5 Cooking Terms Let’s Leave Behind in 2007

1. Dressing

It’s not dressing, it’s stuffing.
Get it? It gets stuffed in the bird. That why it’s called stuff-ing. Even if you don’t use it to stuff, you’re not ‘dressing’ the bird. The mere mention of the word ‘dressing’ makes me wince down to my you-know-what. (It’s even hard for me to type.)

If you want further proof, it’s Stove-Top ‘Stuffing’ Mix, not ‘Dressing’ mix. I don’t care what the dictionary says. Don’t argue with me. Or Kraft.

Ok, you can call Kraft on it. But not me. I’m too thin-skinned.

2. Veggies

Perhaps the worst offender. They’re vegetables, my friends. If you’re too lazy to pronounce two extra, teeny-tiny syllables, all hope for humanity is lost. You deserve to read about the mindless antics of Britney and Paris for the next decade.

And I don’t mean my mindless antics in Brittany, or Paris.

3. Combine

The jury’s still in recess on this one.

Judith Jones swears this word means nothing, but I beg to differ. ‘Combine’ means to incorporate two or more ingredients. To merge them. If I say “Combine the oats and cranberries with your hands”, I think most people would get the drift.

Still, who am I to argue with Julia Child’s editor. I’ve ditched it a while ago, so let’s leave it behind us once and for all, shall we?

4. Sammies

I have nothing against Rachel Ray. Really. She’s as cute and perky as all get-out. And she can smile non-stop for far longer than I’m capable of doing. I don’t mind those other words like ‘evoo’ or whatever she says.

But I can’t get this friggin’ word out of my head!

It’s been a couple of years now and it’s really the stupidest word used in relation to food ever. I just can’t shake it!
Please, make those voices in my head stop….aarrgghh…..

5. Seasonal

I’m guilty of this as well. But it’s been so overused, it’s as tired as those endless post-Presidential debate discussions on the cable networks, discussing the same stupid stuff over and over and over and over. I was back in the US for less than 48 hours and I had it up to my neck and ending up watching Blind Date and transfied on I Love New York 2 on VH1 for two days, which, surprisingly, was far more interesting.
(Which perhaps says something about me…)

Anyhow. I’ve had raspberries served to me in ‘seasonally-inspired’ restaurants…in New York…in January. And who really wants all that asparagus in the winter from Argentina—unless, of course, you live in Argentina? If people haven’t gotten the message to cook seasonally by now, it’s a lost cause, folks. Let’s drop it. I’m going to give it a try. If I use the word ‘seasonal’ again around here, next time, you can call me on it. After you call Kraft, that is.

Any others I missed?





  • Yes you missed “nonundelows.” That would include anything “non…” “un…” “de…” or “low…” If you can’t handle the real thing why bother?

  • As a former Southerner, David, I would be killed by my grandparents for ever uttering the word “stuffing” – even though I will admit to using it myself, in private.


  • There are a couple of terms that need to be filed with “veggies” –
    “starters” – for the first course or Hors d’œuvres
    “Chipotle” – in everything, especially annoying is “chipolte mayo “. as familiar as yellow ball-park mustard, but much more annoying.

  • If I read one more desciption of flavors that “sing,” I might cough up a hairball.

    STOP WITH THE HARMONIC FOOD, already. You didn’t think of it, and you shouldn’t copy it. It’s overdone. Bo-ring. Trite.


    Um, thanks for letting me rant.

  • What?!! How DARE you attack the very name of my vegetable-loving blog?!!

    ; – ) And actually, I do rue the day that on a whim and without a thought, really, I named a blog (what was a blog? I knew not) A Veggie Venture since the veg(etari)an crowd has co-opted the word as theirs and theirs alone and so they have a cow (okay well maybe not a cow, but an eggplant, say?) when I cook vegetables in bacon grease. One can cook veggies – I mean, sorry, vegetables! – and still eat meat.

    Thanks for today’s good chuckle.

