May/June 2013 Issue Names 317 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winners
In the Food section, Yankee visits Maine’s North Haven Island, home to Chellie Pingree, a congresswoman, chef, and owner of Nebo Lodge. She shares recipes for Heirloom Tomato & Halloumi Salad; Summer-Squash Salad with Parmesan & Pine Nuts; Maine Corn Pudding; and Grilled Scallop Skewers with Pancetta & Rosemary; and Almond Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream (page 40). And in “Homegrown,” the L’Etoile family of Four Star Farms in Northfield, Massachusetts, grows two varieties of red winter wheat, the staple ingredient of America’s bread. Along with other dedicated farm families, they’ve reclaimed the region’s venerable agricultural heritage (page 48).
Enter through the gates of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and you’ll see the beauty of the woodlands celebrated in a thousand ways: in a glossy collection of lady’s slippers, a cluster of fern-studded mosses, a Technicolor array of Asian rhododendrons and more. Here is a reminder that this landscape, a perplexing and often-overlooked venue for most home gardeners, can be more than a drive-by. In Yankee’s Home section, Horticulture guru Bill Cullina celebrates Maine’s wetlands and offers advice for woodland gardeners (page 26). In “New England’s Finest,” contributing editor Caroline Woodward assembles both useful and decorative New England-made outdoor products (page 37).
“An Island of One’s Own” — by Jim Collins (page 15): At some point, the feeling of being alone on an island shifts from separation to independence to something like power. Jim Collins writes about the island cabin he built over two years of weekends with the help of family and a few close friends.
“A Field Guide to New Englanders”— by Ken Sheldon (page 18): a humorous take on 10 distinct varieties of New Englanders.
“Local Treasure”— by Aimee Seavey (page 24): Scrimshaw—the art of engraving images on bone or teeth, or of carving those materials into tools and ornaments—emerged as a leisure activity for early-19th-century sailors, first among British whalers, and then most famously among the Nantucketers and other New Englanders who went to sea in pursuit of the leviathan. Crafted by sailors on long and lonely voyages to distant waters, today these items are an indelible link to the island’s maritime heritage.
“Rocks for Ages” — by Ian Aldrich (page 22): Kevin Gardner, who wrote The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, explains how to do just that.
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