Last week’s poll asked about what you prefer to cook with on your stove. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a majority responded that they, like me, use cast iron although I honestly believed non-stick would be the winner. Either way, I plan on expanding my collection of cast iron cookware and can’t wait till I have replaced nearly everything with it.
This week’s poll comes following the Thanksgiving weekend. Plenty of food was had by all and many of you likely had a side of ‘stuffing’ or ‘dressing’. While there has been much debate over the origin and then proper use of either term to refer to the side served with turkey, Martha and Tom have an excellent writeup showing that either word is acceptable regardless of its use (in or out of the bird).
From their post (which is well worth the read):
In examining over 100 years of American cookbooks, I found no evidence for a clear distinction between the terms “stuffing” and “dressing” when referring to the type of dish served with turkey at Thanksgiving. Instead, the terms appear to be interchangeable depending on author preference; most authors used both. This brief survey does not rule out the possibility of regional differences. My sample of books was not large or representative enough to make such a comparison. And, in limiting myself to 19th century cookbooks, I’ve ignored the possibility that the distinction might have arisen within the last century.
They go on to say that future historians may later go back over more recent discussions about the topic and decide it may in fact have been a 20th Century distinction. So let’s our part to help them out some. Which do you prefer to call ‘stuffing’ or ‘dressing’ and why do you choose one or the other? Do you like the dish or is it another one of those holiday traditions you fill your stomach with but could really pass on any other time of the year? Whatever you have to say about this one vote on the sidebar and then comment on below. After you do both of those things feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.