  • You don’t mind Yum-O? I have to bristle at that one! :)

    I think I would nominate “Pomegranate” though maybe we can’t eliminate a fruit directly – we could call it “that red bulb” or something so new recipes would be Custard Verrine with That Red Bulb Reduction sauce. :)

  • Alanna: You’ve earned an exemption, but just temporarily! You’re lucky, though.

    At least you can change the name of your blog—I can’t! ; )

    …I also forgot ‘chai tea’. But since someone took me to task once for saying ‘small demitasse’ (which I countered with the fact we say ‘huge SUV’), I’ll let those pass.

    But just until ’09. Then, it’s either ‘chai’ or ‘tea’.

  • And I forgot that I DESPISE “more-ish” – I see it more frequently in British cookbooks, but regardless, it’s awful.


  • Veggie dressing combined in a seasonal sammie… Spot on DL!

  • Sammie, ugh.

    Could we try to speak like an adult instead of a 5 year old, please?

    Unlike veggie, which is an abbreviation of sorts, sammie and sandwich have the same number of syllables.

    And while we’re discussing Ms. Ray, what’s with “stoup”? Why does she have to keep making up silly words?

  • Calling anyone a “Celebrity chef” but especially when it’s used to describe people who aren’t even chefs, such as Rachel, Sandra, Paula . . .

  • I see your point about stuffing, but it irritates me when people bake something outside the turkey and call it stuffing. After all, where the heck is it getting stuffed? In a pan? That doesn’t really make sense. Perhaps we need a new word to refer to stuffing that isn’t stuffed inside some sort of other tasty treat.

    Other than the quibble about stuffing, I think you’re right on the mark!

  • It’s not dressing OR stuffing. It’s filling. Was my family the only one to call it that?

  • I’ll have to argue for dressing as it isn’t stuffing at all. I’ll agree that there is no dressing involved, but it truly is a different beast having not been inserted into the beast. Another difference, provided by being cooked outside the bird is that dressing develops a crust, and as anyone knows, crusty edges of baked goods are often the best part.

    I say we don’t stop at ridding ourselves of sammie but that we continue on to rid ourselves of Rachel Ray altogether.

  • Sorry, in Georgia it’s dressing. End of discussion. And if the best you can come up with to suppourt your claim is that cardboard-tasting stuff from a box, that’s sad.

  • To the southern grandparents it’s cornbread dressing or it doesn’t exist. To the California me… it’s stuffing. But yes yummo and sammies both have got to go! Also… am I the only one tired of ‘marbled for flavor’??? It’s fatty. Yes tasty. And yes… fatty.

  • David,
    “Even if you don’t use it to stuff, you’re not ‘dressing’ the bird.”

    Sorry, you’re wrong. If you;re not “stuffing” the bird it isn’t stuffing. And if you live in the South (as I do) it is dressing even inside the bird.

    I’m sorry my friend, you may not like it, but if you’re not prepared for regional differences you have no business living in France. You might as well argue that cookies aren’t biscuits in England.

  • What have you got against Aussies, we love our veggies, they go with the snags on the barbie, especially if you have a couple of cold stubbies to wash them down.

  • Apologies to all you southern folks (incl. Andy), but I don’t get how a turkey is ‘dressed’ with something, when it’s served on the side? You dress a mannequin, you dress-up to go out to dinner, you dress the salad by pouring dressing on it.

    Kevin: Biscuits are close enough to cookies so I let that slide. It’s ‘pudding’ I can’t take. Isn’t pudding soft and runny?

    Good thing I don’t live in England. I’ve been booted from the US, and there’s just a few English-speaking countries that’d let me stay at this point ; )

    Laura: Yes, that one too! I was trying to explain what a ‘foodie’ was to a group of French friends and they were looking at me like I was nuts. Kinda like when I was trying to explain who Martha Stewart was.

    Nancy: And thanks a lot…now I’ve got that word ‘stoup’ in my head now too!!

