Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing Tale-Teller: Minnie Gail (Mena) Sprague

The Local Farey Tale of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

8 oz “beginner size” bottle of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

Episode 4 pays tribute to one of my homestate’s favorite local fare: Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing.

I haven’t lived in Nebraska for over a decade but assembling this episode definitely brought back memories of visiting or passing through many of the towns mentioned…and of course having Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing readily available. Like many of the Tale-Tellers in this episode I didn’t immediately realize why so many restaurants didn’t have Dorothy Lynch when my Dad would request it (and then get a bit irritated when they suggested French Dressing as an alternative). I just figured these restaurants were either out of the dressing because it was so popular or oddly chose not to carry it. As I grew older, I realized how unique Dorothy Lynch was to the state and how amazing it was when restaurants and stores actually did carry it in and outside of the state. It’s kept going all these years based on it’s taste/reputation and whether you’re a Nebraskan or not, there will definitely be some unique tales to uncover about the person, Dorothy Lynch and her namesake dressing in this episode. You can listen to it here.

And keep an eye on the “Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing Tale-Teller” posts! Mena Sprague kindly shared some family photos that include a youngster Dorothy and I’m excited to share them with you.

Note: The photo is of a bottle of Dorothy Lynch that I won during a drawing at Nebraska Coast Connection. While I was tempted to keep it for myself, I decided to send it (and a branded magnet clip) to my now retired-to-South Carolina Dad. As seen in the photo below…I think he was pleased. 🙂

Photo provided by Rosalie Vetter

Listen: The Local Farey Tale of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

Episode Notes:

The Local Farey Tale of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing is told in 4 chapters (averaging 10 minutes each) bottling the voices together of the following Tale-Tellers… Marilea Hull (Tasty-Toppings), Dave Korger (Tasty-Toppings), Monty Lynch (Grandson of Dorothy Lynch and Son of Neal Lynch), Cheri Schrader (Platte County Museum), Mena Sprague (Mother was first cousins with Dorothy Lynch) and Tiffany Stoiber (GROW Nebraska)

Find out more: Dorothy Lynch recipe ideas, Nebraska Sunrise cocktail recipe, Favorite Recipes of Dorothy Lynch and Her Daughter Sally Cookbook, Howard County Historical Society (St. Paul), Gordon “Mac” Hull, Dusters Restaurant, Buy Nebraska, Bruce Bartlett, Cornhusker Ordnance Plant,

Credits: Music by Anisha Thomas, Artwork by Jonathan Reich, Narrator, Concept, Production and Editing by Nora Vetter

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At the St. Paul, Nebraska Legion Club people got their first taste of Dorothy Lynch’s Home Style Dressing.
1955 article about the early days of selling the dressing.