Hot-Rock Cooking Party

For archaeologists, the proof is in the pudding — or rather, in the agave, cactus and other goodies

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Once the pit was opened and the cactus pads plucked off, Phil offered around the much-awaited delicacy.

"It has a bit of a bitter taste still, Phil."

"It's a little soapy still, Phil." "This one is sweeter, like brown sugar maybe."

"You're not going to be taking a plane trip right away are you?" Phil asked one recipient who still was savoring the acrid, slightly mushy green stuff. "If it's not cooked enough," he explained, "it makes a great laxative."

"Hey, thanks a lot, Phil."

"Compliments to the chef."

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