Celebrate the kick-off to summer and Father’s Day all-in-one with some fab dishes!! 

Char’s Sweet & Savour Turkey Burgers

These sweet and savoury burgers will become your new grilling go-to!!
Fresh, delicious and doable – my kinda summertime food! 
Serve with a side of sweet pea pesto salad (recipe below) for a tasty backyard meal.  

2 lbs (900 grams) lean ground Ontario turkey

1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh blueberries

½ cup (125 mL) chopped green onions

3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared horseradish 

5 tsp (25 mL) dried tarragon leaves 

2 cloves garlic, minced (*or to taste)

½ tsp (2 mL) each; salt and pepper

Pre-heat grill to medium high. Using clean hands, combine all ingredients and form into 4 jumbo burgers (or 6 smaller burgers). Place burgers on clean, pre-heated grill and turn heat down to medium. Grill for 5 minutes. Flip burgers and grill for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 F (75 C).

Char’s Sweet Pea Pesto Pasta made with Italpasta Penne Rigate

If you’re looking for a delicious and doable side dish for a burger, steak or chicken breast off the grill – this pasta salad will be your new go-to!!

DYK? Italpasta is made right here in Canada with 100% Canadian wheat – a perfect pantry staple to always have on hand!!

1/2 cup (125 mL) seeds (*I use ¼ cup (60 mL) each: sunflower & pumpkin seeds)

2 cloves garlic (*or to taste)

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) frozen peas, thawed (*or fresh sweet peas)

¼ cup (60 mL) lightly packed roughly chopped fresh mint 

¼ cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese 

hefty pinch each: salt, chili flakes and ground nutmeg

zest and juice of one lemon  

1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil 

1 tbsp (15 mL) water

3 cups (750 mL) Italpasta Penne Rigate

2 cups (500 mL) halved cherry or grape tomatoes

Place seeds and garlic in food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until well chopped. Add  peas and pulse until  finely chopped (scrape down side of bowl if needed). Add mint, cheese and spices and pulse until combined. Add lemon zest and juice. With the motor running – drizzle in oil and water. Cook pasta according to package directions. Toss warm cooked pasta with pesto and tomatoes. Makes about 4 cups (1 L).

Char’s Rhubarb and Strawberry Cream Flan Topped with Gay Lea Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream

Top your summer sweet treats with Gay Lea’s Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream!
No campfire required deliciousness!!

Stewed Rhubarb

6 cups (1.5 L) chopped fresh rhubarb

2 tbsp water

Place rhubarb and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook, stirring for about 8 to 10 minutes – until rhubarb has broken down and is quite thick looking. Remove from heat and cool completely.

1 tub (425 mL) Gay Lea Premium Gold Sour Cream 

½ cup (125 mL) sweetened condensed milk (*or maple syrup) 

2 cups (500 mL) finely chopped fresh Ontario strawberries 

2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract

pinch salt 

2 tbsp (30 mL) dark rum or ice wine *optional

1 large sponge flan (8 inches (200g)) *found in the bakery section of your grocery store*

½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped white chocolate 

Garnish: Gay Lea Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream 

Stir together sour cream, condensed milk, strawberries, vanilla and salt until well combined. Fold in stewed rhubarb. Brush top of flan with rum or ice wine (if using). Spread mixture mixture evenly over flan and sprinkle evenly with white chocolate. Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream. Makes 10 servings. 

In Char's Kitchen returns with new episodes

Chef Charmaine is back! And, like you, she's stuck at home, but has plenty of new recipes to keep you entertained while you wait to get out of self-isolation. Catch an all new episode of 'In Char's Kitchen: Quarantine Edition' this Sunday at 7pm, only on #YourTV! #TrulyLocal #TrulyTasty

Posted by Yourtv Muskoka on Saturday, 2 May 2020

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

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