Red beans & rice with Brian’s girlfriend Liz!

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Birthday boy Brian brought his beautiful girlfriend Liz into the studio today, and she showed us her tasty recipe for red beans and rice. We don’t know what we loved more, her delicious meal, or her! Watch how adorable these two are in action.


  • 1lbs dry kidney beans
  • 1/4 C. olive oil 
  • 1 Lg. onion
  • chopped 1 green bell pepper
  • chopped
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 6 C. water
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning 
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage 
  • 4 C. water
  • 2 C. long grain white rice

Rinse beans and soak in water overnight. In a large pot, sauté the sausage for about 5 mins. In the same pot add your onion, bell pepper, celery and minced garlic. Continue to sauté for about 3-5 mins or until they soften a bit. Add water, beans and all seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. 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 rice. 

Deena Manzanares
Deena Marie Manzanares is a Utah native, but lived in NYC for a few years while attending the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Locally, she has worked as a professional actor for years in both stage and film.
Nicea DeGering
Nicea loves morning television in Utah! A self-proclaimed “night person,“ she has been getting up and hopping onto the Good Things Utah set for over a decade now.
Brian Carlson
Brian co-anchors Good Morning Utah from 5:00 – 7:00 a.m. and Midday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and he’s the Announcer for Good Things Utah at 9:00 a.m.

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