The most reviled Thanksgiving food in Washington state

Nov 21, 2022, 4:47 PM | Updated: 10:54 pm
"Turkey is just display," says Gee Scott. But this turkey looks pretty dang beautiful. (L. Fritz/Getty Images)
(L. Fritz/Getty Images)

With Thanksgiving just days away, a map created with geotagged Twitter data by the food website The Daring Kitchen identified the most reviled Thanksgiving food in each state.

Through this system, it was determined Washington residents hate cranberries and cranberry sauce above all.

What may be surprising to some is the second-least favorite food in Washington is turkey.

“I have been saying it for years, turkey is just display,” said Gee Scott, co-host of The Gee and Ursula Show. “You’re better off getting a fake turkey and putting it on your table just to post it for the gram. Nobody really cares about turkey unless it’s the next day for a turkey sandwich.”

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In another map created by The Daring Kitchen, it was revealed just 12 states voted that they hated turkey altogether (Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine).

“If I come to your house and you’re sitting down and say, ‘Gee, I love turkey.’ And especially if you’re eating just white meat, do you know the trust issues that I have with you if you sit down and ‘I’m just going to have some white meat, that part of the turkey, and then we’re going to have some green bean casserole with some mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans?'” Gee said.

Gee later said the white meat of the turkey is just as salivating as a well-done steak.

“I got to stop you,” said Andrew “Chef” Lanier, the producer for The Gee and Ursula Show. “There are two things that you cannot have without the turkey. One, when you walk into the house, it does not smell like Thanksgiving unless you have a turkey in the oven. Two, the best thing about the turkey is not the meat, it is the gravy and you cannot have gravy without a roasted turkey. Turkey and gravy makes the meal, it is by far the best thing about Thanksgiving. It ties the whole room together. It’s like the rug in ‘The Big Lebowski.'”

“If you cook the bird correctly, Gee,” countered Ursula Reutin, co-host of The Gee and Ursula Show. “The white meat is juicy and succulent and flavorful. I’m a dark meat person, but I’m not going to snub my nose at white meat unless you don’t know how to cook.”

But Gee wasn’t raining on the Thanksgiving parade entirely, as he revealed the single greatest bite of the meal every time.

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“The best bite you have on Thanksgiving is a bite with macaroni and cheese, sweet potato, and cornbread stuffing all at the same time,” Gee said.

Gee and Ursula both later revealed that stuffing is their favorite part of the meal.

For those wanting a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, the bird costs an average of 20% more than last year, according to a survey from America’s Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The average price of a 16-pound turkey has jumped from $23.88 in 2021 to $28.96.

Listen to Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin weekday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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The most reviled Thanksgiving food in Washington state