MSU Extension offers 4-H In The Kitchen: Whodunit Edition

Craft dishes inspired by notable authors

LAKE COUNTY — It was Colonel Mustard…in the kitchen…with a very tasty recipe!  There are two things that many people love in this world, a good mystery and a good meal!  Lake County 4-H is combining those into one unique 4-H program.  

Next month, Lake and Mason County 4-H will be collaborating to bring the youth of the two counties 4-H in the Kitchen: Whodunit Edition. Working out of the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, participants are going to learn the step by step procedures for crafting a pair of delicious dishes inspired by some of the most noted mystery writers of the last 30 years, Margaret Maron and Joelle Charbonneau.

4-H in the Kitchen is a workshop devoted to helping kids gain an appreciation for cooking by tying the activity to mediums and topics that are relevant to kids.  To get kids interested in cooking, we will make recipes inspired by a number of other topics such as video games, pop culture, and more. By giving each cooking workshop an exciting and original theme, this gets kids excited because they are taking part in something that involves one of their passions but it also ties that passion to a very practical and traditional skill.

4-H in the Kitchen: Whodunit edition will conduct two sessions each in Mason and Lake Counties, so if a participant can’t make one activity, they will have an additional opportunity to take part.  Participants will learn how to make testing pizza from Joelle Charbonneau’s hit young adult series "The Testing," and baked french toast from Margaret Maron’s classic mystery "Judge Deborah Knott" series.

The sessions will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 3 and 10, at the Mason County Reformed Church, 45 S. Amber Rd., Scottville, and Mondays, Nov. 7 and 14, at the Baldwin Congregational Church, 870 Beech St., Baldwin.

In addition to culinary skills, Mason and Lake County 4-H will be collaborating with the Mason and Lake County Sheriff’s departments on helping participants with the project and giving the participants and opportunity to interact with deputies to learn about forensic science and the education it takes to go into law enforcement.

Participation in the workshop is free and ingredients will be provided.  Participants will also have the option to take part in the workshop virtually and will receive a zoom invite several days prior to the start of the workshop.  

If you are interested in attending, please go to the following website:

If you have any questions regarding the program, please visit the Lake County MSU Extension office at Baldwin Business Center, 830 Michigan Ave., Baldwin, or by contacting the 4-H Coordinator at or at 231-745-2732.