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Hometown Recipes

Recipes by Chef Dawn Walker

Hometown Recipes with Chef Dawn Walker

Every week Chef Dawn Walker delivers one of her best recipes for you to enjoy.

With healthy options and great taste, Chef Dawn Walker will bring you the best recipes in Santa Clarita.


    Hometown Recipes: Pot Roast

    When I was growing up my parents would make pot roast every now and again, but mostly on Sundays. It was an economical and convenient meal as the ingredients were Erin Walgamuthinexpensive and everything was in one pot! I remember that our house would always smell wonderful when there was a pot roast in the oven. Well, it is still, to this day, an economical meal to make for a family, and yes, your home will be filled with the lovely aroma of braising meat and vegetables. Enjoy!

    Hometown Recipes: Old Fashioned Butterscotch Pudding With a Modern Twist

    Erin WalgamuthBY ERIN WALGAMUTH

    I have mentioned before that when I was a youngster I loved making pudding. Most of the pudding recipes I used came from my mom’s paperback Betty Crocker cookbook. I still have the book which is held together with a rubber band.  Ah, the memories!

    Lately I have seen recipes in cooking magazines for Butterscotch Pudding which set off a yearning for the ones I made long, long ago. I decided to dress this one up a bit with the addition of dark chocolate and sea salt, yum!

    This recipe is super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. I will serve this pudding all dressed up with the chocolate to dinner guests, but plain and unadorned, it’s still a delicious, healthy dessert for the whole family! Enjoy.

    Hometown Recipes: Quick And Easy Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Soup

    Erin WalgamuthBY: ERIN WALGAMUTH

    Last night my youngest daughter and I were the only ones home at dinner time. We had decided earlier in the day that we were going to make grilled sandwiches, heat up some soup and watch one of our favorite chick-flicks, Practical Magic. Since it was a cold, blustery night this seemed like the perfect plan, and it was!

    Hometown Recipes: Simple Pasta and Zucchini Casserole

    by Erin Walgamuth

    This recipe is for a casserole that I threw together over the Christmas holiday when we had a commitment-free evening - which I must say, were few and far between!Erin Walgamuth

    The lovely thing about this dish is that it can be customized easily. I have made it with sliced sweet Italian chicken sausage, and have made it vegetarian. Last night, since I didn’t have sausage, I included grated fresh zucchini, and it was delicious!

    Hometown Recipes: Refreshing Fig and Orange Vinaigrette

    by Erin Walgamuth

    My family and I were at our friend’s Rose and David’s house for a wonderful get-together last weekend. As usual, we all had a wonderful time visiting with our old friends and thoroughly enjoying the fantastic food made by Rose.Erin Walgamuth

    Hometown Recipes: Betty Jean's Chocolate Pie

    First of all, I'm very honored to be trading my morning DJ hat for "Guest Dessert Chef" this week.George Cummings

    Hometown Recipes: Grandma Walgamuth’s Persimmon Cookies

    By: Erin Walgamuth

    These delicious cookies are perfect for fall and the holiday season. They are tender, slightly sweet and a bit spicy. I must say that they are wonderful with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

    Hometown Recipes: Cranberry Orange Tea Bread


    By Erin Walgamuth

    The recipe below is my version of a nut bread recipe (but completely different) which is in my mom’s Better HomesErin Walgamuth and Gardens cookbook from the 1960’s. I love to take the old classics and dress them up a bit, shall we say.