Thursday, June 9, 2011
Dressing on the side? Not so fast buddy.
It's a godsend, right? Well, maybe.
In the restaurant trade, this item is apparently known as a sauce cup, a souffle cup or a portion cup. I like the latter term because portion control is what so many of us lack. Our well-intended salads mutate to mock us: "Oh sure, you ordered a salad! But will you LOOK at the high-fat dressing that's on it?" OK, busted.
That's where that little cup comes in. We pick it up, pour it on, smug that we are in control of our cellulite.
I found black ones, white ones, clear ones, polystyrene ones, stainless steel ones and ceramic ones. I found them in sizes ranging from 3/4 ounces to 3 1/4 ounces. The size I regarded as the most common turned out to contain 2 ounces in plastic but 2.5 ounces in stainless steel. But they looked the same to me.
Plus, that 2-2.5 ounce cup isn't what you want anyway. Look on the side of that dressing bottle, my friend: the nutritional information calls for a 2 tablespoon serving -- which is 1 ounce.
That's a double portion pointed right at your hips.
Defend yourself. Ask for a tablespoon and drip it on gingerly. It may not be as accurate as the tablespoon measure in your kitchen, but it's also unlikely to be a double shot.
Oh, and if the dressing comes in one of those little silver gravy boats, run. Immediately.