Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…can you give me a “whoop whoop?” I am not hosting and am feeling quite relaxed. So relaxed that I spent part of yesterday putting up Christmas lights. It was 60 degrees, it seemed like the smart thing to do.
I found this interesting article, “The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State,” in the New York Times that I thought I would share with you. It lists the top ten most googled Thanksgiving recipes in every state (that’s the easy explanation of the results, read the article for a more detailed explanation). I am going to say up-front, there were some weird entries. Let’s go through it, state-by-state:
Alabama: Sweet potato dumplings. Right now I am just waiting (fingers-crossed) for Alabama to lose a football game and tumble out of the top 4 college football playoff teams. I could care less what they are having for Thanksgiving. Go Frogs!
Alaska: Cranberry Relish. Thanksgiving 101. It’s a state full of men who probably don’t know how to cook.
Arizona: Turkey Enchiladas. Sounds good to me. But more interesting is that the 2nd most googled Thanksgiving recipe is Rice Krispie treats. Rice Krispie treats for Thanksgiving? That just makes me laugh.
Arkansas: Four Layer Delight. This is the first of many dessert-like entries on the 50 states’ list. At least this one doesn’t pretend to be a salad (see Colorado, Delaware, Illinois and others). Apparently Four Layer Delight involves cookies, Cool-Whip, chocolate pudding (and then more Cool-Whip). Can you say diabetic coma?
California: Persimmon Bread. I find it interesting that in the NY Times article the California entry is followed by a discussion of yams and how California is a big producer of them. That’s great, but what does that have to do with persimmon bread? A persimmon is a fruit, it is not a yam. I have never had a persimmon and have certainly never cooked with one.
Colorado: Frog Eye Salad. No, I did not make that up. The name sounds disgusting. The recipe sounds even worse…pasta, fruit, eggs, whipped cream and marshmallows. And Colorado isn’t the only one googling frog eye salad, see below.
Connecticut: Butternut Squash Casserole. Sounds boring until I googled it and found a recipe that includes leeks, thyme, bread, parmesan and prosciutto. Now I’m paying attention.
Delaware: Pretzel Salad. Dessert disguised as “salad.” Involves a pretzel crust, strawberries, jello and the ubiquitous (or so it seems at Thanksgiving) Cool-Whip.
Florida: flan de calabaza. Runner up is flan de queso. A reflection of the large Latino population. Calabaza is a type of squash that looks a lot like a pumpkin. Personally, I hate flan…sue me.
Georgia: Key Lime Cake. Whoa! Now I’m paying attention. Key lime pie is divine, key lime cake is a must try. Thank you, Georgia.
Hawaii: Pumpkin Crunch. Definitely surprised by how un-Hawaiian this sounds ~ every other state is googling things that involve pineapple & coconut. Must have some “sister-state” Thanksgiving-recipe-swap-thing going on with Illinois.
Idaho: Frog Eye Salad. Yes, again. Unbelievable. Everything else on their top ten most searched recipes sounds remarkably normal (dutch apple pie, turkey pot pie, pumpkin bars, turkey brine, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin pie, spinach dip, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin roll).
Illinois: Hawaiian Salad. See Hawaii.
Indiana: Persimmon Pudding. Okay, second entry involving persimmons. Am I the only one who has not only never had persimmon anything, but has never even considered using a persimmon? Who knew they were so popular? The recipe I linked to is called “boozy persimmon pudding.” If I’m going to try persimmons, that seems like a good place to start.
Iowa: Snicker Apple Salad. Okay, the whole salad thing is just getting completely bastardized. Pudding, apples, snickers bars and…you guessed it, Cool-Whip.
Kansas: Cream Cheese Corn. When I looked this up it was basically corn and cream cheese mixed together with a little butter thrown in for some “healthy fats.” :D
Kentucky: Chess Bars. I think this is a Southern thing. Seems to involve cake mix, cream cheese, eggs and confectioner’s sugar. Oh, and some butter.
Louisiana: Mirliton Casserole. Kudos to Louisiana for topping their search with something that doesn’t involve Cool-Whip. What it does involve is shrimp, mirlitons (a kind of squash, often called chayote) and some cajun spices. Sounds pretty good to me.
Maine: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. I have to admit to having made these before. One word. Yum. The whoopie pie is a New England thing, a bandwagon I am happy to jump on.
Maryland: Sauerkraut. I am nominating Maryland for worst “most searched Thanksgiving recipe.” Seriously, sauerkraut?
Massachusetts: Mashed Butternut Squash. Yes, we are home to Harvard, MIT, Williams College, Amherst, Wellesley and on and on…yet we google “mashed butternut squash.” Do we really need a “recipe” for it?
Michigan: Cheesy Potatoes. I am from Michigan. I can say I have never had cheesy potatoes at Thanksgiving (and if I did, I would have called them au gratin potatoes, but whatever).
Minnesota: Wild Rice Casserole. Makes sense I guess as I think most of the wild rice (which we do all know isn’t really “rice,” right?) is grown in Minnesota. I am linking to a recipe that adds kale, mushrooms, onions and Gruyère cheese. I am adding this to my Pinterest page.
Mississippi: Asparagus Casserole. Seems to be green bean casserole, substituting asparagus (and adding some cheese, because you know, vegetables without cheese just doesn’t cut it).
