Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 08:33:16 EDT


Subject: Re: s'mores and thousand island dressing

Lynne Murphy writes (after agreeing with the majority sentiment that s'mores

must contain real fire-roasted marshmallows [gee, sounds almost trendy that

way] and not fluff glop and NO peanut butter):

now, if you've gotten this far, could you tell me if "thousand island

dressing" comes from the thousand islands in new york? the american

heritage says "possibly." a bottle i saw here recently had a picture

of a woman hula-ing on the label, which amused me, since i think of

the thousand islands as a place where you need a sweater.

That IS quite an image, a line of fisherman-sweater- and parka-wearing

inhabitants of the St. Lawrence seaway area with grass skirts dancing the

hula. I'm quite confident that even if the connection between the dressing

and the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence is embellished by myth, any

connection with that OTHER archipelago can only be a recent folk etymology

(or advertising ploy: grass skirts might be deemed to sell better than