Ruth Wakefield’s Original Toll House Cookie [RECIPE]

Try Ruth Wakefield’s original Toll House Cookie recipe. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We all love chocolate chip cookies, but if you have always found yourself looking at the back of the bag of chocolate chips for the recipe, you may have realized that it has changed over the years. As such, the cookies your grandma made probably aren’t the ones you’re making now. Like many of our favorite things, the original recipe was formulated in New England. This one was concocted at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, way back in the 1930s. And while it is hard to go wrong with any of the recipes printed on the bags, we believe the original by Ruth Wakefield is still the best. Try it and let us know if you agree! Be sure to read our baking tips before you begin for best results.

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Joe Froggers [RECIPE]

Joe Froggers cookies
Joe Froggers are one of our favorite New England recipes! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

One of the best parts about having lived in or traveled to lots of different places over the years is discovering new recipes from various regions. Since we love cookies, it’s no surprise that we fell in love with Joe Froggers, a cookie that seems like the love child of a snickerdoodle and a gingersnap. This recipe originates in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where Joseph Brown opened a tavern next to a frog pond with his wife Lucretia after the Revolutionary War. These molasses-spice cookies became her trademark.

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IRON & FIRE: An Interview with Kerrin Willis

Kerrin Willis
Kerrin Willis

Two of the things we adore are teachers and writers. Today’s guest checks both boxes. In her new novel, she explores a place that is near and dear to our hearts: New England. With Iron & Fire, Kerrin Willis deftly captures what it was like for a woman living in the Plymouth Colony in 1675. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview! —J&H

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Paul Doiron Announces Release of His 12th Mike Bowditch Novel, ‘Dead By Dawn’

Night sky in woods
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Award-winning novelist Paul Doiron announced today the publication date of his next book, Dead By Dawn. This will be the 12th installment in his popular Mike Bowditch series, which debuted 10 years ago with The Poacher’s Son. We’ve been big fans of the series ever since that first book transported us to the Maine woods, so we can’t wait for this next chapter!

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Jathan And Heather Embrace The Magic Of New England [PHOTOS]

New Bedford sunset

New Bedford sunset (Photo by Jathan Fink/Jadeworks Entertainment)

Moving always forces a family to make all kinds of adjustments, and our new home is only one of the many we are going to need to get used to. In January, we told you that we would be moving to New England with a job transfer. Well, in February we drove across the country, outrunning a winter storm that nipped at our heels the entire way. Then on March 1 we finally moved into our new home in Massachusetts.  Read more of this post