Apple Crisp

  • 4 – 6  large Jonagold apples
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1¼ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tbsp cold butter – 1 stick, chunked into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and core apples. Slice apples into ¼-inch slices. In a large bowl or ziplock bag, toss apples in lemon juice, white sugar, 2 tbsp flour & ½ tsp cinnamon. Evenly spread out the coated apples into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix nuts, flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), gently cut in the cold butter. Mixture will be lumpy. Top the apples with this mixture and bake for 45 minutes.

Imagine serving your guests this piping hot out of a fabulous cast iron skillet and a side of French vanilla ice cream. Yummy!

Bay of Fundy Bacon Wrapped Scallops (with Maple Syrup from Briggs Maple)

Rinse 1 – 2 lbs of fresh scallops and marinate for at least one hour (in fridge) in:
¾ cup Briggs Maple syrup
¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange a pack of bacon on baking sheet (do not overlap) and bake for 6-8 minutes until bacon is soft and pliable. Remove from oven and pat with paper towel to remove excess grease.
Wrap each marinated scallop with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick (If you plan to BBQ the scallops, it helps to soak the toothpicks in water for 30 minutes before cooking on the grill)
Bake at 375°F on a covered baking sheet for 10-15 minutes or grill on the BBQ on med-high heat for 4-5 mins per side depending on the size of the scallop (turning frequently and ensure grill marks are on the bacon and not on the scallop to prevent sticking to the grill).
Transfer to platter, sprinkle with ground pepper and drizzle with Briggs Maple syrup. Your guests will certainly appreciate this appetizer.

Bay of Fundy Clam Chowder

  • 1 pint shucked clams
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Milk or cream to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Steam enough clams to make a pint after shucking. Save filtered broth, keeping clams aside. Add potatoes, garlic and onions to filtered clam broth. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender. In a separate saucepan, warm milk until bubbles form. Add milk to broth mixture. Flavor with salt and pepper.

Blueberry Cake

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ tsp lemon extract
  • 4 cups blueberries

Beat together butter, sugar and eggs. Add milk and lemon extract. Sift together flour, soda and salt and gradually  add into wet ingredients. Once smooth, fold in blueberries and gently pour batter into a greased 9 inch pan.

Topping – 2 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle on to batter in pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350°F. Remove from oven and drizzle ½ tbsp melted butter and 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice on top of cake crumble. Just try not to eat the whole cake…

Bumbleberry Pie
Originating from the Maritimes, this pie is made of at least three kinds of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.) and commonly includes apple and/or rhubarb.

  • 2  9″ pie crusts – prick bottom of dough in pie dish. Keep second crust for top of pie – Keep in fridge until you’re ready to use
  • 1½ cup strawberries, halved
  • 1½ cup blueberries
  • 1½ cup raspberries
  • 1½ cup blackberries
  • 1 cup rhubarb, 1″ pieces
  • 2TBSP lemon juice – optional, 1 tsp of lemon zest
  • ¾ cup – 1 cup white granulated sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
  • ½ cup flour

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine all the fruits, sugar, lemon juice, and flour in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. Remove pie crusts from fridge and pour mixture into the pie dish. Roll out second crust and cover the pie, or use cookie cutter to cover the pie with decorative pastry pieces. You can brush the top of the pie with a mixture of milk and course sugar before baking. For easy clean up, bake this pie on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper because there will be leakage. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes. Let the pie cool completely before slicing and serving for perfect slices.

Tip: Serve this bright, jewel toned pie with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chicken Fricot
(serves 6-8)
Bone-in Chicken (1.8kg) or 1 large cooked rotisserie chicken
Summer Savory (to taste)
2 yellow onions (chopped) or onion powder (to taste)
5 lbs potatoes (diced)
6-8 carrots (diced)
4 stalks celery
1 small rutabaga, coarsely chopped into cubes
Salt (to taste)

Cook chicken in large stock pot just covered in water. Add 2 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp summer savory. Bring to boil (rolling) for approx. 1 hour (until meat falls off bones). Let cool, then de-bone & refrigerate shredded chicken. Strain chicken stock through sieve to remove bits of fat. Use this as base for your soup. (If using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, de-bone and shred chicken. Then, cover bones in water with salt & summer savory and boil for 45-60 minutes, adding water if needed. Strain).

