The Joy of Chef Carol Chargot!

By: Joy Houser

If you’ve lived in Port Huron for a lifetime or just a time, you might already know Carol.

She’s been a myriad of treasured ingredients to many people and places, and since having the great fortune of meeting her several years ago, especially to moi.

She’s quirky, fun, funny, and has a firecracker personality that’s contagious….but more about that, and other delightful details, coming in future articles.  

For now, feast your eyes on just one of the multitude of delicious dishes from her cookbook that this wonder woman whips up for herself, E.J. (part of the “delightful details”) and others:



3 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

2 slightly beaten eggs; 1/2 cup sugar; 2/3 cup milk; 1/3 cup canola oil

1 1/3 cups flour; 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal; 2 teaspoons baking powder;1/4 teaspoon salt

Icing: Mix 1/3 cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 – Grease a 9″ pan & line with parchment paper

Arrange 2 cups berries over bottom of pan – reserve 1 cup for topping once baked

Mix eggs, sugar, milk & oil in smaller bowl

Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder & salt in large bowl

Add wet mixture to dry & blend thoroughly without over mixing; Spread gently over berries in pan                                

Bake 40-45 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean

Remove from oven and cool about five minutes; invert onto serving plate and drizzle with icing – decorate with additional berries and mint leaves


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About the author

Joy Houser

Joy Houser is a proud born and raised Michigander who moved to Port Huron in 2011 to begin a newly married once upon a lifetime. She has two daughters along with two granddaughters who have thoughtfully made their homes via road trip “can’t wait to get there” places in Traverse City and Virginia Beach!
After retiring from a career in banking, she is employed by Grant Smith Health Insurance Agency and a contributor for the online magazine, Blue Water Healthy Living, which he owns. Joy can be reached at (810) 984-1373 or at

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