571: Salad Dressing Names

Let’s start with salad, specifically salad dressing, even more specifically salad dressing names.

We’ll start with the king of salad dressings in the United States: ranch.

Ranch dressing was first created in 1954 by Steve Henson, who owned a dude ranch called Hidden Valley Ranch, near Santa Barbara, California. His customers liked the dressing so much that Henson started selling packets of dried mix so they could have it at home. Bottled, prepared ranch dressing was introduced in 1983.

Thousand Island dressing’s origin story is not as clear, although it’s name refers to the Thousand Island region of New York and Ontario in the St. Lawrence River. One story says the dressing was invented by a fisherman’s wife. Another says it was created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York and named after the region where the hotel’s owner spent his summers. Another story says it was simply based on the already existing French dressing.

Speaking of French dressing, it’s not French. The ketchup, probably should have given that one away. Same thing, ketchup and all, goes for Russian dressing. Italian dressing, which doesn’t feature ketchup, is an American version of the classic vinaigrette.

Green goddess dressing, was likely created in San Francisco in the 1920s as a tribute to a play of the same name.

Our question, how many islands make up the Thousand Islands?


Today is National Science Day in the United States. Thursday is National Wedding Planning Day. Friday is Employee Appreciation Day. Saturday is National Mulled Wine Day, and Sunday is National Grammar Day.

It’s the birthday of architect Frank Gehry, who turns 89; Thursday is the 91st birthday of entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. Saturday is the birthday of author Dr. Seuss, who was born in 1904; and Sunday is the 56th birthday of athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Now, we’ll spin the wheel to pick a year at random.

This week in 1967, the top song in the U.S. was “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees.

The No. 1 movie of 1967 was “The Graduate,” while the novel “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” by Robert Crichton topped the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Before the break we asked: What is the total number of islands in The Thousand Islands?

The answer is 1,864.

Now for the answer to last week’s question, which was: Which two Winter Olympic events debuted at the Summer Olympics?

The answer is figure skating and ice hockey.

The first person to submit a correct answer was Doug Button.

This week’s question: What company manufactures Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing?

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