Need help fighting those mid-Winter blues? Well, “Laissez le bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll)! On Saturday, February 9, 2013, get transported to Cajun land just in time for Mardi Gras. You can learn to make a pot of roux and then cook and finish an authentic chicken and sausage gumbo. While the gumbo simmers, we’ll have lots of time to stir up a batch of pecan pralines and make a few of the famous pecan logs to nibble on. Come on out and join the fun! Registration is open now.
Johnson City resident, Ellen Delatte, grew up in Central Louisiana and brought her love for Cajun cuisine and her excellent cooking skills with her when she moved into this area 11 years ago. Her husband, Ricky, is a New Orleans native and he often shares the kitchen in preparing daily meals or huge family feasts for holidays.
Disagreements in the kitchen over ingredients and techniques usually boil down to their respective influences of the region in which they lived. Ellen’s cooking reflects the purer, isolated truly “Cajun” methods of the countryside while Ricky’s dishes have an urban, “Creole” flair. In the kitchen, as in life, a compromise here, a few spices there and, voila, agreement is reached! When not in the kitchen, Ricky & Ellen enjoy raising their own vegetable and herbs, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A hand of cards and a good glass of wine and some cajun cuisine are often the perfect way to end a busy day.
Ellen loves to share her knowledge of Louisiana Cuisine and is a regular guest chef on WJHL Day Time Tri Cities with Amy Lynn and Morgan King. She has taught many area cooking classes and we are pleased to have her return again to our Cooking Along The Crooked Road program for this special class just in time for Mardi Gras celebrations!
For additional information regarding Cooking Classes, contact the information desk.