One of the great things about Thanksgiving is that there are usually so darn many dishes you're not stuck eating something you really don't like.  One of the bad things about Thanksgiving is that there are nervous cooks hoping you like what they brought to the table.

Fortunately friends and family can create a diversion for you.

Let's say, someone, brings some aspic to the Thanksgiving celebration. What is aspic you ask?

savoury clear jelly prepared from a liquid stock made by simmering the bones of beef, veal, chicken, or fish.

The aspic congeals when refrigerated by virtue of the natural gelatin that dissolves into the stock from the tendons; commercial sheet or powdered gelatin is sometimes added to ensure a stiff set.

I am never ever ever ever ever...eating this.


There are meat and tendon bits floating in the gelatin. Nope. How about you put some pig snout and fish lips in there too?  Nope. I've fortunately never had that on a table anywhere near me.  Now, green jello mixed with cottage cheese I have seen and managed to avoid entirely.

Probably because of my use of diversions

Back to my earlier point, you load your Thanksgiving plate with the stuff you really like and wait for someone to strike up a conversation with whoever brought the aspic abomination, and then you just put the tiniest little bit on your plate so you can claim you had some. Cover with gravy and move on.

The study I read dealt more with the staples of Thanksgiving

Basically, they just scanned Twitter for tweets like "I hate stuffing" or "I hate cranberry sauce".  Since November 1 they found 50,000 to sort through geographically and come up with some pretty non-scientific results.

Cranberry sauce is the most hated of them all

Seventeen states seem to hate cranberry sauce the most.  Not me, I love cranberries!  But they have to be shaped like a can. That's the only way cranberries are to be served. In second place is the mostly vile green bean casserole. So icky that people throw crunchy onions on top like that's gonna help. Dressing or stuffing came in third place on the no-thank-you list.

So what about North Dakota's most hated Thanksgiving dish?

Turns out that together with South Dakota, North Dakota hates sweet potatoes. I imagine the same goes for yams.  They're OK with me, although you can't cover them with gravy so that's a pass for me. You can tell me the difference between the two and I'll pretend to pay attention.

Heck, Maine, Oregon, and Idaho all voted against turkey. Here's the full map from


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