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Saturday, November 17

It's all the same...

Every year about this time, the same old tired argument comes up. What's the difference between dressing and stuffing??

People, listen to me carefully - there.is.no.difference. Look it up in your trusty dictionary, aka a reliable source - the words are used interchangeably. Dressing doesn't become stuffing because you cook it in the bird and stuffing doesn't become dressing because you cook it in a dish next to the bird.

According to the editors of Cooking Light, (who I'm more apt to listen to than your mother's cousin's brother-in-law, who's a chef at Le Cordon Bleu...)

"...what you call it depends more on where you live than how the dish is prepared."

"Stuffing" can be stuffed into the bird or baked alongside it in a separate dish, and the same holds true for the term "dressing," they write. "In the southern and eastern United States, people generally call it 'dressing,' a term that came about during the 19th century. Elsewhere, it's referred to as 'stuffing."'

Stuffing is dressing and dressing is stuffing... and that's the truth. (Even though I'm from the eastern United States and we always called it stuffing!) ;)

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5 Comments:

At 11/18/2007 1:22 PM, Anonymous elaine big"e" said...

That's correct! And the "stuff"
you put on salad is "dressing"!!! We be from the same region. :)

 
At 11/18/2007 6:52 PM, Blogger marianne said...

"We be from the same region."

LOL! ya think?? ;)

 
At 11/20/2007 1:40 PM, Blogger Fresh Girl said...

Dressing! The South has spoken. ;)

 
At 11/20/2007 1:45 PM, Blogger Debi said...

I must live a very sheltered life...can you believe I've never even heard it called "dressing" before?

 
At 11/20/2007 10:01 PM, Blogger Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I have lived all my life in the South, and we've always called it dressing. I always thought the distinction was where it was placed and cooked - inside a turkey meant it was "stuffed" and cooked separately in a different dish was "dressing". Either way, most of it is really good stuff! :)

 

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