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Celebrate the Holidays New England-Style
With Yankee
Magazine’s November/December Issue

Wonderful Stories, Mouth-Watering Recipes And Stunning Photos Provide A Magical Overture For Upcoming Holiday Season

– Plus Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2015 & Special Holiday Cookbook –

Cvr1_YK1115_1200pxRGBDUBLIN, NH (November 2, 2015) – The signs of the holiday season are here: shortening days, the first frost, colorful light displays in stores, and soon, families will gather around the Thanksgiving table.

To celebrate this “most wonderful time of the year,” Yankee magazine’s holiday issue (November/December) is the perfect way to prepare New England-style, get into the spirit and learn some fascinating things about the holiday celebrations, destinations and foods in the region.

From the top 5 holiday light displays, best winter weekend getaways and a visit to a spectacular Christmas tree farm, to Yankee’s extensive food coverage including the Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2015, a special holiday cookbook with some favorite recipes from the last 80 years, a feature on apple pies and the best turkey recipe you’ll ever make, Yankee’s Nov./Dec. issue is bound to instill holiday cheer in everyone, no matter near or far.

Selected highlights of the Nov./Dec. issue include:

  • Yankee Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2015: By Amy Traverso and Aimee Seavey, the issue highlights the best and most delicious edibles in New England. Organized in categories including Cheese, Smoked Meat and Fish, Baked Goods, Sweets, Jams and Preserves, Beverages and Sauces, twenty products from the region are showcased.
  • The Top 5 Christmas Light Displays: Yuletide magic comes alive as towns and cities across the region don their finest illuminated displays. Selected by Kim Knox Beckius, the top 5 include: Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Mystic River Park, Mystic, CT; ZooLights at Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA; Lighting of  “the Nubble,” Maine’s Cape Neddick Light, York, ME; River of Light, Main Street, Waterbury, VT, and La Salette Shrine Christmas Festival of Lights, Attleboro, MA.
  • The best turkey recipe. Just in time for Thanksgiving, a brined bourbon-pecan turkey. While both of those flavors may have southern roots, this dish suits a New England Thanksgiving menu perfectly with the addition of maple syrup.
  • Prized Apple Pies: Aimee Seavey shares the history of an American dessert that has become its own idiom, showcasing double-crust, crumb and custard variations.
  • Special Holiday Cookbook: Flip over your issue of Yankee, turn it 180 degrees and immerse yourself in Yankee’s holiday food issue featuring a cookbook with favorite recipes selected from the last 80 years featuring cheese puffs, eggnog chiffon pie, gingerbread icebox cheesecake, cinnamon buns, and brown-sugared shortbread cookies.
  • The cover story is Christmas in Vermont, showcasing festivities in two towns: Manchester and Woodstock. The elegant Woodstock Inn graces the magazine’s cover.
  • This issue debuts a new “Out & About” section; the theme is holiday events in every state.

“This issue of Yankee understands that the magic of the holidays has always been about the gathering,” writes Yankee Editor, Mel Allen. “Inside these pages, the real story lies in the making of memories as we turn inward to hearth and home.”

Aside from the holiday content, the issue also includes features on other timely and fascinating regional topics, including:

  • A look at the miracle that is the American oyster, and how it may help New England’s coast survive climate change, by Michael Sanders. Around for 500 million years or so, researchers are beginning to see a far greater value in the oyster than merely an amorous appetizer.
  • Yankee’s Edie Clark profiles Beatrice Trum Hunter, who published the first natural foods cookbook in America more than 50 years ago. Hunter, 96, is still fighting to help people eat better and live without toxic chemicals. Hunter has published more than 30 books and also provided Rachel Carson with research that helped Carson to write Silent Spring.
  • Justin Shatwell writes a profile covering the history and lifestyle of the Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey, near Spencer, Mass.

For more information about Yankee’s Nov./Dec. issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com

About Yankee

Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, Yankee: New England’s Magazine was founded in 1935 and is the iconic American magazine covering the finest that New England has to offer. Covering classic New England travel destinations, food traditions and home and lifestyle stories with stunning photography and artwork, Yankee has featured many notable American writers in its pages such as Robert Frost, John Updike and Stephen King. With a total circulation of nearly 300,000 and a total audience of 1.8 million readers, the magazine is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI), a family-owned, independent publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. In October 2015, Yankee launched its first digital-only edition, Yankee Plus, www.yankeemagazine.com/yankeeplus-digital-magazine, to be published six times annually, alternating with the bimonthly print schedule of Yankee magazine. More information about Yankee is available at: www.YankeeMagazine.com/press.

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For interviews with Publisher Brook Holmberg, Editor Mel Allen or Senior Lifestyle Editor Amy Traverso, please contact:

Chris Roslan
Roslan & Campion Public Relations
(212) 966-4600
chris@rc-pr.com

 

Yankee Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2015
Honor New England’s Finest Delectable Treats

— 20 Fine Foods In Seven Categories —

DUBLIN, New Hampshire (November 2, 2015)— New England’s most delicious edibles are recognized in the third annual Yankee Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2015, featured in the magazine’s November/December holiday issue.

