Infusing alcohol is simple, fun, and affordable. By using fresh, natural ingredients, you can achieve a far superior flavor to what can be bought at the store. It’s magical (and delicious)!
In this class, you will learn how to infuse food and cocktails with vanilla beans, micro greens and flowers..
Herbs and Microgreens can pack in flavor and nutrition for your favorite dishes. Learn about how some of the plants are grown, what foods pair well with common local herbs and discuss the nutrition and possible health benefits with incorporation of these natural ingredients. In this class we will make basil pesto, herved compound butter and garnish healthy treats with microgreens to be enjoyed in class or taken home for later.
Sometimes it is fun to get out of the kitchen and cook outdoors for a delicious change of pace. Join Chef Char outdoors at the grill for this class. Try your hand at cooking on the Himalayan Salt Blocks, create some hearty camp-style dinners in foil, and learn the secrets to making amazing BBQ sauce and ribs. Also, grill up some peaches in a honey bourbon sauce for a sweet grilling treat!
July 24, 2018
Chill out with fresh produce purchased directly from the farmers at the Muskegon Farmers Market and make healthy treats for the freezer or the grill. On the first day of cooking camp, participants will also shiver and shake while making their own ice cream, cook fruit smoothies and frozen all-fruit popsicles. On the second day, campers will heat up the grill and make delicious veggie skewers with the freshest and healthiest vegetables from the market and accompany it with creative “camping cuisine” style meals in foil packets. This is a two-day camp. Ages 7-13 This is a two day commitment July 24th and July 26th.
July 26, 2018
The third in our canning, freezing and preserving classes with Chef Char. Learn the basics and secrets to freezing and preserving fresh produce from the Muskegon Farmers Market. Learn how to select produce at its prime for canning, freezing and preserving. Tips for easy, safe and successful processing of peaches in this class. Take home and enjoy your own frozen or canned creations. Recipes for class will be shared along with ideas for dishes using your preserved products all year long.
Chill out with fresh produce purchased directly from the farmers at the Muskegon Farmers Market and make healthy treats for the freezer or the grill. On the first day of cooking camp, participants will also shiver and shake while making their own ice cream, cook fruit smoothies and frozen all-fruit popsicles. On the second day, campers will heat up the grill and make delicious veggie skewers with the freshest and healthiest vegetables from the market and accompany it with creative “camping cuisine” style meals in foil packets. This is a two-day camp. Ages 7-13 This is a two day commitment August 7th and 9th.
August 9, 2018
Our Canning , Freezing and Preserving classes continue and in this class we will focus on using pickles. You will be taking your creations home with you to enjoy later. Learn how to select pickles for these different recipes. Tips for easy, safe and successful processing of each of these will be shared and demonstrated in class before turning you loose on creating your own.
Muskegon’s little bakers can come together to get creative and competitive in the kitchen over cupcakes. Learn to make delicious ganache and fruit fillings, assorted buttercream frostings and decorate with professional piping tips. Sprinkles and edible glitter will be on hand to accommodate the creative whims of Muskegon’s tiny chefs. Prizes will be awarded for the top cupcake designs. Each baker will take home a dozen cupcakes that they have decorated.
Crazy about cauliflower Cuisine: Did you know that cauliflower makes a great replacement for commonly craved carbs like rice and pasta? In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate how riced cauliflower can replace fried rice in a stir fry. Also try some healthy snacking or creative side dish ideas with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, Baked Caulitots, Cauliflower tortillas and Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks. So healthy and so easy!
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. All culinary skills are welcome for ages 10 up through adults. We will be using Kitchen Aid attachments and our old fashioned pasta rollers including rolling pin!
Learn the fun of making your own pizza dough and a homemade marinara sauce for the start of a good pizza. Find out how to make a herbed crust, stuffed crust and even a cinnamon crust for a sweet treat fruit pizza. Choose and add your own toppings for pizzas that can be eaten in class or taken home to share and enjoy later
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 three different recipes for your tasting. Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker. These new 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!
Create some wonderful snacks, side dishes and party pleasers in this class that is everything bacon. We will make Game Day Jalapeno Poppers, Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bombs, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Bacon Salad and Candied Bacon.
Learn to make a delicious homemade pie crust and tips for quickly cutting up fresh apples for filling. In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate and discuss how to make the perfect pie crust, how to roll out dough, how to make a lattice top crust or cool cut-out designs and the importance of egg wash and venting top crust. Oh and we will make some caramel sauce from scratch to serve with our pie! Make a pie of your own to take home and bake later. Ages 12 – adult
The holidays are a time for baking and gift giving. Learn some of Chef Char’s favorite holiday cooking recipes. Make, bake and decorate your cookies in class to take home to enjoy eating, to give as gifts, or save some and leave them for St. Nick when he visits.
December 13, 2018
Learn the secrets to making an amazing cheesecake covered with ganache and festive toppings for your next holiday gathering. Make a beautiful (and edible) platter out of candy and fill the platter with homemade Christmas Bark candy that can be enjoyed at your next holiday party or given away as gifts.