a bilingual pun. Have you no shame TEd.



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#142542 - 05/01/05 04:22 PM Have you no shame, TEd?
TEd Remington Offline
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Well, no, not really.

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