Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Home Made Pizza and My Salt Story!
It's Tuesday, so I'm joining Debbie at "A Quilter's Table" for Tuesday at the Table. She has a great post about the salt she uses in her kitchen. I'm no salt aficionado, but her post reminded me of a fun salt story that's deep in my past! It goes way back to my elementary school days. I grew up in Baton Rouge Louisiana (born in Baton Rouge General Hospital), and lived there until I was in high school (Baton Rouge High School). I attended public school there. One rite of passage of all Baton Rouge school kids was a field trip to Avery Island, Louisiana. This is a special place. It's where Tabasco hot sauce was created, and is still made, it's a rich wildlife refuge and sanctuary, and it's also the first salt rock mine in North America. The whole area is a huge, almost pure salt dome that still produces salt. When I was a kid, you could take tours of the salt mines, and I remember being underground, taking huge slides down to the floor, and standing in an enormous "room", bigger than any sports arena that was all salt! AMAZING! They've long ago stopped giving tours there, but you can still take tours of the Tabasco sauce plant, and nature preserve.