Home Is Where The Food Is

Assisted Living and Memory Care

About the Program

Our Home Is Where The Food Is program was designed to bring the Oakview Park family together through friends, fellowship and delicious food. Every month, residents are invited to submit their favorite recipes to share with the community. Our chefs then include the selected recipes on the seasonal dining menu that month!

August Recipe

Southern Steak
& Milk Gravy 

Wilma was born in Laurel, Mississippi, and was married to Karl, who served for a short period in the Navy. Wilma spent much of her life as a bank receptionist and grew up attending Central Baptist church. She also sports some musical talents – she plays piano and sings, and her favorite type of music is classical. Wilma spends her free time watching TV, reading, and doing arts and crafts. Here at Spring Park, she especially enjoys Joy Rides, BINGO, special events, and our field trips to Furman’s “Music by the Lake.” Wilma joined us on September 1, 2017, and we have loved having her as a resident for the past (nearly) two years!


4 Pieces Cubed Steak
1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour 
1 1/2 cups Milk approximately
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

1. Place enough oil in a pan to coat the bottom, put that over medium heat while you prepare your steak.

2. In a bowl, place 1 cup flour, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/ 4 teaspoon pepper and stir. Dip each piece of steak into flour on both sides to coat it well.

3. Place each piece of steak in heated pan and cook until browned on both sides. Remove steak to a plate while you make your gravy. 

4. Place about 1/4 cup flour into skillet with meat drippings. Add a little more salt and pepper, then stir over medium heat until the flour is slightly browned. Slowly pour in 1 1/2 cups of milk, stirring constantly. Continue stirring, with a wire whisk to help avoid lumps, over the lowest heat setting until thickened. Add a little more milk if you prefer thinner gravy. Return steak to the pan and turn to coat with gravy on both sides.

5. Serve steak and gravy together in a bowl or serve gravy on the side to go with Mashed potatoes or rice. Add soft asparagus and enjoy.

July Recipe

Banana Pudding

This recipe comes from Oscar, who has been at Spring Park since October 2017. He was married for 69 years to his wife Ruby, they had 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Oscar was in the US Army for three years and is a World War II veteran. One of his most exciting memories is coming home from World War II.

Oscar’s favorite kind of music is piano, country and gospel. He’s a member of Berea First Baptist Church where he gets to sing his favorite song, How Great Thou Art. He enjoys golfing and reading about history and sports. Some of his best memories are of meeting the actress Mae West and receiving a letter from professional golfer, Arnold Palmer.

When asked what life advice he would like to impart, Oscar said to “treat everyone equally.” Thank you for this special recipe Oscar!


4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt
2 cups of whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
30 to 40 vanilla wafers
3 to 4 medium ripe bananas

1. Separate the yolks from the whites of the three eggs set aside the white add the remaining whole egg to the yolks.

2. In a saucepan Wisk together 1/2 a cup of sugar, the flour and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Stir in the whole egg and 3 yolks, and then stir in the milk. Cook uncovered, stirring often, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

3. Preheat oven to 425°F

4. Spread a thin layer of banana putting in a 1 ½ quart casserole dish. Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers on top of the pudding. Thinly slice bananas crosswise, about 1/8 of an inch thick, and arrange a layer of banana slices over the wafers. Spread 1/3 of the remaining pudding over the bananas and continue layering wafers, bananas and pudding, ending with pudding.

5. To make the margarine, beat the reserved egg whites with a pinch of salt until they are stiff. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until the whites will not slide out of the mixing bowl with it is tilted.

6. Spread them around over the pudding with spatula, making a few decorative peaks on the top, and bake until the margarine is lightly browned, 5 minutes.