Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is just 2 & 1/2 weeks away. Yes, it's my favorite holiday because of the food alone, but that's beside the point.

While either turkey or ham may be the star of the meal, I much prefer those side dishes. And since I'm new to Michigan, I want to make sure I'm serving what people like. Thankfully, Zippia just did a survey of the most popular side dishes in America.

They conducted the search by analyzing google trends from last year. Number one on the list? Mashed potatoes. 

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According to Zippia, 10 states including California, Nevada, Montana and Minnesota just to name a few.

The second most searched item was Mac N Cheese.

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Now we're talking. These seems to be an east coast thing with Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and three other states searching for Mac N Cheese the most.

But, here in Michigan, it's all about the casserole! Green bean casserole to be precise.

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YUM. I'm drooling just looking at that picture. While I'm not complaining about the most popular side dish in Michigan, I wanted to see how it measured up with what Kalamazoo residents prefer.

I posed the question on our Facebook page, asking Kalamazoo what their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes are. Here are the responses.

Paige W says: Any dessert. Yes, girl. I'm right there with you

Michelle M writes: I make a badass green bean w red pepper casserole from scratch. That sounds UH-mazing.

Roni chimed in with her favorite Thanksgiving side dish: Candied yams.

Josie writes: Turkey dipped in soy sauce! That's a new one for me Josie, but I'm willing to try it!

Whether or not our tastes in Kalamazoo line up with the rest of Michigan I think there's one thing we can all agree on...at least we're not in Maine where their most searched side dish was....a side salad. It's probably a bad sign that my first thought reading that was "gross". You can check out what the rest of the states are eating for Thanksgiving below.

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