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Recipe Revival

Recipe Revival Celebrating our heritage through food

Kawartha Lakes has a rich history influenced by the region’s Indigenous heritage, immigration patterns, agricultural and industrial heritage, and natural assets. Around these themes, there are many unique and memorable food stories worth sharing with locals and visitors alike. Recipe Revival showcases the details of the region's history and how it has influenced local food and drink.

Using recipes from the City of Kawartha Lakes archives, as well as recipes submitted by the community, this program celebrates the exceptional heritage behind the food and offers new tasty treats to try!

Do you have a recipe with a unique story to share? Kawartha Lakes invites all residents to participate in this delicious project! Share your recipe to be included in the Recipe Revival collection.

Share your Recipe

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Contact the team

Laura Love

Economic Development Officer - Curatorial Services

Types of recipes you can submit to Recipe Revival:

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Baked Goods

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Preserves

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Holiday Meals & Dishes

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Appetizers & Sides

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Casseroles & Mains

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BBQ Dishes

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Salads & Dressings

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Meats & Marinades


Explore submitted recipes

Whether you've called Kawartha Lakes home for many years or you have just joined one of our communities- the heritage, traditions and recipes that you have brought with you adds flavour to our already colourful table. Explore some of the submitted recipes, learn the stories behind them, and try them out for yourself!

Agatha Rumney
Golden Marmalade, Kawartha Lakes Museum and Archives

This Golden Marmalade recipe was written by Agatha Rumney in 1924 on a Central Restaurant menu in Coboconk. Agatha was married to Earl Cecil Hugill, who ran the restaurant. This recipe is a time machine that takes us back to the flavors of Coboconk in the 1920s.

Edward Leslie
Edward Leslie's Gingerbread

Laura’s gingerbread recipe comes from her great-grandfather, Edward 'Curtis' Leslie, a chef from Fredericton, New Brunswick, born in 1899. Edward turned his love for baking into a job and opened his own bakery. Now, Laura keeps his recipe books as family treasures. This gingerbread is not just a tasty treat, it's a way of remembering someone special.

Gumdrop cake
Light Christmas Cake by Janet Cain

Janet shared her special cake recipe that's been passed down through her family. It's a festive Light Christmas Cake filled with raisins, fruit, gumdrops and coconut. Imagine making this cake with your family during the holidays!

Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd’s Pie by Rachel Kruyf

Rachel’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe comes with a heartwarming family story. The recipe was passed down by her mother, Josephine 'Jo' DeGroot, who told her that finding the bay leaf in the pie would bring good luck. Her mother made the story up so Rachel wouldn’t be grossed out by the leaf! Now a family joke, the bay leaf tradition lives on, showcasing the delightful way culinary customs are born.

Tea Biscuits
Freda Kelly's Tea Biscuits, Maryboro Lodge Collection
Every year, Maryboro Lodge celebrates their community heritage by offering a formal Afternoon Tea. With talented pianists that join on the first piano in the Village of Fenelon, a 1868 Chickerning Square Grand, this event is perhaps one of the longest running social traditions in Fenelon Falls.
Cliff and Barbara Hooey sitting on a bench by the lake
Nana's Fudge from Barbara Hooey
Barbara Hooey made this fudge recipe every year at Christmas time. The photo shows Nana and Grampa Hooey at their family cottage in Fenelon Falls with their dog, Misty. Contributed by Kirsten Meehan, some of her best memories were spent at the cottage together.
Coleslaw on a Bun
Coleslaw from The Lady Hughes Chapter, I.O.D.E. Coronation Cook Book
This recipe was taken from the The Lady Hughes Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) Coronation Cook Book. Formed in June 1943, members of the Lindsay chapter celebrated their tenth anniversary by compiling a list of their favourite recipes.
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Jennifer Johnson's Salsa

This is Jennifer's family recipe for salsa, using fresh ingredients straight from their garden. Choose your level of spice by adding as many, or as few, jalapenos as you like.

Portrait of Myrtle Dobbs Bailey
Myrtle's Mustard Sauce, an Easter Recipe

Myrtle made this mustard sauce recipe for her family, friends and community every Easter. It has been passed down from generation to generation and is made with the same love that Myrtle initially put into the sauce. This delicious recipe is a must-have addition to any ham, and like many recipes, is made with the hope of bringing people together.

Dinner Rolls
Great Aunt Maggie's Dinner Rolls
Deb Evan's dinner roll recipe has been passed down through generations by her family in Kinmount. From her great-aunt, to her mother (who only made them on special occasions), to herself and now to her granddaughters, Deb hopes that this recipe might find its way into your family dinners, as well, no matter the occasion!
Queen Mary's Needlework Guild War Cake
Queen Mary's Needlework Guild War Cake

A little card found in the Abbott Sister's Recipe Book with so much history! This recipe from the Queen Mary's Needlework Guild is another reminder that the war was never too far away from home.

Photograph of Grace and George Simmons
Grandma Grace's Hard Tack Cookies

Remembering special moments with her grandmother Grace Simmons (nee Hancock), Debbie always looked forward to visiting her grandmother in Irondale. The photo shows Debbie seated on her grandmother’s knee surrounded by big smiles on her grandparent’s faces, expressing just how much they enjoyed spending time together.

Chocolate Cake Drop Cookies
Chocolate Cake Drops, Kawartha Lakes Museum and Archives
This Chocolate Drop Cake recipe was written by Lilian Stewart (nee Greig) in 1905. Lilian, her husband Thomas and three children resided in Lindsay and loved entertaining friends and family in their home. This recipe would have been a wonderful addition to their gatherings, as well as enjoyed by the entire family.
Scotch Tea Squares
Effie's Scotch Tea Squares

Born Euphemia McQuarrie in 1885 to Laughlin McQuarrie and Isabella Campbell of Eldon, Effie was not only a teacher and world traveler but also a talented baker. Lovingly passed down through the McQuarrie family, Effie's Scotch Tea recipe is the perfect pairing to a hot cup of tea/coffee, and also, especially if right out of the oven, a bowl of vanilla ice cream!


Have a story to share? Check out our other programs for more information:

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