  • “Chai tea” is on my list of redundant terms that I dislike hearing, because I dislike redundancy (and redundant redundancy). However, there is a case to be made for it. In North America (and, I’m surmising, other places that aren’t India) it is viewed as a variety of tea the same as “jasmine tea” or “Oolong tea”, so “chai tea” does make sense in this context.

    I use the word “stuffing” even though it doesn’t stuff the bird. I don’t “dress” the bird either. The stuffing is a side dish, cooked on its own. So, what is it called? I could call it “heavenly bread-meat-herb mixture for turkey” but that’s too long. So, “stuffing” it is, as in “We stuff ourselves full of the heavenly bread-meat-herb mixture”.

    -It’s not cooking, but it’s arguably food related: “Street meat” (as in, hot dog carts). Ugh.

    -“Nuke”. Sounds appetizing, non?

  • I want to knock myself unconscious when I hear the word “sammie”.@##$%%
    So David, if you don’t use the word combine, what do you put in its place – incorporate, mix, mélanger ;-)?

  • Is that where “Sammies” comes from?! I saw a commercial for some sandwich chain (Subway?) advertizing them. UGH!

    I hate “healthful.” I know it’s grammatically correct but it sounds so pretentious (Martha started it). It’s often used by reviewers on Epicurious when they change a bunch of ingredients then complain when the recipe doesn’t turn out.

  • I won’t buy number 3, no way, no how. You have to combine things sometimes, or they stay in different places and no one eats.

    I hate that everyone says their recipe is a twist on something. Say what? Who wants twisted food? Other than Challah.

  • I don’t like to be told “enjoy.” This is a verb that necessitates a direct object. Can’t the server find the time to add just a couple of extra words? “Enjoy your dinner,” or “Enjoy your food.”

    Also, I don’t like lots of extra prepositions, especially the dangling kind: to cook or bake something off, to finish something off in the oven, to let something set up are examples that come to mind. They are not only grammatically questionable, these expressions always either sound violent or lascivious or both.

    While I’m playing grammar nazi, there’s also the problem of the express checkout at the grocery store that has a sign announcing “12 items or less,” instead of “12 items or fewer.” Am I the only person left in the US who cares about the difference between count nouns and mass nouns? Maybe not, because I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and they got it right!

  • This isn’t a word… but really, if one more f’ing waitron asks, “Is everything tasting delicious/excellent?”, I will retch.

    I mean, what do you say? What’s the answer? If I say “no”, then I’m rude. And if I say yes, I’m a liar!

  • To build on Fatemeh’s right-on-the-money comments, I would vote to legally prohibit waitstaff from asking if I’m still “working on” my meal. I work hard at a lot of things, but eating a lovely meal in a restaurant isn’t one of them.

  • How about “a”? As in, hamburger with “a” sun-dried tomato reduction. Or french fries with “a” chile sirloin ragout? Shouldn’t that have played itself out along with, say, the Bush Sr administration?

  • I certainly agree on Sammies…it should be sammiches! heh

  • Can we add the verb ‘to pop’ when used in reference to adding an ingredient? As in, “And now let’s just pop that garlic right in the pan!” I don’t know why it makes me shudder so…..shudder.

  • I wasn’t even sure what a “sammie” was….we don’t have Miss Perky on Italian TV!

    Dressing/Stuffing, what’s the diff….I know what it is regardless. Guess being from KY is close enough to the south (right on the Mason-Dixon line) that I’m used to both.

  • David–I totally agree with your list, but not with your pardoning of “evoo.” Too cute, too cute. Regarding seasonal, the word taking its place is local. I’m all about supporting local farmers, but I’d be more concerned about the carbon footprint created by food if I weren’t hearing about it from yuppies driving their gas-guzzling Range Rovers to the farmers market to “buy local.” On an only slightly related topic, don’t use the word fudge as a cute substitute for the F-bomb. Unless you’re under 12, either drop the bomb or shut up.