Add rutabaga and carrots to broth. After 15 minutes, add diced potatoes, chopped celery & onions to broth. Simmer until potatoes are almost done (do not overcook).
Test for flavour and add more salt, summer savory and onion powder as needed.

Add shredded chicken, bring to boil, lower temperature and simmer for 10 minutes, testing for desired taste. This point would be the best time to add dumplings. Recipe below.

You can serve this with a fresh biscuit or dumplings.


  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4Tbsp butter, chilled
  • ¾ cup buttermilk or you can sour milk by adding 1Tbsp of white vinegar to milk and let stand for 5 minutes.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter, then mix in milk with a fork until the dough forms a ball. Dust your surface with flour and dump out the mixture. Form small balls of dough without working the dough too much – about the size of a donut-hole.
When the soup is to the point that it is hot, but not boiling, place the dumplings on top of the soup in one layer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. The dumplings should expand 3x their size.


Chocolate War Cake

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar       
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking power and salt in a bowl. Combine the water and vinegar in a separate bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; pour oil, water, vanilla extract and vinegar there. Stir together to form a smooth batter. Bake in an 8″ x 8″ cake pan for 40 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Before serving, dust the top with confectioners’ sugar.

Traditional War Cake recipe at the bottom of this page.

Donair Sauce

  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic power

Whisk ingredients together until smooth consistency. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve with your favorite ‘garlic finger’ recipe.

Fiddlehead Soup

  • 1 pound fiddleheads, washed and trimmed
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp dried tarragon
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried chervil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Cook fiddleheads and potatoes in 2 cups water until tender. Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan and whisk in flour. Slowly whisk in 2 cups milk and cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, whisking often.

Place cooked potatoes and fiddleheads in a blender with their cooking liquid and puree. Return to large saucepan, add thickened sauce, remaining milk, cream, salt and pepper and herbs, Reheat, being careful not to boil mixture. Stir with wooden spoon.

Friday Night Chicken Wings

  • 3 cups cooking oil
  • 2 cups sweet chili sauce (VH sweet thai or homemade recipe below)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1-2 limes
  • Salt
  • 24 chicken wings with drumette attached

Sweet Chili Sauce: (from Maryann Dover, Saint John NB – printed in the Rural Delivery, September 2018)
½ pound fresh hot peppers
1 bulb garlic
2 tsp salt
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
Chop peppers and garlic to a coarse mix. Mix all ingredients together in saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes. Bottle, seal, and let set for two weeks before eating.

Heat oil in crock pot (line with foil) for 25 minutes until wings are almost fully cooked. Drain wings on cooling rack and allow grease to drip dry. Once room temperature, toss wings with chili sauce and juice of 1 lime. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. When ready to grill, heat grill to high and char each side (or bake in oven at 425°F on foil lined sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt, garnish with lime slices & serve with Twice Baked Potatoes – recipe below.

Gramma’s Sugar Pie

  • Pastry for single-crust pie
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cup dark corn syrup or golden syrup
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter
  • Whipped cream
  • Toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts)

Grease a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom and coat with flour, tapping out excess flour. Roll the pastry into a circle until it reaches 1/8 inches thickness. Ease into the pan and press dough into the scalloped edges of the pan. Cut away overhanging dough. Prick the pastry on the bottom of the pan with a fork. Refrigerate.  In a bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks until slightly frothy. Add brown sugar, syrup, salt, vanilla and juice; stir until well mixed and smooth consistency. Melt butter in small saucepan and add butter to egg mixture.  Pour filling into prepared tart pan. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes or until crust is brown and filling has set. Cool tart for 1 hour on a rack, then refrigerate for minimum 3 hours before serving.  Serve with a heaping dollop of whipped cream and a few toasted nuts to balance the dish.

Gumdrop Cake

I always use Ganong gumdrops because they are made right here in the Maritimes and they are really good quality. I omit the black & pink gumdrops (black has strong licorice taste and pink has a peppermint taste). Cut your gumdrops into halves or quarters using well ‘floured’ scissors and toss the gumdrops into ¼ cup of flour. Keep dipping your scissor blades into flour to avoid them getting too sticky. If you skip this step of dredging the gumdrops, your gumdrops will fall to the bottom of the cake when it’s baking. I prefer to use a funnel cake pan for this cake, for presentation and because it’s a thick batter cake, I find it helps the cake to cook evenly without having to overcook.

