In this topic on sweet potato salad, Jaymes said (about mayonnaise):
Regardless, in the US south, most good cooks that I know use Duke's anyway. If you live in a region where it's sold, and you haven't tried it, you should.
I have to disagree: while some cooks here in Atlanta use it, most that I know prefer Hellman's. I certainly do. Duke's is oddly sweet -- halfway to Miracle Whip, in my opinion -- and I can pick it out immediately in things like tuna or potato salad when it's used. If I were faced with the choice of Duke's or nothing on a sandwich, I think I'd have to choose the latter.
Am I missing something? Do people really like Duke's? Are there other brands worth trying?
Well, you can say that you don't like Duke's, don't use it, and don't know anyone that does (although if you're "picking it out...in tuna or potato salad," someone
that you know must be using it).
But regardless as to whether or not you like it, I don't think you can "disagree" with MY statement, which was, that "in the US south, most good cooks that I know use Duke's."
Which is a statement of fact.
Unless you and I know all the exact same people.
I don't know how deep your southern roots go (maybe you just have Yankee taste buds
), but I come from a long line of good southern cooks, including my grandmother, who was a legendary southern cook, and who owned a locally-famous home-cooking restaurant, and my sister, who has lived in Atlanta for some four decades. I have friends and relatives all over the south, and I myself have lived in various locations throughout the south for many years.
I didn't say that absolutely everybody in the south prefers Duke's. That would be silly. Of course, there are always going to be personal likes and dislikes.
But I will repeat what I did say: "In the US south, most good cooks that I know use Duke's anyway."
And they do.
Edited by Jaymes, 24 May 2012 - 03:49 PM.