  • Hola.

    Sammige. :) (in an affectionate, special occasion way. Not everyday. Please.)

    Dressing goes on salads.

    I’ve been exposed to Rachel Ray periodically on our cable TV. Funny show, but the voice!

  • Oh yeah, “local”, I’m also in favor of that term disappearing. It’s become just another marketing phrase that has no real meaning – like “natural”. Ask you “local” purveyor where their stuff comes from!

  • ugh, can we put a moratorium on adults calling food “nummy”. that makes me cringe.

  • “Source” as an active verb – as in, “That chef is sourcing very good ingredients these days.” Hate it, hate it, hate it. It’s pretentious, insider-y, foodie and arrogant. It’s got to go.

  • ah yes – dressing, veggies, and sammies sound like nails on a chalkboard to me – terrible! you forgot EVOO, and any other Rachael-Ray-term out there ;0)

  • Maybe it’s just a western MA thing, but I’m sick of “native” at the farmstands. “Native corn!” “Native strawberries!” “Native locally grown heirloom tomatoes!” It’s baffling.

  • Love this post. Definitely agree with “sammies” “veggies” and “dressing” (jeez it’s TOTALLY stuffing). But hey, what are your thoughts on the term foodie?

  • What’s so evil about “combine”? Two syllables,short and sweet and to the point. That’s like saying you don’t like “mix”. I could see if it were a flowery word like “marry”, or one with too many syllables like “incorporate”, but c’mon! What’s the big whoop?
    …Pomegranate???? haha

  • I’m with PhlD on this, I’m rather affronted at your placing veggies on the list – it may be slang, but its also indicative of the Australian lexicon, along with ‘Aussie’, ‘barbie’, ‘snag’, and ‘g’day’. Lets not condemn something just because it doesn’t fit in with the ideal of American English.

  • I don’t like combine, because it’s too vague. I want to know exactly how I am supposed to combine things: mix them, beat them, whisk them, sift them together, fold them etc. Combine only tells half the story. There’s always a better verb.

    My special dislike is “I like to serve this with …” I hate it because it seems so fake and folksy. (As if the writer of the book were constantly dishing up, to their perfect family and sophisticated friends, some particular meal which just happened to be constructed out of various of the hundreds of recipes in that particular book!) Also because it smacks of the cult of the celebrity. As if I wanted a book in order to live my life like the author. “Me and Nigella, we both like to serve our chicken-fried chorizo with parsnip and artichoke croquettes.” Tell me by all means that something does or might taste good together, especially if it’s surprising. Or that some companion dish is classic. Or awful. But don’t tell me what you “like to serve”, as if I should care.

  • I agree with the majority of the people irritated by the new fangled somewhat presumptious or too cutesy labels coming forth. I don’t understand the reason behind nominating Pomegranate though.

    I used to feel gah about the fact some people use Savory as a label to mean “as opposed to Sweet tasting”.

    I use savory in roughly the same way I would use tasty, I may be wrong in so doing, but some “savory” labeled concoctions are just not tasty… But i don’t care anymore.

  • Tonights menu -Celebrity Chef inspired late harvest local pomegranate and veggie sammie that pops with a savory chipotle mayo. Enjoy!

  • While we’re on the subject, there is no such word at “heighth,” people! Stop using it. It’s just “height and width” not “heighth and width”. Stop it. Right now. I mean it.

    See, even the dictionary says so:
    heighth –noun a nonstandard spelling of height.

  • Um, David, when you say “Combine the oats and cranberries with your hands”, I get a terrible picture of a cook with bleeding wrist-stumps tossing detached hands with oats and cranberries, to what purpose I cannot imagine.

  • Response to:
    Wicked Good Dinner

    Very, very…funny.

  • It’s not really that serious, but I’m a linguist with a couple thoughts.

