New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf – 12.10.19

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf.

Ever have one of those tasty culinary experiments that was so yummy you vowed to cook it every week for the rest of your life? We felt that way about the Todd’s New Orleans Red Beans & Rice. We’d just been to the Big Easy to hang out with my girlfriend Lynda for St. Patrick’s Day and we were missing it already. That was two years ago. He made it again today, and it’s just as tasty as I remembered.

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice


  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice

Now follow along with the Todd as he walks you through the directions. Easy peasy!

  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

BTW: Looking for more cold weather hearty meals? Try Todd’s Tasty Home Style Chili, the recipe’s here. A spectacular-looking French Onion Soup recipe is here – who knew soup could be so dramatic?

Also! The Todd is still playing with those blasted elves every day, but I don’t think he’s getting the concept yet.


(screengrab courtesy of Bobby Lee)

We’d also like to introduce you to pigeons. Wearing little red cowboy hats. I’m not making this up.

We Taste-Test “Roasted Turkey” Flavored Pringles – 11.19.19

Today we taste-test Pringle’s “Limited Edition” Roast Turkey flavored chips. I think you can guess the outcome here. (Erin here: they taste like … the tears of children. And graphite.)


BTW: interested in some of our other “specialty holiday flavors” tests? There’s our “Pumpkin Spice Everything” series here, and there’s the Burger King Whopper vs. the Impossible Burger here.


Plus! The Todd’s most popular video on cooking the Thanksgiving turkey on a grill outside – it gives you room in the over for everything else.


And meet our Shop Locally Legends: bean bliss All-Natural Skin Care and Rogiano’s Italian Dressing. Support local businesses this holiday!

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Todd & Erin’s Shop Locally Guide: Willow & Jae Boutique


There’s nothing better than a boutique stuffed with adorable clothing that you won’t see on everyone else at your PTA meeting or your holiday party. Even better is a boutique that is also stuffed with adorable plus-sized clothing, since that seems to be most of us, according to the fashion industry.


I laughed for a good five minutes when I spotted this sweatshirt.

That’s where Willow & Jae Boutique comes in. Everything from pretty, flowy dresses to super-soft, comfortable shirts and warm little booties that you’ll be unwilling to take off for the next four months. And better yet, no need to wait, their Black Friday Sale is already on. Up to 80% off and free shipping! YES! Oh, and did I mention they offer free shipping on all orders? Other than driving to your house and taking your hand to make you push the buttons on your keyboard, I don’t think the girls can make this any easier for you.

Adorable mix and match booties and hats, 2 for $15 during the sale that starts Thursday, 11.28

Whitney, Miranda, and Tina started Willow & Jae because as moms with insanely busy schedules, they didn’t have time to spend hours shopping, so they created a boutique filled with the kinds of clothing that’s comfortable, flattering and totally affordable. They’re smart and talented women, but they are refreshingly normal. They know what looks good, what’s flattering for those of us who don’t have hours to spend trying to accessorize our outfit for the day. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and their site’s here. It’s a good idea to click and follow the girls – they always have little specials and discounts going on Facebook and Instagram.


Floral blazer – $19.95 – I need this blazer! It needs me…


Stop by Willow & Jae and see all the Black Friday goodies! You can also find them in person at Christmas Village in Eagle Mountain on December 7th, still with dynamite prices.