Stove Top Stuffing Report: It’s The UnPotato, & You CAN Help!

2011 April 18

This is your Stove Top Stuffing Team: ‘View from the Tabletop’ reporting from Southern Oregon.
Here on the dry side of the Cascades there seems to be a shortage of creative dishes served at family gatherings, church potlucks and even the poor folks at funerals.

  • How can this be?
  • How did it happen?
  • Is America in jeopardy of falling behind foreign competitors in the dinner side dish dash?

We’re doing our best investigative journalism to get to the bottom of the pot-luck dish doldrums. We went straight to the trenches and interviewed 3 moms who are on the frontlines of this vicious cycle of boring side dishes.

First we spoke to “Donna”, a 38 year old mother of 3, (she asked that her name be changed).

“I was taught as a young girl that when asked to bring a side dish to a funeral the only proper option was ‘funeral potatoes’.  That’s it. A whole row of glass dishes filled with nothing but taters. First of all, just the name alone is terrible. When you’re at a funeral the last thing you want to eat is funeral potatoes! And isn’t America in the middle of an obesity crisis? Have you checked out the ingredients in a serving of funeral potatoes? Please don’t tell my mother but the next dish I take to a funeral luncheon will NOT be a potato dish.”

Next we spotted Bobby P. relaxing at a town park with a gathering of friends eating a pot luck style dinner. Sarah is 28 and recently graduated from the local technical college.

“I didn’t know what to bring. I stopped at the local grocery deli and bought a giant tub of potato salad. And there it sits all sad on the edge of the table. (I wish someone would put it out of it’s misery.) There’s a spoon sticking out as if someone thought about dishing it up, realized it had congealed to a single gloppy mass and left the spoon standing sentinel, guarding others from attempting the same mistake. But what can I do? I need ideas. I’m busy, I work all day and I don’t have time for a 2 hour prep to make a dish.”

Our last interview took place inside Rita L.’s home. Rita has been married for 52 years and she has 4 grown children.

“It’s just the two of us now. Most meals don’t even seem worth the effort. We each have dietary restrictions. My husband Jim has to watch his salt and cholesterol and I’m trying to lose weight. The problem is Jim believes he needs the EXACT SAME Sunday meal week after week! I can’t even tell you how tired I am of roast and potatoes week after week! A girl can only take so much. That’s over 2700 Sundays! People, I need help. I need MARRIAGE THERAPY!”

And there you have it folks, moms are bored, tired, and simply cranky. They need a fresh approach to side dishes.

Do you have alternatives for the pot luck potato doldrums? Are you willing to help these women and moms save their sanity (and perhaps Rita’s marriage)? Please, share your best ideas and side dish discoveries with the Stove Top Stuffing, ‘view from the tabletop’ team of reporters.

***BREAKING NEWS***

STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix is so “un-boring” it’s the “un-potato!”

The next time you see a creative side dish, a Stove Top Stuffing casserole or ANY side dish that skips the same boring mash, help a mom out, submit your idea right here in the ‘Tabletop Comments’. Because this is the #unpotatofest.

“Signing off from the stuffing report. Keep your eye on the crumbs!”

Stove Top is the Unpotato.
Check out more on this breaking story on the Stove Top Facebook page.

Disclaimer: the stuffing reporter is really me.. and one of the interviewees may or may not be my own experience. Do NOT tell my mother. This report has been sponsored by Technorati. They had no way of knowing how tired I am of funeral potatoes. And that’s the truth.

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5 Responses
  1. April 19, 2011

    I always forget about using this as a side dish. Thanks for the easy, quick reminder!
    Twitter: 7clowncircus

    • April 19, 2011

      I totally went out and bought the corn bread type to try in the meatloaf idea!
      Who knew?? 🙂

  2. April 19, 2011

    I’m thinking it might do something to improve that alligator you tried!

    • April 20, 2011

      SRSLY!!! I also tasted Crawfish while in NOLA.. And both were fine.
      Although I don’t think I’d add stuffing to the Beignets, they were perfect! 🙂

  3. April 24, 2011

    Oh Carissa, I dont visit your site nearly enough and I apologize, I’m going to start now. THis post made me chuckle to myself. I love your writing style. 🙂 I have a secret… side dishes are sometimes my favorite part of the meal hehehehe.

    🙂

    Happy Easter sunshine! <3
    Twitter: abitnerdy

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