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With its fertile farmland, teeming coastal waters, and flavorful influence from generations of immigrant arrivals, it’s no surprise that New England cuisine has a reputation for being seasonal, hearty, and comforting. Where else but New England can you find such vastly diverse foods as ocean-fresh lobster, artisanal cheeses, and award-winning microbrews sharing the spotlight with slow-cooked baked beans, steamed brown bread, and molasses-sweetened Indian pudding

From established fine-dining destinations like Boston and Providence to growing foodie-havens in smaller cities like Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, the New England culinary scene is booming with farm-to-table restaurants, innovative modern eateries, and a growing number of small-batch specialty shops churning out everything from gourmet donuts and crepes to gelato and burgers.  

Want to enjoy classic New England food at home? With recipes for homegrown specialties like wild Maine blueberry pie and maple-cider glazed sweet potatoes, plus favorite New England dishes like clam chowder, Yankee pot roast, maple walnut ice cream, and Boston cream pie (just to name a few), the comforting flavors of traditional New England are always in season.

And let’s not forget the city and state classics. Whether it’s crispy New Haven pizza in Connecticut, baked beans in Beantown, cream-filled chocolate whoopie pies in Maine, lacy cornmeal jonnycakes and red chowder in Rhode Island, swirled maple creemees in Vermont, or European-inspired dishes like Portuguese Kale Soup or French-Canadian Meat Pies (Tourtiere), we’ve got all of your New England cravings covered. 

Search the New England Today site for seasonal and holiday recipe collections, step-by-step photographs of how to make your favorite New England recipes, cooking advice, and a fun look at the history of classic New England food traditions like Moxie, Necco, and the Fluffernutter.

The delicious world of New England cuisine awaits!

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Joe Froggers Cookies

Joe Froggers

· · Cookies & Bars

Joe Froggers cookies are a classic New England treat!
Molasses-spice cookies date back to the Colonial era, but this variation with rum in the batter comes from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Locals say  … Read More

Hermit Cookie

Hermit Cookies

· · Food

Spicy, sweet, and studded with raisins and currants, hermit cookies are a classic New England sweet treat.
This recipe for spicy, chewy hermit cookies was a first place prize winner in  … Read More

Maine Potato Doughnuts

Potato Doughnuts

· · Donuts

Potato doughnuts reached the status of food fad in the 1940s, when Al and Bob Pelton of Salt Lake City, Utah, launched the “Spudnut” bakery craze, across more than 30  … Read More

Dry-Cured Turkey

Dry-Cured Turkey

· · Food

Brining is a great way to produce a turkey with moist breast meat and good flavor, but it also tends to make the meat a bit spongy–a texture that’s still  … Read More

Best Apple Recipes

Best Apple Recipes

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