Italian Sausage and Bread StuffingWe recently decided to settle an internal debate about whether the essential Thanksgiving side dish was called "stuffing" or "dressing" by most people. Being logical, my colleagues reminded me that if it's cooked alongside the bird, it's technically called "dressing," and if it's cooked inside the bird, it would be called "stuffing." Being a gigantic nerd, my first thought was, "I know! I'm going to look at a big spreadsheet full of data!"
The data in question was internal search data for the months of October and November this year and last year: peak Thanksgiving search season for "stuffing," "dressing," and related terms. Here's what I found:
1. "Dressing" as a search term is almost exclusively Southern. In two years of peak-season search queries, only one state north of the Mason Dixon was home to any cooks searching for "dressing." Guess which state? Hint: Starts with I, ends with "owa." Who knew.
2. Southerners who are looking for "dressing" know