The Hill Team was fortunate in June to sail on the Stephen Taber. All of our meals were prepared on a wood stove. Many of the recipes are new and others are from when Captain Noah Barnes’ parents owned and sailed the schooner, Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes.

This recipe for the lemon bars we devoured  is from Ellen. She prepared a wonderful cookbook called “Classic Maine Coastal Cooking.” What a treasure it is.

Ellen says, “These little gooey goodies are the Captain’s favorite. All of our children have learned to make them very early in their cooking careers and can whip them out at strategic time in their lives.

Lemon Squares

Yield: One 8-inch square pan


1 cup flour

1/2 cup cold butter

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons lemon juice, more if you like it real remony

1 cup of sugar

dash of salt


Mix flour and sugar in bowl and blend in butter with fingertips.

Pat into bottom of baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and salt together and pour over baked crust.

Return all this to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Let cool completely and cut into squares.

We enjoyed these lemon bars at lunch. Our evenings were filled with wine tastings selected and led by Jane. Captain Noah and Jane Barnes have done a wonderful job carrying on a family love with the Stephen Taber.

Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes now own the Capt. Lindsey House on Lindsey Street in Rockland. It is one of the Historic Inns of Rockland all of which are great.

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