Don't get me wrong. I love deviled eggs on a Fourth of July picnic. But I can't imagine eating them on Thanksgiving when I'm stuffing myself with, well , stuffing, turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and leaving some room for pumpkin pie.
But apparently some 16,000 people, on Thanksgiving Eve, actually searched for recipes for "deviled eggs" on the popular Website, Allrecipes.com. In a fun and fascinating look into what Americans may have been cooking up for Thanksgiving, Kim Severson's article on the front page of today's New York Times takes us on a geographic tour of the recipes that topped the online hit parade.
Not surprisingly, number one, by far, was "sweet potato casserole," with 65,000 recipe queries nationwide by 9 p.m. Wednesday, particularly in a wide Eastern swath of the U.S., below New England. Other traditional Thanksgiving favorites were of course among the top searches, including pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, pecan and apple pie, stuffing...you get the picture.
But for every 1,000 searches for "sweet potato casserole," some 251 people were looking for ways to make deviled eggs (just ahead of the number of people trying to figure out how to make mashed potatoes). A map of the continental U.S. shows that "above average number of searches" popped in all part of the country, from the upper Rockies to the mid-Atlantic.