October 12, 2019
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+
October 19, 2019
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.
October 26, 2019
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!
November 09, 2019
Prepare for the upcoming holidays by having several soups on hand to make up a quick meal. In this class we will break up in to teams, each team will make one of Chef Char’s delicious soups and enough for everyone in class. All will go home with a 32 ounce container of three different soups (enough for 12 average size meals) to enjoy for a quick meal by adding some garnish and a side salad. Find out the secrets to making a delicious homemade noodle for a soothing chicken noodle soup. Make a French Onion soup that rivals restaurant versions of the classic rich dish. A butternut squash puree will round out the soups as the hearty, thick, creamy soup of the bunch. Also learn how to make simple croutons for soup garnish. Class is limited to 12 people.
November 16, 2019
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!
November 23, 2019
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
December 05, 2019
If feeding and entertaining a small crowd is in your future, this class will equip you with the recipes and ideas to be donned as “the hostess with the mostest” by all of your friends. Party Platters are a great way to display hor d’oeuvres and appetizers to feed a small crowd. Even though the serving size of the food is small, each dish can really bring big flavor. We will construct chees and charcuterie platters and enjoy the taste when finished! Easy alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes will be shared as well. You must be 21 to register for this class and IDs will be checked
December 07, 2019
Muskegon’s little bakers can come together to get creative in the kitchen over cupcakes. Learn to make delicious ganache and other fillings, assorted buttercream frostings and decorate with professional piping tips. Holiday decorations will be on hand to accommodate the creative whims of Muskegon’s tiny chefs. Each baker will take home a dozen cupcakes that they have decorated.
Ages 7 and up
December 14, 2019
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. Age 7+