Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this year, families are encouraged to scale back on the gathering and instead have Thanksgiving dinner only with the people living in your house. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, urges Americans to "sacrifice social gatherings unless you’re pretty certain that the people you’re dealing with are not infected, or have very recently tested, or they’re living a lifestyle in which they don’t have any interaction with anybody except you and your family.”

Nevertheless, the holiday is rapidly approaching and I am excited for it. Of course, the reason I'm excited is because of the food. The turkey and all the fixin's. When it comes to side dishes I think we can all agree that mashed potatoes are the superior side dish, right? Well, that's what I used to think until I stumbled onto this map created by that showed mashed potatoes were only the favorite side dish in TEN states! TEN!

Using Google Trends, Zippia determined what Thanksgiving side each state eats a disproportionate amount of by examining over 20 dishes (this included gravy as a side dish, weird, I know).

If you look closely you'll see that in Texas, the most popular side dish for Thanksgiving 2019 was... green bean casserole?! I would have figured it was mashed potatoes, or at the very least stuffing (or "dressing" as they call it in Alabama), but no, it's green bean casserole.

I've never had green bean casserole, I've had regular green beans but never in casserole form- am I missing out? Should I try it this year? Will someone pass along a recipe? Thanks in advance. As for me and my family, mashed potatoes will always be bae.

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