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

Crazy About Curry with Chef Char

April 18 @ 6:00 PM

Ready to spice up your dinner time and incorporate more vegetables and seasonings into your dishes? Learn to make an Indian Butter Chicken Curry, a Thai Coconut Chicken Curry and a Vegetarian Chickpea curry for healthy, hearty meals you can easily make at home.

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Cream Puffs & Eclairs for the Beginning Baker with Chef Char

April 20 @ 11:00 AM

Learn the basics to a simple French pastry, pate a choux, and the two types of creamy fillings that separate cream puffs from eclairs. Top your goodies with a homemade chocolate ganache or utilize fresh strawberries for a bakery-style dessert to take home and share with friends.

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Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

April 25 @ 6:00 PM

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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