    (#1-dressing) Language doesn’t have to follow logic to convey meaning. (ex. Double negatives are the standard in Spanish- French too? So in no case does “No quiero ninguna naranja” really mean I DO want an orange) (#2-veggies) We shorten things all the time. (Television is only 2 syllables shorter than TV, but I doubt that bothers anyone.) By the way vegetables is usually pronounced in 3 syllables: veg-tuh-bulls
    (#3-Combine&#4-Sammies)Basically, no one person can control language, (and English doesn’t have an authority like the French Academy). It just has to work for communicating. And RR didn’t invent “Sammies” (#5-seasonal) This one is different. I don’t think it’s a lost cause. Lots of people still haven’t gotten the message. I’ve just recently begun trying to eat seasonally. The revolution is just starting in less cosmopolitan areas! Please just try to promote the idea with or without the word.

  • how about the word infused? Truffle-Infused French Onion soup. no? okay, I take that back. I guess it’s better than Truffle-Amalgamated French Onion Soup.

  • Okay, since we’re talking about food word peeves, I can’t figure out why the main dish in the U.S. is called the “entree.” The entree is the starter/appetizer by virtue of the word itself. And don’t get me started talking about an “appie” followed by an “entree.”

  • I’m from central Illinois, where stuffing and dressing are completely interchangeable terms. It’s a half northern, half southern area. Less/fewer and between/among have lost the grammatical battle. No one uses these terms correctly. I’ve solved the problem of being irritated by Rachel Ray’s word creations. I never watch her show. I can’t make myself do it.

  • One other comment: I read in this morning’s newspaper that Rachel Ray is going to be doing a new show, something like “Rachel On Vacation” in which she will travel the world, discovering new places and foods. Now none of you are safe. Gird your loins. And every other place.

  • pf: What’s wrong with ‘starters’ for the first course? It seems totally logical to me, and it mirrors the French usage of ‘entrées’ (which are not the main courses, whatever Americans might think).

    And moorish is a very commonly used word, I don’t think it’s recent, not particularly ‘cheffy’.

    I vote for over-use of the possessive:

    Steak haché avec ses frites.


  • While we’re on the subject, how about VERY unique??? By definition, it means it’s the only one. It either is, or it isn’t. It can’t be a little or very. I think there should be seminars on this subject. :)

  • And…
    Joanne, ‘savoury’ is the opposite of sweet as well having the alternative meaning of ‘tasty’.

    It’s very useful because I can’t think how else to phrase this:

    ‘we sell both sweet and savoury tarts’.

  • Can we not have a few lazy Australians painting all Australian gourmets’ as “aussie veggie snag n stubbie guzzlers” please? I swear I will shoot the next relative who says the word snag in my presence.
    I agree with foodie. Gourmand, Gourmet, Gastronome, we have an abundance of words to describe ‘food fanciers’ without resorting to adding ‘ie’ to the end a perfectly innocent word.

    Dressing is incorrect, regardless of what anyone says about regional differences. Its a regional difference for certain people to add “eh” to the end of every sentence, that doesn’t make it correct. Stuffing can be viewed as correct as it is intended to be stuffed regardless of whether it is or not. You cannot dress a bird with stuffing.

  • Hi Misty: The French (well…at least Parisians) got rid of some of that double-negative stuff, and you hear “C’est pas vrai” or “C’est pas grave” all the time…although as Claire pointed out, they can be extra-possessive: it’s really cute when French people say, in English, “The baguette, she is delicious!”

    Terry: Hmm, never thought of that. What about when the smallest size available is ‘medium‘, which implies ‘in the middle‘.

    I don’t understand how there can be a ‘medium’ size available without small and large bracketing it?

    Charles; Yikes, maybe I should have written “with a spoon”…

    pf: LOL-you hit almost all the bases.

    Linda: Maybe she’ll come here. We can go out for baguette sammies—although I doubt the French would include that work in their vocabulary.

    re: Pomegranites-I like them. I really do. But it’s funny how they’re the new wonder-fruit (especially in light of recent studies that show anti-oxidants don’t really do anything.) What are we going to do with all those ‘red bulbs’ after they’re no longer trendy?

