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Our Recipes

Chef’s Corner

Food Service Director
Our Head Chef Jack Burton is pleased to develop healthy, nutritious meals that appeal to the palates of our residents and their guests. Here are a few of our favorite recipes!

Primrose Roasted Tomato Sauce


  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 T Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 T fresh basil
  • 12 ounces cheese ravioli or dried pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Halve half of tomatoes. Arrange cut tomatoes, whole tomatoes and shallots on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; toss. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Cook ravioli or pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain ravioli, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add ravioli to tomatoes; toss. Add cooking liquid if needed. Garnish with chopped basil.

Serve and enjoy!

Primrose Corn Chowder

Recipes for Dementia Patients
Saute lightly (do not brown):

  • 1/8 lb butter
  • 1/4 lb of each onion and celery (diced)
  • 1/2 cup leek
  • diced 1/2 lb potatoes (large dice)

Add and cook 5 minutes:
1/4 cup flour

Add and bring to a boil:
Simmer 30 minutes:

  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 qt chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb cut corn
  • 1 poblano chile, roasted, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 tsp each, cumin, coriander, and Tabasco

Remove from heat and finish with:

  • 1/2 cup cream or half and half
  • 1/4 lb cheddar cheese

Serve and enjoy!

Primrose Dream Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Blend in the mixer until smooth and then press into a sprayed 1/2 sized sheet pan:
1 Lb butter, Softened
2 cups brown Sugar
4 cups all purpose flour

Bake in crust in the oven for 10 minutes. Combine the following ingredients in the mixer and blend well:
8 eggs
4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
4 cups coconut, shredded
4 cups almonds, slivered

Pour filling over crust and bake 35 minutes or until set and lightly browned.

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
– James Beard