Tie Plates: Explained

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This past week I had the pleasure of dreaming that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, followed in close succession by some anonymous children’s choir, sang a blistering yet touching version of KISS’ “god gave rock and roll to you”. It dawned on me later, after some Grooveshark research, that I was really just recalling a Petra redux of the song that had embedded itself deep within my mind-hole.

After a few dozen listens of the Petra version, I determined that the MTC version would be far more arresting, and have tweeted at them to no avail.

It’s possible that they are quite backed up with requests, and may be honestly considering this radio-friendly and God-centered song.

I spent a wonderful Christmas in Thessalon/The Sault and avoided the whole ice storm. A recent status update from a friend who is working as a chef in the Sault brought some clarity to a serious dessert issue we’ve all been grappling with for years. Why do they call them ‘tie plates’?

Joel Grandmont: “After 35 years (10 of which spent in culinary training), I’ve finally found out why Saultites call them “tie plates” and the rest of the world call them “pizzelle”. The word “pizzelle” comes from the Italian word “pizze”– meaning “round and flat” and the root of the word “pizza”. The story goes that many early Italian immigrants to the Soo worked for Algoma Central Railway and not having pizzelle irons available, they would clean, cure, and use the iron plates that secure rails to railway ties– the “tie plates.”


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