  • ¼ cup flour for dredging cut 1 lb gumdrops (go ahead and start with this step

Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream together the following:

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla, good quality
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest

Pour in 1 cup (room temp) milk to batter and mix until smooth.

Sift 2¼ cups flour with 2½ tsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt.

Add flour mixture to the batter and beat until well mixed and smooth. Gently fold in the floured gumdrops. Do not over-mix once the gumdrops are added. Pour into a greased funnel pan and bake at 300°F for 2 hours. Use a toothpick to check for uncooked batter. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s done. If raw batter comes out on the toothpick, bake for an additional 10 minutes and recheck with clean toothpick. Let cake sit for 30 minutes before removing from the pan. This cake will slice better on the second day. My dear friend Barb taught me many years ago how to make this cake and it’s still one of my favorite holiday tradition. Your guests will love this with a piping hot cup of tea.

Hodge Podge

  • 1 cup each fresh green beans, yellow beans – ends snapped
  • 1 cup chunked fresh carrots from the garden or baby carrots
  • 2 cups washed new potatoes (leave skins on)
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup of cereal cream (10%)
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • ½ cup water or chicken stock
  1. Cover beans and carrots with salted water in a pot, bring to a boil for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for another 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in butter and cream.
  3. Whisk flour and ½ cup water or chicken stock. Pour over veggies.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes to thicken sauce.
  5. Remove from stove top and serve hot!

Variations: Chunked turnip can be added when beans and carrots are added. Fresh peas can be added when potatoes are added. Traditional Nova Scotian Hodge Podge is made by adding crispy bits of bacon in the last 5 minutes of cooking.


Lady Ashburnham’s Relish

  • 6 large cucumbers, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 4 cups sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2½ cups white vinegar
  • 2½ cups white sugar
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp whole mustard seed
  • 1 tsp whole celery seed
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Prepare the cucumbers the day prior to making the relish by placing the chopped cucumbers in a large bowl and cover them with all of the salt. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight.

Pour the bowl of cucumber pieces (an the liquid left in the bowl) into a large pot. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until the onions are transparent. Pour into 4 sterilized pint-sized jars. Seal and place in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Remove the jars from the canner and place on a rack to cool.

This mustard relish is tart, and is delicious on hot dogs, hamburgers, and mashed potatoes!


Lemon Curd

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice, juice from ~4 freshly squeezed lemons
  • 10 egg yolks
  • Zest of 2 large lemons

Melt butter in a saucepan, add ½ cup of the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally until completely combined.

In a bowl, combine the egg yolks with the remaining ½ cup sugar. Slowly pour the hot lemon juice mixture into the egg yolks, while continuously whisking the mixture. Once fully combined, heat the mixture in the saucepan over medium heat and cook until thickened. Remove from heat. Cool before serving.

Tips: Pass the hot mixture through a mesh sieve to remove any egg clumps or zest.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 4 months. This tart creamy lemon curd can be used on scones, muffins, croissants, or use as a topping for a cheesecake or tart.

Lobster Rolls

  • 3 cups cold cooked lobster meat, bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ finely cupped celery
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 hotdog style buns, toasted
  • chopped chives to sprinkle on top

Combine lobster, celery, mayo in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Place lettuce on rolls and fill with lobster mixture. Serve with oven baked French fries and coleslaw. A truly delicious maritime lunch!

Ginger Molasses Baked Beans
Mother’s Baked Beans

  • 1 pound New Brunswick soldier beans or navy beans
  • 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs celery leaves, 2 sprigs fresh parsley, all wrapped together in cheesecloth
  • ½ pound salt pork
  • ½ cup fancy molasses
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine

Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. In the morning, drain and add enough fresh water to cover generously, add cheesecloth bouquet. Cook over low heat until the skins break open, about 2 hours.

Drain beans, reserving the liquid. Cut the salt pork in to ¼ inch slices. Place beans and pork slices in a crockpot. Mix the molasses, brown sugar, mustard, pepper and onion with 1 cup of the reserved bean liquid. Pour mixture over beans. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 10 hours. Add more bean liquid if desired.

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of creamy peanut butter

Add the sugar and milk to a medium saucepan, mix well and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 2½ minutes, stirring constantly. Removed from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and peanut butter. Pour fudge into a glass container and allow it to set for at least one hour before cutting into squares.  – Thanks for sharing your recipe with us, Shannon Layton!