  • Pudding is what you eat after main course, whether runny or not! In fact, the stodgier, spongier and the more covered in custard the better. (I’m British. Just in case that wasn’t clear).

  • doubleplusungood.

  • I say “starters” all the time in restaurant reviews to avoid the problem of French vs US “entrées,” which of course mean something entirely different. But maybe I will consider using “first course,” although it is two words instead of one!

    How I hate the word “veg” – as in the British “meat and three veg”. You just know that nothing called a “veg” can be appetizing!

  • anything that comes out of ray ray’s big mouth

  • All abbreviations and acronyms, starting with the obvious Ray-Ray contenders (yum-o, evoo etc., as fellow commentators have suggested). Let’s also ditch Cab[ernet] Sa[U]v[ignon], mayo[nnaise], etc.

  • “Pairing”, or “paired” as in “halibut paired with enoki mushrooms”


  • “Protein” used instead of “meat” or “fish” or “tofu” has become ubiquitous and unappetizing.

  • “Sustainable.” I’m all for the philosophy behind sustainability, but every time I hear that word I am a) also generally being clocked over the head with smugness and b) concerned that if this is so very trendy right now…well, trends end, and then what?

    Artisanal is another one.

    I don’t like the word “foodie” as a word, but I think it’s now describing something specific that other options don’t quite cover. It’s more than just a person who appreciates food, to me, it’s a person who self-identifies as a person who appreciates food and sort of builds this persona around it. Like the fact that the word is kind of irritating makes it like even more descriptive of the kind of person I’m usually thinking of when I think “foodie.”

    And I can’t think of any single word to some this up but what I’d like to see extinguished in the new year is what I’ve been calling the fanboy elitism around food right now. Somehow it’s like food is the new indie rock or something, and only if you’re making foam at home and buying whole pigs on which to practice your charcuterie do you have any street cred.

  • Er – “sum” this up.

  • 1) Quality (adj.)
    While my upper lip longs to curl into a sneer whenever I hear someone modify nouns with this noun, I especially dislike hearing it uttered directly before “ingredient(s)” or the name of a specified food.

    2) Natural
    Raises suspicions, especially when we’re talking processed, packaged foods with natural ingredients. Not the same thing, but General Mills touts many of its products as healthful because they’re made with whole grains, yet when you read information on the side of the box, you learn there’s virtually no fiber. Does that mean the corporation started with whole grains yet refined them to death, stripping them of their nutritional value?

    3) Carbon Footprint
    Now that there’s backlash directed at Michael Pollan’s admirable book, I’m still on his side and hope that after all the detraction, the crazy practices of shipping foods back and forth across the world to cut costs on processing and distribution will be severely curtailed. I guess I don’t like any of the catchy phrases that evolve to support a cause because they are vulnerable to derision and end up sounding So Last Year so quickly. FYI: Wasn’t the word “sustainable” the bee in Pollan’s bonnet in his most recent article in the NYTs?

    * * *
    SEASONAL: Gotta defend it. I got sick of “local” real fast, especially as in “locally sourced”. And I’m a regular volunteer at my (sigh) local farmer’s market. Menus that list the farms that surrender their heirloom Purple Cherokee tomatoes for your dining pleasure are just a bit too precious.

    Yet, I don’t hear the word “seasonal” enough. It saddens me, in fact, that locavores made their case so well that the non-foodie public focuses its attention on what it might view as oddly obsessed elitists while still buying “heirloom” tomatoes shipped across the country for salad on Christmas Eve. Because they only shop at supermarkets, they don’t see the difference between the big, cottony, white & hollow-centered strawberries shipped by Driscoll’s in June and the ones that come from Mexica or Chile in the winter.

    As much as the concept of eating seasonally goes hand in hand with buying locally grown food, too few people are aware of the seasons in which certain foods are naturally (;)) at their prime.

