The Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes in Each State

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Ask someone what they eat at Thanksgiving dinner and the answer will likely depend on where they're from. Though some dishes, like turkey, are considered holiday staples across the country, others are rarely seen outside certain regions. To get an idea of how Thanksgiving menus vary from state to state, check out these maps from House Method.

To determine the most-searched sweet and savory Thanksgiving recipes in each state, the homeowners' resource investigated which food-related terms Americans are Googling this time of year.

Roast turkey dominated the eastern half of the U.S., topping Thanksgiving recipe search trends in nine states from Florida to Massachusetts. It turns out that people from the Bluegrass State like all of their poultry fried: Kentucky was the only state where the search term "deep fried turkey" came out No.1.

Sweet potato casserole is popular in the South, while in Midwestern states they're searching for green bean casserole, and out in Utah, Nevada, and California, they're looking for yams (though they likely mean sweet potatoes).

House Method also made a map for the people who consider dessert the best part of Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie is the most popular sweet dish on the Thanksgiving table by far, topping search results in 15 states. The map below shows that sweet potato pie is preferred in Southeastern states like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and pecan pie is the favorite of Southern states slightly to the West like Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.

Most popular Thanksgiving desserts map.
House Method

After seeing what your state likes to serve on Thanksgiving, check out the origins of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

[h/t House Method]

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain

Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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