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With Thanksgiving looming, cooks across the country are rifling through their recipe boxes, cookbooks and trendy magazines for a menu that will make their guests want to come back for second helpings. A new analysis based on Google search terms can help cooks across the country plan menus that guests — or at least the cooks — will like.
You may beg to differ with the analysis, put together by the House Method blog. Some of the recipes are tried and true Thanksgiving favorites. Others may leave you wondering.
In several states, roasted turkey and dressing were popular.
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, long a staple on the Thanksgiving table, was a popular search, along with casserole dishes made with corn, sweet potatoes and yams. People also looked for deviled egg recipes in several states as well as the old, apparently not-so-simple, honey-baked ham.
People in a half-dozen states searched for salad. Lest you ask who eats salad on Thanksgiving, the holiday that starts a month-long gorge-fest for many Americans, we remind you that salad isn’t just lettuce-based with a low-calorie vinaigrette dressing. Lots of them have mayonnaise, whipped cream, cream cheese and other calorie-heavy ingredients.
Sounds a lot like Easter candy.
It appears pumpkin pie will make it to many Thanksgiving tables. It was the top search in 15 states. People also searched for pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin chocolate-chip cookie recipes. Serving pumpkin dishes has been a tradition since early American colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving. In Colonial days, the dish was more likely to be a soup served in a pumpkin.
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Brownies were a close second to pumpkin pie as the top search in 14 states. Cooks in a half-dozen states most often looked for pecan pie recipes. Sweet potato pie and apple fritter recipes were also popular searches.
Here's a breakdown by state:
|STATE||SAVORY RECIPE||DESSERT RECIPE|
|Alabama||Sweet Potato Casserole||Pecan Pie|
|Colorado||Mashed Potatoes||Pumpkin Pie|
|Connecticut||Roasted Turkey||Apple Fritters|
|Delaware||Roasted Turkey||Pumpkin Cheesecake|
|District of Columbia||Salad||Brownies|
|Florida||Roasted Turkey||Pumpkin Cheesecake|
|Georgia||Honey-Baked Ham||Sweet Potato Pie|
|Idaho||Green Bean Casserole||Pumpkin Cheesecake|
|Kansas||Green Bean Casserole||Pumpkin Pie|
|Kentucky||Deep Fried Turkey||Apple Fritters|
|Maine||Roasted Carrots||Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies|
|Maryland||Roasted Turkey||Sweet Potato Pie|
|Missouri||Green Bean Casserole||Pumpkin Pie|
|Montana||Mashed Potatoes||Pumpkin Pie|
|New Hampshire||Roasted Carrots||Apple Fritters|
|New Jersey||Roasted Turkey||Brownies|
|New Mexico||Green Bean Casserole||Pumpkin Pie|
|North Carolina||Sweet Potato Casserole||Sweet Potato Pie|
|North Dakota||Scalloped Potatoes||Pumpkin Pie|
|Oklahoma||Deviled Eggs||Apple Fritters|
|Oregon||Mashed Potatoes||Pumpkin Pie|
|Rhode Island||Roasted Turkey||Brownies|
|South Carolina||Dressing||Sweet Potato Pie|
|South Dakota||Deviled Eggs||Pumpkin Pie|
|Tennessee||Sweet Potato Casserole||Pecan Pie|
|Washington||Turkey Gravy||Pumpkin Pie|
|West Virginia||Deviled Eggs||Pumpkin Pie|
|Wisconsin||Green Bean Casserole||Pumpkin Pie|
|Wyoming||Deviled Eggs||Pumpkin Pie|
|Source: House Method|
Bon appetit. And happy Thanksgiving.
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