• Jenny Lynn Keller

Shaking It


For many folks in the south, July 4th celebrations mean fantastic food, fun, and fireworks. Besides hamburgers and hot dogs, the other holiday staple is sliced watermelon. You can debate the size, shape, proper way to cut it, and easiest way to eat it. You can spit the seeds everywhere or carefully remove them with a fork. You can toss the remains in the trash or offer them to the birds. But a make or break decision focuses on the addition of salt. Do you or don’t you? At some picnics, the salt shaker goes on the table before the watermelon. For others, it’s tastebud blasphemy.


The question today in anticipation of a long, hot holiday weekend—do you invite the salt shaker to celebrate with your watermelon? If you don’t care for watermelon, what about salt on cantaloupe or homegrown tomatoes?


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