Old Fashioned Ogden Eats

A local senior living home in Ogden, Utah holds a plethora of old fashioned recipes, waiting to be discovered or maybe revisited. The residents at Legacy House of Ogden, an assisted living and memory care community, have years of experience in the kitchen and secret recipes that will start unfolding here on Indie Ogden, once a month.

Old Fashioned Ogden Eats

“Our retirement community has deep roots in Ogden, because of the dear residents we have the opportunity to care for,” said Haley Rodgers, community relations director for Legacy House, “And you know each of these residents have some hidden treasures in their recipe books. I’m excited to share these with you and especially to have the opportunity to highlight each of the wonderful families we serve.”

Callahan family, Christmas 1979

The Callahan Family on Christmas in 1979. Parents: Bob and Jan with children (left to right): Mary and Kerry.

The Callahan’s and their Chili Relleno Casserole

California natives, the Callahan family moved to Ogden, Utah in 1988 for Jan’s career with the Union Pacific Railroad. Jan recalls this dish being a popular one with her “railroad family,” as well as at home. Legacy House of Ogden has had the pleasure of knowing the Callahan’s since their father, Bob, who recently passed, moved into our community in 2010. Since 2014 it’s been a delight to have Jan as a resident as well.

Mary Callahan-Lopez, remembers mom’s love in the kitchen: “As a child mom’s cooking was the center of all family gatherings. Mom was a FABULOUS cook and never left us disappointed. Among many delicious family favorites, there’s one recipe that always stood out from the crowd. It’s my mom’s go-to breakfast casserole called Chile Relleno casserole. It’s super simple and was enjoyed at about every Christmas and Easter morning or anytime we had over-night guests, that I can remember as a child. Today it’s my go-to casserole recipe for church or work breakfast functions. And, you better believe that you will find it on our breakfast table every Christmas and Easter morning.”

Chili Relleno Casserole

(Similar to John Wayne Casserole)


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 lg. can evaporated milk
  • 1 jar salsa (medium jar) or canned chopped chiles
  • 1 pkg. shredded sharp cheese
  • 1 small can tomato sauce


Pour salsa in bottom of 9 x 9 baking dish and cover with shredded cheese, do not mix. Separate egg whites. In separate bowl beat together egg yolks, flour, evaporated milk and pinch of salt; set aside. Beat egg whites unit stiff. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites. Pour mixture over salsa and cheese. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Pour tomato sauce over the top and bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes. Let set 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with English muffins and your favorite breakfast meat.

(If you use a 10 x 13 baking dish use 5 eggs for a thicker casserole)

Hint: Mix up the ingredients the night before and leave it covered in the refrigerator.  In the morning cook it as directed.

Jan Callahan, 2015

Loving Mother & Legacy House of Ogden resident, Jan Callahan

LegacyOGDEN-LARGE Legacy House of Ogden has been serving local seniors since 2001. Across the street from Ogden Regional Hospital, 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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