About Chef Char

I have been cooking for the absolute love and fun of it for many years. I grew up in a farming community on Michigan’s west side where much of my food has always come from sources such as my dad’s enormous garden, the vast orchards of a few farmer friends, the depths of the waters of the Big Lake and even the humble woods of my back yard.

Featured Recipes

Cook Time: Approx. 35 min.
Ingredients Walnuts Garlic Fresh Basil Fresh Squeezed Lemon Olive Oil

Cook Time: Approx. 20 min.
Ingredients
Egg Bacon Tomato Cheese Pesto Sandwich Bun

Cook Time: Approx. 45 min.
Ingredients Spaghetti Noodles Chicken Breast Lemon Juice Fresh Tomato Garlic Pesto

Newest Recipes

Pesto

Pesto Ingredients: 1 cup raw walnuts 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 9 cloves) 3 oz. fresh basil, large or woody stems removed 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon 1 1/2 cups extra virgin...

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Pesto Egg Sammie

Pesto Egg Sammie Ingredients: 1 egg, fried 2 pieces of bacon, cooked crispy 2 slices fresh tomato 1 slice cheese (white cheddar, colby or pepper jack) 1 Tablespoon pesto 1 thin sandwich bun Directions: After frying an egg, remove egg from pan and place the...

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Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 package spaghetti noodles, cooked 8 ounces cooked chicken breasts, (bones and skin removed) 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon olive oil 4 cups fresh tomatoes, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup pesto...

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Cherry Almond Granola

Cherry Almond Granola Ingredients 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup slivered almonds (substitute with rice krispy cereal if no nuts can be used) 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/4 cup...

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In the Community

Pies

Each pie is filled with locally available fruits that were harvested at the peak of freshness.  Pie dough from scratch, made with butter and a hint of pure vanilla, is rolled by hand for each pie as it is prepared for baking.  All pies are made with love and locally sourced ingredients, giving you the true farm to table experience.  Chef Char ensures the freshest pies available, so please check the website often for available flavors.

Upcoming Classes

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

March 23 @ 11:00 AM

Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment? Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it? Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas? In this two-hour class, Chef char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting. Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker. These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past. Come to class hungry!

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Retro and Classic Casserole Night with Chef Char

April 01 @ 6:00 PM

Do you wish you could recreate some of your favorite casseroles from childhood? Want to know how your mom and grandma made their “one dish wonder” that fed the whole family? Join us for this special class that puts together all your favorite taste bud memories into classic dishes. If you have a favorite vintage/retro casserole dish/jello mold, bring it to class. It will be a fun evening and we will serve up some wine to go with our creations!

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Kitchen Skills 101 with Chef Char

April 04 @ 6:00 PM

Kitchen Skills 101: The Basics – Be nervous with a knife no more and learn how to properly utilize your staple kitchen tools. We will cover various knife cuts with different vegetables and fruits. We will talk about the right kife for the right job and which knives to use for specific culinary duties in the kitchen. We will cook up whatever we cut up, so a simple lesson on saute and a recipe for pad tossed veggies will follow all cutting, dicing and chopping that we do in class.

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