Thousand Island dressing

Handwritten page of a diary dated October 14, 1959

go out to eat and my mom always says “they will all have a salad with Thousand Island dressing.”

Sometimes this dressing tastes very good and not too sweet and has just a little tang. Not like Tang like we drink for breakfast, but I looked up what tang means, which is a sharp distinctive often lingering flavor.

But sometimes this dressing tastes like a slop someone formed by mixing ketchup and mayonnaise and an entirely full bag of sugar.

When I first began eating it, I didn’t know it was named for some islands in the upper part of New York and the lower part of Canada. It’s good that I have a set of encyclopedias at home because we never did learn this at school. On one of these islands around the very beginnings of this century an actress got the recipe off some lady who invented the dressing. The actress gave it to a man who was building a castle to spend the summers in and he owned the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, which started serving that dressing.

I expected that encyclopedia to say there aren’t really a thousand of those islands in that area, but really. It showed a picture of somebody’s house (not even a huge house) using up one whole island. BUT that is not even the smallest island if you would like to count the islands with only one tree, and if you do that means there are more like 1,700 islands, which I guess they did not count all those tree islands when they named the dressing.


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