The New York Times ran a map right before Thanksgiving featuring the most unusual Google recipe searches by state.
North Carolina’s favorite recipe was Pig Pickin’ Cake, a concoction made with yellow cake mix, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and Cool Whip. Since I had written about that cake a couple of years ago, I shared that recipe with readers again.
I also asked readers to enlighten me about the most Googled recipe in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado: Frog Eye Salad.
Two readers responded: Beverly Phillips of Henderson and Lois Nixon of Cary.
It turns out that Frog Eye Salad is the dessert salad cousin of Pig Pickin’ Cake. It is made with small pasta such as orzo, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and Cool Whip. “Both recipes have those intriguing names that may or may not make you want to eat them!” Nixon wrote.
Phillips, who is from New York, said her family called the recipe Rosa Marina. “Our family makes this salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas and sometime in between,” she wrote.
Nixon, who grew up in Kansas, said her version serves 25, which makes it a popular potluck dish. “I have some in my refrigerator right now, left over from a family birthday dinner yesterday!”
8 ounces orzo
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges
1 (15-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (15-ounce) can fruit cocktail
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
Yield: 12-15 servings.