Give our local Cook of the Week’s award-winning banana bread a try.
One Houma cook with diabetes said she was inspired by her love of sweets to make the dish that earned her first place at this year’s Bayou Gourmet Cookoff in the Healthy Eating division.
“I was motivated to create a sweet dish with less sugar so that I could enjoy it without worrying about my blood sugar level,” said Sharon Chatagnier, who won for her Homestyle Low Cal Banana Bread.
The retired teacher has participated in The Courier and Daily Comet’s cook-off for three years and also earned awards in the past for her Yummy Shrimp Dip and Spinach and Artichoke Soup with Shrimp. She attributed her experience of cooking to her time she cooked for her family of six, including four sons.
“There is no better way to celebrate friendship than to share a great meal whether at home or in a restaurant,” Chatagnier said. “Memories of gathering at the family table are to cherished.”
The New Orleans native said she loves living in Terrebonne Parish because the people are so receptive and giving.
“Invariably at any gathering, there is talk of food and sharing recipes,” she said. “The availability of seafood and fresh ingredients is amazing when compared to other regions.”
Chatagnier said she enjoys experimenting with new recipes and modifying them to appease Southern taste buds and loves the smells of food cooking throughout the house.
However, when she first got married, had challenges. While trying to make steak with gravy, Chatagnier burned the roux seven times.
“I would leave it for just a minute, then bam — burnt,” Chatagnier said. “The smell of burnt roux in our little house was awful. I learned that you never take your eyes — or spoon — off a roux.”
— Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @holly_evamarie.