From icon food innovations like Minnesota’s Juicy Lucy to oft-misunderstood local favorites like Mississippi’s Koolickle, the unique foods found in every state can reveal a lot about its people. Perhaps even more interesting, though, is what make-at-home dish each state likes to cook for dinner. A new map shines light on exactly that by revealing the most-Googled recipes in every state.
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The data, which was gathered via Google Trends over the course of a year, was assembled into this slick visualization by the team at CashNet USA. And while a handful of states' most-frequently searched-for recipes are similar (why's everyone trying to make banana bread and coleslaw?), most states boast a unique query. The findings don't necessarily reflect the collective culinary skillset of a given state, but they do provide some insight into those who could perhaps benefit from a statewide Home Ec course (Zucchini?! Really, Idaho?) Here's how it all breaks down:
Alabama -- Gravy Alaska -- Coleslaw Dressing Arizona -- Frosting Arkansas -- Pancake California -- Bread Colorado -- Salmon Connecticut -- Chocolate Cake Delaware -- Chocolate Chip Cookie Florida -- Chili Georgia -- Cake Hawaii -- Mochi Idaho -- Zucchini Illinois -- Cookie Indiana -- Taco Iowa -- Frosting Kansas -- Banana Bread Kentucky -- Spaghetti Louisiana -- Jambalaya Maine -- Zucchini Bread Maryland -- Cheesecake Massachusetts -- Turkey Chili Michigan -- Gravy Minnesota -- Shortcake Mississippi -- Cornbread Missouri -- Smoothie Montana -- Pie Crust Nebraska -- Apple Pie Nevada -- Banana Bread New Hampshire -- Lasagna New Jersey -- Crockpot Chicken Breast New Mexico -- Banana Bread New York -- Meatloaf North Carolina -- Sweet Potato Casserole North Dakota -- Apple Crisp Ohio -- Guacamole Oklahoma -- Salsa Oregon -- Cake Pennsylvania -- Chicken Soup Rhode Island -- Chili South Carolina -- Dressing South Dakota -- Prime Rib Tennessee -- Taco Texas -- Cookies Utah -- Stew Vermont -- Tomato Soup Virginia -- Chicken Parmesan Washington -- Fried Chicken West Virginia -- Cheesecake Wisconsin -- Caramel Wyoming -- Coleslaw