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Let’s Take It from the Top 0

Rhonda Woodman recalls climbing to the roof of the Pool with Deck one day in the late ’70s. “I remember pointing out to him that with a view like this it would be a great place for some extra seating,” she says. “He didn’t say much, which was typical, but it wasn’t long before I looked up to see that Peter Lane and John Roy were building something up there.” Built above the Lower Deck, that “something” would be dubbed “Top Deck.”

Maureen Woodman recalls how her involvement with the spot actually stems back to her first date with Doug.

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Classic New England Lobster Roll 0

New England Lobster Roll Recipe by Woodman’s of Essex

Apparently created by a Milford, Connecticut, restaurateur named Harry Perry in 1927, the Lobster Roll sits nicely in the pantheon of New England culinary triumphs and remains a perennial favorite at Woodman’s.

New England Lobster Roll

Classic New England Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll Ingredients

2 pounds fresh-cooked lobster meat, cut into chunks

¾ cup mayonnaise

¾ tablespoons granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

How to Make Lobster Rolls

In a bowl, combine sugar and vinegar and stir until sugar dissolves.

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Auntie Phyllis’ Apple Pie 0

Apple Pie Recipe by Auntie Phyllis

“Auntie” Phyllis and “Uncle” Leo Doyle lived next to Dexter and Gini Woodman in the ‘50s and the couples raised their kids together. Young Steve learned this recipe from Auntie Phyllis, who always maintained that the key ingredients to a truly great pie are:  plenty of butter and plenty of love.

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Roast Lamb with Yogurt Marinade 0

Roast Lamb Recipe by Wendy Viator

It was a happy day ‘round the Woodman dining table when Judi’s daughter Wendy married Ted Viator. After all, Ted’s mom Bessie, was an extraordinary cook. Although Bessie (whose maiden name was Chionopulos) grew to love the Boutchie New Year’s Rappie Pie tradition (which Wendy and Ted now host), it was said to be slightly easier for the Woodman clan to instantly fall in love with her exquisite Greek dishes, including this tried-and-true family pleaser.

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Fried Dough 0

Fried Dough Recipe by Steve and Rhonda Woodman
Here’s an under-appreciated fun-fact for any “BoSox” fans among us. The next time you come to Boston’s Fenway Park, take a moment to gaze at the old Green Monster scoreboard. If you look closely at the American League Scores section you’ll see that two of the vertical, white columns contain dots and dashes.

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Clams Casino 0

Clams Casino Recipe by Maureen Woodman

Clams Casino Recipe

Clams Casino

Clam Casino Ingredients

24 top neck clams

½ cup plain breadcrumbs

½ teaspoon parsley

½ teaspoon onion flakes

6 strips of bacon

Olive oil

Lemon slices

How to Make Clams Casino

Shuck the clams. In one half of the clamshell put the clam meat back into the shell.

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If These Old Walls Could Talk 0

Built by the Burnham family in the 19th century, the house that overlooks today’s parking lot from its own little hill was home to Ellis and his wife and sisters prior to Chubby and Bessie’s arrival. When they moved in, the Woodmans introduced a refreshing new element to the old place: children.

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Nana Bessie’s Clam Cakes 0

Clam Cake Recipe by Nana Bessie

Clam Cake Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoons salt

1 cup minced clams, strained. Reserve clam juice

3 tablespoons of the reserved clam juice (if you don’t get enough reserved clam juice add a little water)

1 egg

Lard (or Crisco)

How to Make Clam Cakes

woodmans-clam-cakesIn a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

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Nana Gini’s Coconut Macaroons 0

Coconut Macaroons Recipe by Nana Gini

While the Woodman kids debated over whether or not certain cakes or cookies were for them or for the church they never had that problem with their mother’s coconut macaroons. They were always for the church!

Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroon Ingredients

1 1⁄3 cups flaked coconut

1⁄3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1⁄8 teaspoon salt

2 egg whites

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make Coconut Macaroons

Preheat the oven to 325˚F.

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Chubby and Bessie’s Fried Clam Recipe 0

Fried Clams Recipe by Chubby and Bessie Woodman 

Fried Clams Ingredients

26 ounces whole belly clams

12 ounces evaporated milk

4 cups corn flour

Lard (Crisco can be used). Do not use olive oil.

How to Make Fried Clams

woodmans fried clams recipeIn a 4 quart saucepan, melt 2 ¾ lb. lard or vegetable oil to a depth of 2 inches in the pan.

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