  • Leslie: I made peace with the word ‘foodie’ since it’s now used more tongue-in-cheek than it used to be. But what’s with all that hyper-testosterone cooking?

    Elizabeth: I use the word ‘quality’ when suggesting that people use a top-notch ingredient. For example, I’ll say, “Best quality chocolate chips” to refer to something other than one particular brand of semisweet chocolate morsels (which aren’t bad, actually…but you get the idea.)

    But that ‘whole grains’ thing, like whole-grain Fruit Loops, is pretty amusing. As if eating Trix is going to be good for you. Shredded Wheat rocks! Although I confess to liking the frosted mini-wheats too. : 0

  • Wow! So many comments and great ones on a fantastic post that really gets to the point. My pet hates:
    – pan-fry or pan-fried (where else can you fry things – in a teapot?)
    – drizzle (of evoo, just to “pair” them – for whoever it was that objected (rightly) to paired halibut!)
    – names of dishes with a million (or so it seems) words – do you really have to say every ingredient that went into the dish?!

  • Thank you!!! Veggie has bugged me for years!! I only dont mind it when put with burger, but when someone offers to bring a veggie tray I shudder! :)………. And this may seem like a small thing but I dislike hearing “your” when a TV cook is adding ingredients. “Then you had your vanilla”…Technically I guess it is _mine_ since _I_ bought it at the store, but I would rather they say “the” instead………..Also, David, we have been making Chocolate-Almond Buttercruch Toffee for gifts and I’ve had nothing but rave reviews! I lost a good recipe I had years ago and have been trying lots of others with minimal success. What a treat to find yours! I knew it would be good and was not disappointed! Thank you! :)

  • Fusion. I hate that term. It’s overused… Asian, Thai.. I’m waiting for a BBQ Fusion place to open locally.

  • Ugh, the “sammies” thing has been bugging me ever since I first heard it. It’s now pervaded American culture to the extent that I see it on menus and in cookbooks by folks other than Rachel Ray.

    It’s like nails on a blackboard.

  • “Dressing” is basically a southern colloquialism. :) So, it’s best to not take it too literally.

  • Hey lets go make some veggie sammies and combine some of the seasonal dressing with it. Sounds yummy!

  • If any decides to call Kraft about their crappy stuffung, please tell them NO MORE MELTY.

  • I agree wholeheartedly with most of the evictions, except for the fact that I interchange “stuffing” and “dressing” so often that I honestly can’t remember which one I think is correct! However; anyone who is a public chef MUST make sure he/she is pronouncing words correctly. Pet peeves are “vinegar-ette” and “papa-rika.” Alton Brown is notorious for his mispronunciations as well as faulty factoids. Please, folks, don’t lead us astray while claiming to educate us.

  • Lovely hot baked bread. I hate lovely for obvious reasons, but the hot in that sentence makes me want to scream!

  • Baking hot bread! It would be difficult to bake a cold variety.

  • Puck. I see this in reviews all the time. I don’t want to eat a puck of anything.

  • My sister’s partner just schooled me on the difference between dressing and stuffing this last Thanksgiving. Apparently (in Texas at least) dressing is cooked outside the bird while stuffing is put into the bird. So technically there is a difference – who knew? How Rachel Ray manages to still have all of fingers is a question I’d like answered. Have you ever watched her cut vegetables? I cringe every time. But you know, Webster’s included EVOO in the dictionary. What’s next – Emril’s “bam, bam”? Bisous, Ms. Glaze

  • OK, I may be the only food blogger on the planet who doesn’t know what “Sammie” means. Seriously. I have never seen more than 5 minutes of Rachel Ray’s cooking show, and that was at the gym, where I only saw her on the screen but didn’t hear her. Based upon some of the comments I’ve read above, it seems that’s the way some other people might want to watch her show in the future.

    And here, here, for “stuffing.”

