Delmarva Cooks: Flavors of the Shore

Welcome to “Delmarva Cooks: Flavors of the Shore” – a food series highlighting the traditional ingredients found in many of the Eastern Shore’s most recognizable dishes, as well as culinary traditions of other communities that have made the Shore their home.

This series is a revamp of a program the Ward Museum did more than a decade ago. Back then, we hosted cooking demonstrations about scrapple, Smith Island cake, and more. Today we bring the series back in a new, digital format. In doing so, we could think of no better dish to start with than the Eastern Shore favorite, chicken & dumplings!

Each month we will showcase a specific dish with ties to Delmarva. The videos will feature a demonstration led by local chefs and home cooks, as well as provide some background of the traditional ingredients or methods, and significance to the region. Delmarva Cooks will highlight local favorites and Eastern Shore staples…everything from chicken & dumplings and strawberries, to tuna prepared straight off the boat.

In addition to ingredients indigenous to Delmarva, we will also feature the culinary traditions of other communities who now call the shore home; Indian curries, Jamaican delicacies, and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony are just of few of the food adventures to look forward to.


We hope you enjoy our first episode as we talk chicken & dumplings with local legend Tracy Townsend-Ruiz and chef Phil Cropper.

Delmarva Cooks is produced as part of the Lower Shore Traditions folklife program at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University – the Lower Eastern Shore’s folklife center in the Maryland Folklife Network. LST is supported in part by grants form Maryland Traditions/the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, and through the generosity of members and friends like you. Thank you!