For the awards, Yankee editors Amy Traverso and Aimee Seavey selected 20 of New England’s finest edibles in seven categories: Cheese, Smoked Meat and Fish, Baked Goods, Sweets, Jams and Preserves, Beverages and Sauces.

“The Yankee Food Awards were born out of our commitment to celebrate the New England food makers and culinary artisans that are producing the region’s best food products,” says Brook Holmberg, publisher of Yankee.

In the issue, Amy Traverso and Aimee Seavey write: “Three years ago, we launched these awards to highlight the delicious foods as well as specialty foods that we saw coming to the market with increasing frequency. Traveling around New England, we surveyed farmers’ markets, gourmet shops, festivals, and supermarkets—and began bringing interesting products back to the office to taste and compare.”

Just in time for holiday entertaining and gift giving, this year’s honorees are:

Cheese
Hooligan, Cato Corner Farm, Colchester, CT catocornerfarm.com
Landaff, Landaff Creamery, Landaff, NH landaffcreamery.com
Crottina, Blue Ledge Farm, Salisbury, VT blueledgefarm.com
Bear Hill, Grafton Village Cheese, Brattleboro, VT graftonvillagecheese.com

 Smoked Meat and Fish
Simply Smoked Salmon, Boston Smoked Fish, Sudbury, MA bostonsmokedfish.com
Local Del Duca Prosciutto, Daniele Foods, Burrillville, RI danielefoods.com

Baked Goods
Shortbread Trio, Lark Fine Foods, Essex, MA larkfinefoods.com
Toasted Sesame Seed Graham Crackers, Whitney’s Castleton Crackers, Castleton, VT castletoncrackers.com
Sea Salt Crackers, Onesto Artisan Crackers, Newburyport, MA onestofoods.com

Sweets

Bonbons, Chocolate Springs, Lenox, MA chocolatesprings.com
Masala Chai Ice Cream, Tea-Rrific!, Bridgeport, CT tearrificicecream.com
Artisan Chocolate Bars, Dancing Lion, Manchester, NH dancinglion.us
Almond–Orange Peel Nougat, Vadeboncoeur, Vergennes, VT vadeboncoeurnougat.com

Jams and Preserves

Apple Cider Syrup, Carr’s Ciderhouse, Hadley, MA carrsciderhouse.com
Spicy & Garlic Dill Pickles, Fox Point Pickling Company, Warren, RI foxpointpickles.com
Berries of the Woods, Hillhome Country Products, Norfolk, CT hillhomeproducts.com

Beverages

True Grenadine, Powell & Mahoney, Salem, MA  powellandmahoney.com
Alchemy Espresso, George Howell Coffee, Acton, MA georgehowellcoffee.com

Sauces

Salted Bourbon Caramel, Fat Toad Farm, Brookfield, VT fattoadfarm.com

Lavender Mustard, Cheshire Garden, Winchester, NH cheshiregarden.com

Readers might notice that the awards are not organized around a single, best-in-category winner. According to the editors, that is by design.

“Choosing just one jam or goat cheese would lock up those categories, preventing us from bringing other, equally worthy products to light,” write Traverso and Seavey. “Think of these as

‘awards of excellence,’ rather than an ‘either-or’ competition.”

Yankee magazine’s holiday issue (Nov./Dec.) is the perfect way to prepare for the holidays New England-style, get into the spirit and learn some fascinating things about the celebrations, destinations and food in the region.

 About the Yankee Editor’s Choice Food Awards

Created out of a desire to highlight locally made food products and their makers, the Yankee Editor’s Choice Food Awards celebrate both the quality and variety of offerings of today’s New England food scene. Structured as awards of excellence rather than an either/or competition, they celebrate both established and up-and-coming brands. The list of honorees is also available at: YankeeMagazine.com/FoodAwards

 For more information about Yankee’s Nov./Dec. issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com

 About Yankee

Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, Yankee: New England’s Magazine was founded in 1935 and is the iconic American magazine covering the finest that New England has to offer. Covering classic New England travel destinations, food traditions and home and lifestyle stories with stunning photography and artwork, Yankee has featured many notable American writers in its pages such as Robert Frost, John Updike and Stephen King. With a total circulation of nearly 300,000 and a total audience of 1.8 million readers, the magazine is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI), a family-owned, independent publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. In October 2015, Yankee launched its first digital-only edition, Yankee Plus, www.yankeemagazine.com/yankeeplus-digital-magazine, to be published six times annually, alternating with the bimonthly print schedule of Yankee magazine. More information about Yankee is available at: www.YankeeMagazine.com/press.

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For interviews with Senior Lifestyle Editor Amy Traverso or Associate Editor Aimee Seavey, please contact:

Contact:
Chris Roslan
Roslan & Campion Public Relations
(212) 966-4600
chris@rc-pr.com

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