Yankee Magazine’s November/December 2013 Holiday Food Guide
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (October 17, 2013)—On newsstands October 29, Yankee Magazine’s November/December issue includes a special “Holiday Food Guide” which features 36 delicious recipes from starters to sweets, including holiday cookies and feast-worthy Thanksgiving sides. This special issue marks the first annual Editors’ Choice Food Awards, which recognize New England’s best cheeses, charcuterie, jams, chocolates, mustards, and more. In addition, photographer Richard Brown captures the muted beauty of Vermont’s landscape as late-fall days turn to early winter. Also, fifty years after the death of President John F. Kennedy, residents of Hyannis, Massachusetts, reflect on the time when Camelot was their neighbor.
“For many months now, it has been a bit difficult to know whether Yankee’s weekly editorial meetings, held in the second-floor conference room, were to discuss current and future stories, or simply to eat. Food and lifestyle editor Amy Traverso and assistant editor Aimee Seavey put together nearly 40 recipes, from creative side dishes to some of the best cookie recipes we’ve published since Yankee began in 1935. That’s a lot of cookies. Then they set off to bake. And bake. When Wednesdays arrived, trays of cookies awaited us in the conference room,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “And, perhaps best of all, they brought in boxes of all sorts of artisanal goodies from New England’s most passionate makers of cheeses, desserts, meats, pickles, sauces, and more. If it was made in New England and if our food team liked it, we got to sample. Now it’s your turn. Sharing good food has brought New Englanders together since the first Thanksgiving. And whether we gather at tables small or large, it becomes easy, too easy, to forget that this food doesn’t simply nourish our bodies but sustains our human need to share and, yes, to love those around us. Food is a way for us to say things that sometimes we don’t have words for.”
Inside Yankee’s November/December Issue
“Photo Essay: When the Leaves Come Down” — photographs by Richard Brown; text by Ian Aldrich (page 64): Muted light infuses images of Vermont’s landscape as late fall days turn to early winter. The scenes that unfold in this other autumn are something quite different from the autumn of blazing oranges and reds: less eye candy, more subdued.
“Angels Among Us” — by Ian Aldrich (page 72): Yankee profiles three New Englanders who are making an extraordinary difference in others’ lives: Bleu Grijalva and Emily Jodka, two urban farmers who have brought the locavore movement to underserved inner-city populations; Steve Gordon, a newspaper editor turned massage therapist who launched the Hand to Heart non-profit that offers free in-home massages to cancer patients living in the Upper Valley region in New Hampshire and Vermont; and Sharon Hutchins, a school-bus driver who resurrected a college scholarship program.
“A Hometown Remembers” — by Ian Aldrich (page 76): Fifty years after the death of President John F. Kennedy, those who knew him in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, reflect on a time when Camelot was their neighbor.
“The Big Question”— interviewed by Hilary Weisman Graham (page 96): Naturalist Tom Wessels believes that every landscape has a story to tell, but we need to open our eyes to see it. For more than 30 years, he’s been helping people do just that.
“Counting Fish” — by Rowan Jacobsen (page 86): Each spring, the research ship Henry B. Bigelow drags a net along the seafloor in the Gulf of Maine, cataloguing the fish it catches. What it finds will change the life of every fisherman in New England and impact every consumer who loves seafood.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Santa is welcomed in a parade that kicks off the holiday season during which a special glow lights the streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Writer Annie Graves explores this festive seaside town with tips on where to eat, shop, stay, and explore in the Travel section (page 28).
In Yankee’s Home section, artist and writer Susan Branch welcomes us inside her home—a real-life wonderland—in Martha’s Vineyard. Susan claims, “Decorating really has to come from the heart” (page 44). In “New England’s Finest,” we’ve sourced locally made children’s toys with lots of New England charm (page 54).
In the Food section, “Cookies through the Decades” features 18 recipes that span the 1930s to the 2010s: our favorite bar, cutout, ball, sandwich, and drop cookies from each decade illustrate an edible history of American holiday baking. In “The Heart of the Feast,” writer Kathy Gunst shares recipes for the best part of the meal with a fresh take on Thanksgiving sides: Sweet-Potato Gratin with Maple Butter; Herbed “Spider” Cornbread; Herbed Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel; Green Beans with Chestnuts, Brown Butter & Lemon; Gingered Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup, Pineapple & Pecans; Herb butter; Herbed Popovers; Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil; and Pureed Winter Squash & Carrots with Tangerines & Brown Butter. Plus, when a team of professional caterers throw a feast for themselves, it’s guaranteed to be delicious: Feta & Honey-Stuffed Gourd; Seed Crisps; Winter Vegetable Salad with Spiced Honey Vinaigrette; Orange-Braised Red-Lentil Stew; Lemon-Stuffed Pork Loin with Thyme & Roasted Apples; and Dark-Chocolate Walnut Tart.
“Return of the Native” — by Jim Collins (page 14): By the late 1960s, there hadn’t been a wild turkey in New Hampshire for more than a century. Wildlife biologist Ted Walski set out to change things. Now the official state wildlife biologist for New Hampshire Fish & Game’s southwestern region, he’s one of the preeminent wild-turkey experts in the country, still as engaged and active as ever in his 69th year. He estimates the total number of wild turkeys in New Hampshire at 40,000, “probably close to carrying capacity.”