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Podunk | Lexicon

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Podunk can refer to any “small, unimportant, and isolated town.” But according to... Read More »

Potato Recess | Potato Harvest in Aroostook County

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Excerpt from “The Lessons of the Harvest,” Yankee Magazine, September 1990. In Maine’s Aroostook County, schools close for... Read More »

Pullman Car at Hildene | Long Journey Home

Pullman Car at Hildene | Long Journey Home

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  At the Lincoln family’s Vermont estate, now a museum, an important piece of American history pulls into... Read More »

Red Snapper Hot Dogs

Red Snapper Hot Dogs

5 votes, 3.80 avg. rating (76% score)

Whether it’s from the ball game snack bar, roadside stand, or the grill in your own backyard, when... Read More »

Red Sox Win 2013 World Series!

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

There were generations of Boston Red Sox fans for whom October meant falling dreams and spirits along with... Read More »

Rented Summer Cottage Nightmare! | Humor

23 votes, 4.48 avg. rating (89% score)

A stay in a rented summer cottage always seems to start with a note from the owners that... Read More »

Rhode Island Jonnycakes

Rhode Island Jonnycakes

6 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (91% score)

A Rhode Island classic, jonnycakes (or johnnycakes) are thick or thin cornmeal pancakes depending on what part of... Read More »

Rufus Resurrected | Barn Cat Survival

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He was a barn cat, half wild, half tame. When his life hung in the balance, which half... Read More »

Scrod | Lexicon

Scrod | Lexicon

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

The American Heritage Dictionary calls scrod “a young cod or haddock, especially one split and boned for cooking.”... Read More »

Seaquankeyquash | Lexicon

3 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

The American Indian New Year is celebrated during the Planting Moon in May. “It is the time of... Read More »

Shad | Poor Man’s Salmon

Shad | Poor Man’s Salmon

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“Where are they?” people ask John at the trailer.”Where? Try under the old railroad bridge.” He points over... Read More »

Sinsibuckwat | Lexicon

3 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Sinsibuckwat was the name local Micmac Indians gave to the end of February. The term translated to “the... Read More »

Sky Bar

Sky Bar

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

Since June is National Candy Month, it seemed like the right time to celebrate another classic New England... Read More »

South Shore Bar Pizza | Lynwood Cafe in Randolph, MA

South Shore Bar Pizza | Lynwood Cafe in Randolph, MA

7 votes, 4.43 avg. rating (87% score)

Meat-eaters like John often go for toppings like linguica (a Portuguese smoke cured pork sausage) or salami, and for... Read More »

Stretching Exercises for Your Lobster Dinner

Stretching Exercises for Your Lobster Dinner

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Don’t be intimidated by the high cost of owning your own lobster. With the following recipes, one good-sized... Read More »

Submarine Sandwiches | What’s in a Name?

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Everyone loves a title, everyone wants to be special, even entire communities. Take Groton and New London, Connecticut,... Read More »

Summercater | Lexicon

2 votes, 3.50 avg. rating (72% score)

Over a hundred years ago Mainers used the term “rusticator” to describe aristocrats, who seeking “rusticity,” came and... Read More »

Sure, It’s Only 47-1/2 Miles Long, But . . .

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Jud’s New England Journal, the rather curious monthly musings of Judson... Read More »

Swamp Yankee | Lexicon

Swamp Yankee | Lexicon

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

A “swamp Yankee,” according to American Speech, a language quarterly, is “a rural New England dweller who abides... Read More »

Swamp Yankees | What’s in a Name?

Swamp Yankees | What’s in a Name?

7 votes, 4.29 avg. rating (84% score)

In the home of old palsied Captain Merriam, the Captain spent the night with a pitchfork quivering in... Read More »

Thanksgiving Day Guest List | Real, Dead, and Fictitious

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We made a  Thanksgiving Day guest list of all the famous New Englanders — living and dead, real... Read More »

The Boston Terrier | Up Close

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In the 1860s a cross between a White English Terrier (now extinct) and an English Bulldog resulted in... Read More »

The Difference between a Milkshake, Frappe, and Cabinet

10 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

When is a milkshake not a milkshake? In New England, of course, when it’s a frappe (or a... Read More »

The Forenoon | Lexicon

The Forenoon | Lexicon

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

At the end of October, Daylight Savings Time will add an hour of daylight to a portion of... Read More »

The Great Lobster Offer

5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (89% score)

Enter here and on Facebook! Increase your chance of winning through Facebook. Don’t forget to enter by filling... Read More »

The Lure of the Lobster Shack

The Lure of the Lobster Shack

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There may be no meal more memorable than lobster enjoyed on a wharf piled high with traps and... Read More »

The Perfect Summer Vacation in New England

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

Wondering where to go for the perfect summer vacation in New England this year? Use this handy guide... Read More »



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