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Recipes of the States

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Ramble of the Day

I don’t have a map for you, but there’s another article combining something related to food with United States geography. This time, it’s The Daily Meal that brings us information of the most searched recipes during the coronavirus pandemic by U.S. state. There isn’t a map, but going through the article is an easy enough exercise.

The most popular recipe searched in the country was banana bread, which follows general trends when you check it out state by state. Unsurprisingly, bread was pretty popular: Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming were the states looking for those recipes, and Mississippi wanted cornbread.

New Mexico went down a somewhat similar road in looking for tortilla recipes. If you expand the category a bit, cinnamon rolls were popular in Alaska, Illinois, Montana, and Oregon; North Carolina and South Carolina wanted some pound cake; California searched for snickerdoodles; and if I’m really pushing it, Vermont was looking for pancakes and Utah had a craving for crepes.

All of that seems fine and good, though I have a question for Vermonters: Were you looking for unique pancake recipes, or just a pancake recipe? I say this not because pancake recipes are outrageously easy to crack — pancakes are easy to make, but I can’t blame someone for not knowing if it’s their first time. I ask because I’m surprised there could be that many first time pancake makers in Vermont, but again — it could be about spicing things up.

Meat dishes were pretty popular, too. Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia were searching for hamburger recipes (though some were looking for hamburger meat), while salmon proved popular in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Different chicken recipes were searched in Alabama (chicken salad), Hawaii and Tennessee (baked chicken), Idaho (shoyu chicken), and Rhode Island (chicken parmesan). Indiana enters the category with pork tenderloin, Nevada with pork loin, Wisconsin with ham, and Louisiana with a crawfish étouffée. North Dakota opted for sloppy joes, and I realize I’ve never had a good one. Colorado and Pennsylvania were searching for egg salad recipes.

Some outliers were Virginia’s search for banana pudding (a great search, if you ask me), Georgia’s desire for a zucchini recipe, New York’s entry of charoset, and two states who wanted to stay hydrated, Florida with margaritas and Arizona with lemonade. A question to end things: Why do you need a lemonade recipe?

tl;dr: The Daily Meal put together a list of the most searched recipes in America. They were mostly normal, but I wondered why Arizonans needed a lemonade recipe.

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Links of the Day


Haiti FA presdient Yves Jean-Bart was accused of sexually assaulting young female footballers.

The Premier League asked the U.S. Trade Representative to keep Saudi Arabia on its piracy watch list in February.

Bank Hapoalim will pay $30 million for its involvement in the FIFA bribery scandal.

Today’s longer read: Nick Ames on Cambuur, a team apparently set for promotion to the Eredivisie until a vote meant the top two Dutch flights were voided for The Guardian