Dill Pickles-3
Pickles NOW!

  • 2 English cukes, sliced thin into rounds
  • 1 red or white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped fine
  • small knob of fresh gingerroot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 Tbsp coriander seeds

Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, seeds and bay leaves in a pot and bring to boil. Remove from heat and grate a pinch of ginger with fine grater. Toss cukes and onions in the hot liquid. Stir in dill. Refrigerate until cool and serve. Batch will keep for weeks in your fridge. If you don’t have all the listed ingredients, ask you neighbor – a true Maritime custom!

Salt Water Taffy

How did salt water taffy get its name? No one knows for certain, but one story holds that it came from David Bradley (No, not the same David Bradley, Harry Potter fans), a candy store owner in the late 19th century. The legend goes that Bradley’s candy store became flooded during a major storm in 1883. His entire stock taffy became soaked with seawater from the Atlantic Ocean, so he began to call it “salt water taffy” as a joke.

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp food coloring
  • ¾ tsp flavoring extract of your choice
  • ½ tsp salt

Thoroughly butter a small baking dish and set aside. Place sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, butter, water, and salt in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Mix thoroughly. Heat until the mixture reaches 255°F on a candy thermometer and immediately remove from the heat.  Note: If you read other salt water taffy recipes, you’ll see a range of temperatures.  The higher the temperature, the harder the taffy will be.  255°F makes a candy that holds its shape but dissolves in your mouth. Cut into 1″ pieces using buttered scissors –Wrap individually in waxed paper.

Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter
  • ½ cup 2% Baxter milk
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 strips of cooked crumbled bacon
  • ¼ cup diced green onion
  • salt & pepper to taste (also try paprika or garlic salt)

Rub the clean potatoes with olive oil, and bake in a 400°F oven for one hour (Reduce oven heat to 350°F at this time). Once cooled enough to handle, slice them in half lengthwise with a sharp knife and scoop out the meat of the potato — leave enough of the shell to ensure they are sturdy to be filled and re-baked. Mix together by hand until a creamy texture; butter, milk, sour cream & potato. Over mixing will cause the potato mixture to have a sticky, pasty consistency. Gently fold in the cheddar cheese & half of the bacon. Season mixture with s & p. Refill the potato skins and bake for 20 minutes at 350. Garnish with additional crumbled bacon and diced green onion. Be sure that you have invited enough guests to help you eat these; your waist line will thank you!

Rhubarb Jelly

  • 4 lbs rhubarb
  • 7 cups (It’s a lot, I know!) white granulated sugar
  • 2 3-ounce packages of liquid pectin
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Prepare rhubarb in to small chunks, and blend in a food processor. Place rhubarb in a fine mesh sieve and press out as much liquid as possible. Measure out 3½ cups of liquid (you may add rose wine or apple juice if you are short on liquid). Pour liquid into dutch oven or large heavy pot. Stir in sugar and bring to rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add coloring if desired. Skim the top. Pour quickly into hot preserving jars, leaving ¼ inch space. Seal and process. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t taste like Grandma’s; nothing can ever compete with Grandma’s cooking.

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War Cake 

  • ¾ cup shortening (used due to longer shelf life)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 pound large, sticky raisins (knows as Lexia raisins)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmug
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ⅛ tsp mace
  • ⅛ tsp cardamon
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp soda

In a large saucepan, place the shortening, brown sugar, raisins, salt & spices. Pour boiling water into saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool for several hours until it is room temperature.

Preheat oven to 335F. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, add the flour and baking soda to the raisin mixture. Spoon the mixture into a greased pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness. If required, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, but watch closely as this cake will dry out quickly.

Allow cake to cool completely before cutting.

Tips: Using a Bundt ban will help this cake bake more evenly and prevent sides from drying out. If the cake starts to darken too quickly, place a piece of tin foil loosely over the pan. You can also add a small pan of water in the lower shelf of the oven to help keep the cake moist while baking.
In the Maritimes, this cake is traditionally served with a dollop of whipped cream or a chunk of cheddar cheese.

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  1. Had to check out this site. We are from Ontario however, we live in Morristown, TN, USA. You are fortunate to be in possession of a wonderful yarn dyer there. I just thought I would look up where she lives and wax a bit nostalgic for my home country. If fortunate, maybe this old lady can visit some day.

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