Backgrounder and Quick Facts
With New England’s four distinct seasons, visitors schedule their travel to coincide with their favorite time of year, and locals maintain a rotating assortment of outdoor gear to embrace the changing climate. New England is world-renowned for its spectacular fall foliage display. In late September through October, visitors chase color in the attempt to view peak foliage. They travel back roads by car or bike, or hike under the canopy of blazing red foliage mingling with green, yellow, and orange. Equally enticing are winter’s snow-capped mountains for skiers and riders, the rebirth of lush greenery each spring, and the region’s lakes and ocean beaches during the summer months. New Englanders celebrate each season with time-honored rituals, including picking apples on a crisp fall day, going for a horse-drawn sleigh ride across freshly fallen snow, collecting sap from maple trees in the spring to make pure maple syrup, whitewater rafting Maine’s raging rivers, and building sand castles before the tide comes in on a summer’s afternoon.
Every issue of Yankee celebrates New England cooking and the myriad ingredients, traditions, ethnicities, and talent the area offers. The range of recipes is eclectic, from iconic regional foods — including clam chowder, oyster stew, clam cakes, Parker House rolls, Boston baked beans, johnnycakes, Grape-Nut pudding, apple pies, and whoopee pies — to contemporary and original twists on the foods we love. Every recipe and every food story takes into consideration our unique seasons, relying on locally grown, seasonal produce, meats, and seafood; the people who grow it, raise it, or catch it; and a talented roster of chefs who cook with these ingredients.
In each issue, “Best Cook in Town” introduces readers to an exceptional New England home chef who has an interesting story to tell and a delicious signature dish. “Homegrown,” another recurring recipe column, looks closely at New England’s seasonal ingredients.
Home & Garden
Each issue of Yankee showcases an interesting New England home — from a converted barn in Vermont to a restored brownstone in Boston. Articles offer ideas that are both aspirational and inspirational. Recently, Yankee has increased its focus on energy-efficient adaptations, with an emphasis on green living.
Yankee Magazine also features specialty gardeners whose passions range from roses to peonies; one recent story introduced readers to a professional wildlife artist who has designed his colorful garden to attract the birds he paints. Upcoming articles will focus on home gardens and how to raise organic vegetables easily in a small area.
Our “Inspired Ideas” department relies on the longstanding tradition of Yankee ingenuity by sharing projects that homeowners have completed, including colorful winter terrariums and acorn napkin rings that are perfect for your Thanksgiving table. In each issue, our “Antiques and Collectibles” column shares the expertise of renowned Skinner Auctioneers with readers as we focus on classic wares with New England roots, such as primitive paintings, dolls, schoolgirl samplers, or rare china, to name some recent examples. Our product review column, “New England’s Finest,” highlights items designed and crafted by New Englanders. Here you’ll find new and unique products under themes such as camping gear, Christmas gifts, summer outdoor entertaining, baby goods, and great kitchenware.
Longtime Columns Still Running Today