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

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

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

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

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

Kid's Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char

October 12 @ 11:00 AM

Learn an authentic guacamole recipe, how to make pico de gallo, grilled fajita strips, plus authentic accompaniments to tacos, fajitas or nachos. Secrets to the best crispy fried, honey-glazed ice cream will be revealed at the end of class for a “much bueno postre” (very good treat). Bring your appetite and be ready to have some fun. Ages 7+

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Cast Iron Cooking with Chef Char

October 19 @ 11:00 AM

Cast iron pans are awesome, heavy duty vessels for making delicious meals at home. Learn about proper care for cleaning and seasoning your cast iron pans. Bring in your favorite cast iron pan and we will fill it with Dutch baby pancakes while we prepare fried apples, jalapeño corn bread and chicken pot pie with a homemade butter crust in the classroom cast iron pans.

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Pasta Making with Chef Char

October 26 @ 11:00 AM

Homemade pasta is easy and delicious. In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch. Take the pasta a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. We will also make a big batch of homemade marinara sauce to try in class and take some home for later. We will be using Kitchenaid attachments and our old fashioned pasta rollers including rolling pin!

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