Google reveals which Thanksgiving recipes are popular in your state

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If you’re looking for last-minute Thanksgiving ideas, you’re not alone.

Google has released top Thanksgiving-related searches for the past week, showing that people are not only interested in remembering the date of Thanksgiving (it’s this Thursday, by the way), but are also looking for recipes from the latest minute.

It turns out – according to Google data – that not everyone plans to make the same kinds of recipes. The company identified regional specialties and created a map with the most sought-after type of stuffing (or dressing, if that’s what you call it) in each state.

While Texans are looking for cornbread dressing, New Yorkers are looking for sausage stuffing recipes, and people in Washington state are looking for apple stuffing. Meanwhile, Oklahoma residents are looking for “Red Jello Stuffing.” (Don’t ask me, that’s what the data shows.)

You can check what people in your state are looking for below:

Turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving main course, as 9 out of 10 Americans eat turkey as part of the holiday meal. But data from Google Trends shows that there are a variety of ways people plan to cook their bird.

As of Nov. 21, only South Carolina has shown strong interest in fried turkey, which might make firefighters breathe a little easier.

The National Fire Protection Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission warn against using turkey fryers. Since 1998, the CPSC is aware of 222 fire or scald/burn incidents involving turkey fryers, resulting in 83 injuries and $9.7 million in property losses.

Besides food, Google Trends data shows that people are interested in certain artistic pursuits. Some of the top search results were how to draw a Thanksgiving turkey (a fun art project to do with your kids) and how to draw Thanksgiving. The latter requires a bit of thought, as it depends on what Thanksgiving means to the artist.

Data shows that people are also divided on what to finish their Thanksgiving dinner. Pumpkin pie is the most sought-after dessert, but other dishes, including cranberry pie, take a slice of the action.

Whatever people put on the table will cost more this year. The Associated Press reports that Americans are seeing double-digit increases in the price of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, canned pumpkin and other staple foods. The US government estimates food prices will rise 9.5% to 10.5% this year; historically, they have only increased by 2% per year.

Lower production and higher costs for labor, transportation and materials are part of the reason; disease, bad weather and the war in Ukraine also contribute.

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