[Sca-cooks] Sauce?

Elise Fleming alysk at ix.netcom.com
Tue Oct 9 06:15:40 PDT 2012

Greetings!  Have you ever heard of a side dish called "long sauce" or 
"short sauce" as described in the snippet below?

There is another interesting little angle to this word-evolution story. 
Early English colonists to the Americas took with them their word 
‘sauce’ for vegetables, and as so often happens with words, this usage 
persisted in the new country after it had virtually died out in the old. 
In some parts of the USA until well into the nineteeth century, (and 
perhaps even still?) one could order side dishes of ‘long sauce’ 
(carrots, parsnips, beets), or ‘short sauce’ (potatoes, turnips, 
onions.) The OED acknowledges this usage, too:

"Chiefly U.S. Vegetables or fruits, fresh or preserved, taken as part of 
a meal, or as a relish. Often = Salad."

I've never encountered it and wondered if it might be a regional expression.

Alys K.
Elise Fleming
alysk at ix.netcom.com
alyskatharine at gmail.com

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