Yankee Magazine’s November/December 2013 Holiday Food Guide
The Guide: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.”
“We Asked the Expert,” — by Ian Aldrich (page 23): MaryJane Robbins, a baker and blogger at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont, shares her tips on how to make a gingerbread house.
“The Best 5 Shops for Crafters” — by Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum (page 24): Sparking the desire to create is what Debra Immergut and Nicole Blum love to do. In their book, Improv Sewing, and blog, Improv Diary, the two friends and colleagues from Massachusetts encourage even avowed “I’m not crafty” types to get in touch with their inner makers. Here, they share their top spots for gathering inspiration, supplies, and the courage to craft with abandon.
“The Swap Shop Tour”— by Ken Sheldon (page 18): Going shopping? Who needs big-box stores when you’ve got the swap shop at the town dump (or “transfer station” for the hoity-toity)? The swap shop is the next-to-last stop in the life cycle of consumer goods, the place where castoffs get a second—or third, or fourth—lease on life.
“Local Treasure: Plymouth Just Isn’t Plymouth Without the Mayflower”— by Aimee Seavey (page 26): The ship that carried the Pilgrims has long been lost to history, but its recreation continues to keep alive the story of the 1620 voyage and its undaunted passengers.
“Calendar of Events” and “Well Worth the Drive” (page 144): State by state listings of events, plus one highlighted “Well Worth the Drive” event in each state: UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford, Connecticut; Sparkle Weekend in Freeport, Maine; Cider Days in Franklin County, Massachusetts; “A Christmas Carol” in Manchester, New Hampshire; and Christmas at the Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island.