Missouri: Green Rice Casserole. The NY Times says this involves rice, cheese, parsley & pepper. The recipe I found when I googled it called for broccoli, rice, cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta (do they still make Velveeta?), which isn’t really cheese.
Montana: Fruit Salad. This falls in the same category as Massachusetts. Really, who needs to google how to make fruit salad? I’m not even providing a link it is that ridiculous. At least it doesn’t involve Cool-Whip. Or Velveeta.
Nebraska: Snicker Salad. Nebraska, Iowa beat you to it.
Nevada: Frog Eye Salad. The third most searched recipe was “vegetarian gravy.” Which just seems to be the opposite of frog eye salad. Will they be at the same table?
New Hampshire: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. New Hampshire must love pie. Of the top ten most searched recipes in New Hampshire, 5 were for pies. And that doesn’t include whoopie pies and turkey pot pie.
New Jersey: Stuffed Artichokes. New Jersey, I commend you on your entry. But personally I think artichokes are better ordered at a restaurant. They just seem very high maintenance to me. Who really has the time at Thanksgiving to make stuffed artichokes? Much easier to throw together some candy bars, Cool-Whip and pudding and call it a salad.
New Mexico: Pumpkin Roll. No snarky comments here. Roll pumpkin cake around a cream cheese frosting? Yes please.
New York: Stuffed Artichokes. So New Jersey. More interesting is the 3rd entry, “coquito” a version of eggnog that includes cream of coconut.
North Carolina: Pig Pickin’ Cake. I have no idea where the name comes from but it does sound very southern (and not particularly appetizing). Basically cake with mandarin oranges, pineapple and Cool-Whip. Thanksgiving is apparently not Thanksgiving without Cool-Whip. The second most googled recipe in North Caroline is “cherry yum yum.” Where do they get these names?
North Dakota: Cookie Salad. I am going to let you guess what is in this. Just make sure nothing even remotely healthy is in it or you would be wrong. And yes, Cool-Whip is involved.
Ohio: Dirt Pudding. Same thing, called by another name…pudding, cookies and Cool-Whip. So unimaginative. Except for the gummy worms some versions add. So Thanksgiving.
Oklahoma: Sopapilla Cheesecake. Just when I was about to fall asleep, Oklahoma shows up with sopapilla cheesecake. Except that it isn’t cheesecake, not even close. It looks more like bread and involves crescent rolls and lots of sugar. Maybe Oklahoma should google “cheesecake.”
Oregon: Vegan Mushroom Gravy. Leave it to Oregon to switch things up. In their top ten most googled recipes, four involve “vegan.” And none of their top ten involves Cool-Whip.
Pennsylvania: Potato Filling. Or for those not from Pennsylvania, “potato stuffing.” Personally I prefer my potatoes mashed.
Puerto Rico: Tembleque. Yeah, I know Puerto Rico isn’t one of the 50 states, but it’s on the NY Times list, so here it is. Plus their entry is unique. Tembleque is apparently a kind of coconut pudding. Kudos to Puerto Rico for also having sangria make their top ten most googled recipes.
Rhode Island: Chocolate Cream Pie. Chocolate overload. The linked recipe calls for whipping cream but I am sure many (most?) substitute Cool-Whip (personally, I hate Cool-Whip…much prefer real whipped cream).
South Carolina: Pineapple Casserole. We sure seem to have an obsession with pineapple and mandarin oranges at Thanksgiving…you know, just like the Pilgrims & Indians, don’t you think? This recipe calls for pineapple and cheese…sounds like a weird combo to me.
South Dakota: Snicker Salad. Another state obsessed with candy bars in their “salad.”
Tennessee: Spinach Maria. Basically spinach with lots and lots of cheese. The American obsession with taking something healthy and doing their best to make it not so healthy.
Texas: Sopapilla Cheesecake. See Oklahoma. Personally I was more intrigued with the “green bean bundles” further down on their list, which seems to be green beans wrapped with a bit of bacon. Yum.
Utah: Funeral Potatoes. I got a recipe for this a long time ago from a friend who called it “party potatoes.” So much happier than “funeral” potatoes. I don’t make these at Thanksgiving, but they are good and they can feed a crowd.
Vermont: Maple Walnut Pie. It’s Vermont, what did you expect? They also google “maple glazed carrots” and “maple pecan pie.”
Virginia: Collard Greens. Greens with a bit of ham and some spices. Sounds good to me.
Washington: Smoked Salmon Dip. I was more intrigued with the “lefse” further down their list. Turns out it is a kind of Norwegian potato pancake.
Washington D.C.: Corn Pudding. (Washington D.C. is also technically not a state, but whatever, we will let them play). Cornbread, whole kernel corn and creamed corn all in one dish.
West Virgina: Deer Jerky. Most unexpected “Thanksgiving” recipe entry. I am sure my brother is making some of this right about now (even though he doesn’t live in West Virginia).
Wisconsin: Brownberry Stuffing. I was disappointed to learn that Brownberry is a brand. So “Brownberry stuffing” could also be “Pepperidge Farm stuffing.” It’s your basic stuffing as far as I can tell.
Wyoming: Frog Eye Salad. Yes, we finish up the list with another frog eye salad entry. Apparently the most googled recipe in the United States as it tops the list for four states. Gross.
So there you have it…just a bit of fun diversion from the tasks associated with Thanksgiving preparation. Maybe a few new recipes to try, if not tomorrow, then sometime in the future. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, see you next week!