  • Here’s one RayRayism that needs to be snuffed out immediately.

    America runs on Dunkin.

    If it’s true, Canada will be able to kick our butts if we ever go to war.

  • Ah! The perfect ‘seasonal’ post (excuse the droll humour). Instead of promoting love and tolerence, let’s encourage hate and intolerence! Personally, I rejoice in the variety and regionality of the English language, as I do in the variety and regionality of food! A perfect marriage!

    Merry Christmas David, and to all :)

  • I agree with just about everything everyone has written. The worst for me is the “evoo” BECAUSE Ray then goes on to say what it is.

    “evoo–extra virgin olive oil…”

    Every time.

    It’s that way in her cookbooks, too.

    Redundant. Stupid. Insulting to viewers and readers. NOT cute.

  • Oh my, how I agree with you, MAS!
    my hubby is about to declare ME redundant because I complain about this so often. Is an abbreviation really an abbreviation if it makes the experience longer?

  • Re: an earlier comment: The chain selling “sammies” is Quiznos, a chain I used to love dearly over places like Subway, Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse (a sub shop found in the American South). Until they started selling $2 “sammies.” The thought of those commercials drives me mad.

    I’m with everyone that hates any of Rachael Ray’s “invented” words. I’d like to add one, though, from her talk show: “basil confetti” for chiffonade, because chiffonade sounds like a “mean” word. Words cannot express how much I want to choke her for “inventing” that phrase.

  • Yes!!! I agree with you on ALL of these, especially “veggies” and “dressing”. Ugh. Just ugh. Hopefully the rest of the culinary world will see the light soon. ;-)

  • Amen on veggies, but I wouldn’t touch the word dressing–you’re only showing what a Yank you are. ;)

    Adding: Meltingly tender, tasty treats, divine, delectable, sumptuous… I could just keep going and going, but I’m likely guilty of all of these, despite finding them cringe-worthy.

  • unctuous – i hate that word. makes my skin crawl…

  • A little off topic but how about Pointseteeea, I was so happy the other day when someone else pointed out that pronunciation makes her cringe, I thought it was just my lack of sophistication.

  • Actually the term “dressing” comes from the Victorians who felt that the word “stuffing” was too graphic.

    One thing that make me nuts is people who use false Italian pronunciation in the NYC area. You will often hear people say “gallamar” which is calamari, “brushut” which prosciutto, “manicot” which is manicotti, mootzrell for mozzarella and “ricott” for ricotta.

    The correct Italian pronunciation is completely phonetic, You say every letter.

  • “scented”, as in lavender-scented shortbread


  • David, delurking here to say I endorse your vocabulary pet peeves. I would like to encourage foodies to pronounce the word “artisanal” correctly: artis-an-al. It hurts my ears to hear the word pronounced artis-in-al or artees-in-al�who started this?

  • I’m surprised no one has brought up the classic song “tomatoes, tomahtoes, potatoes, potahtoes…let’s call the whole thing off.” An important discussion, but some things transcend logic. I will, however, add the term “nazi” as in food nazi; and far afield, “free gift.” UGH!

  • Artis-an-al no matter how one pronounces it has got to go!

    Gotta keep tubesteak though.

  • Merry Christmas, David! I attended your ice cream class at Central Market in Dallas. Hate to say it, but my cornbread dressing is in the oven right now! My Alabama relatives always said Yankees served stuffing…

    Happy 2008!


  • Veggie, as in “ich bin ein Veggie”.

  • I love “combine”. It assumes you know what you’re doing, no further instructions necessary.

  • I have to agree with all of the (non-cute) RRay words, they make me crazy. But so does “money” to describe good food, so does, in fact, almost every catch phrase that comes out of the “Food Network”. So I will sum it up…the word I hate most is “Food Network”!

  • Riff. I cannot stand that word used in context with food. I also hate unctuous, sammies, seasonal (tho I’m guilty of using it) and locavore. Argghhhh!