Natalie Kidman, current resident at Legacy House of Ogden and resident of South Ogden for more than 60 years, shares her simply delicious blueberry dessert in this edition of Old Fashioned Ogden Eats. There are many recipes that resident Natalie loved to make and that others rave about. Out of them all, she decided to share this dessert because it’s one that may be fun to make with kids or that can be easily impressive for a dinner party.
The Kidman’s History in Ogden
After WWII, Natalie and Lloyd Kidman moved to South Ogden with their first-born child, Jerry, in 1954.
Their first home in South Ogden was near the old Bonneville Park, in military housing. Eventually they moved to a home only blocks away from Legacy House of Ogden, on 39th and Adams Avenue. The Kidman’s raised their four children there. However, the Kidman’s house was always filled with additional children. “I knew where all the kids in the neighborhood were, all the time, because they were always at my house!” Natalie recalled her houseful with joy.
She had a passion for cooking; it was her way of showing care and love to her family and neighbors. In her old kitchen, she had every cooking “gizmo and gadget” you could ever need. She misses spending time in the kitchen, but knows her family is continuing her legacy as they cook her dozens of recipes.
Natalie’s Easy Fix Dessert
Canned or homemade blueberry pie filling *see homemade recipe at the bottom
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/3 cup melted butter
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour blueberry pie filling into the bottom of a 9 1/2” X 13” pan. Sprinkle yellow cake mix (dry, nothing added to the mix) over the top of the filling. Then drizzle a layer of melted butter. Put into the oven to bake – following cake mix instructions as you would normally. Once baked, let cool and add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream when served.
*Homemade blueberry pie filling
4 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch or 6 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions: Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Add water gradually. Bring to boil, add blueberries and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until clear and thickened, stirring constantly but carefully to prevent berries from crushing. Remove from heat, add lemon juice.
Legacy House of Ogden has been serving local seniors since 2001. Across the street from Ogden Regional Medical Center, Legacy House of Ogden provides assisted living and memory care services. Residents enjoy daily activities, restaurant-style dining, beautifully decorated living areas and a variety of apartment floor plans—all in a home-like setting. At Legacy House of Ogden, we believe that the more our residents can be independent, the healthier they are and the better they feel. No matter what stage of life we’re in, maximizing independence, maintaining dignity and having choices are important. We provide customized care, making sure we cater to them like we would our own family.
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