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The Kennebec Cheesery won an award for their cheese called Chevre rolled in herbs de Provence. The Kennebec Cheesery won an award for their cheese called Chevre rolled in herbs de Provence. (Photo by Mark Fleming)

Maine treats celebrated by Yankee Magazine awards

MAINE – Looking for an extra special something to add to your Thanksgiving spread? Or maybe you are looking for a gift for the foodie in your life? Has Yankee Magazine got something for you!

New England’s best locally made food products are being praised in the fifth annual “Yankee Editors’ Choice Food Awards 2017.” The 10 honorees were chosen by Yankee Magazine senior food editor Amy Traverso in the categories of cheeses, meats, preserves/sauces, sweets and drinks; the honorees represent all six New England states.

Out of the 10 honorees, two are from the state of Maine.

“The food awards are our attempt to bring attention to something beyond the restaurant scene,” Traverso said. “We look for products that make our eyes light up and we also like the products we feature to be something you might serve at the holidays or give as gifts.”

Award recipients receive an award handcrafted at the Simon Pearce studio in Quechee, Vermont.

One of the 2017 honoree from Maine is the Kennebec Cheesery located in Sidney. The Cheesery received an award for their chvre rolled in herbs de Provence cheese. Traverso explained why the cheese deserved to be distinguished.

“This particular cheese is just a really nice creamy goat cheese,” she said. “Jean Koons makes the cheese and she uses milk from her own goats. She milks her herd and makes the cheeses. The one we liked in particular, she rolls in this classic mixture that you see a lot in Southern France. The mixture is named herbs of Provence and it has funnel and lavender – aromatic herbs.

“The cheese sits with the herbs for a little bit and it absorbs the flavor and it makes it really lovely,” Traverso continued. “It’s also pretty to look at. It’s pure white inside and it has all these gorgeous herbs on the outside.”

The other 2017 honoree from Maine is Stonewall Kitchen in York. Stonewall Kitchen received an award from their cranberry-horseradish sauce.

“A lot of the times with jams there’s just too much sugar so it becomes overly sweet or the fruit is cooked so long that there becomes this very cooked flavor and the sauce loses parts of its vibrancy, so we love it when we find jams that really taste like fresh fruit,” explained Traverso. “This cranberry sauce, we loved it because it was so unexpected. It’s got spice from the horseradish but it’s well balanced and the sweet tart flavors of the cranberry play against the heat in a really nice way. It makes a fresh alternative to the regular cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner.”

If you are a maker and you want Traverso to try your goods, you’re encouraged to email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Traverso enjoys receiving these messages, saying “I love to hear from makers. Email is always good. I like hearing stories from makers and I like being told ‘If you’re in this area, check out this cheese.’”

To see all 10 honorees and for more information about Yankee Magazine, go to newengland.com. 

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