Celebrate Mardi Gras – What’s Up on THV11


If you tuned in to THV11 This Morning two weeks ago expecting to see Elvis…well, he wasn’t in the house. Unfortunately, I came down with a stomach bug and the last thing I needed or wanted was food. Enough said.

This week it’s all about Mardi Gras. With a twist, of course. You just knew I couldn’t leave well enough alone, didn’t you?

Hubby and I spent our honeymon in New Orleans at The Roosevelt Hotel going on 46 years ago.

Hubby and I spent our honeymoon in New Orleans at The Roosevelt Hotel going on 46 years ago. (Photo Source: Roosevelt Hotel)

I’ve taken some traditional Mardi Gras, actually anytime Cajun and Creole, favorites and will be presenting those in an untraditional way. It’s definitely a show you won’t want to miss so get your purple, gold and green beads on and party with me this coming Tuesday, January 19 at 6:15 a.m. on THV11. (Note the new time.)

Here’s what you can look forward to:

We learned to love BBQ Shrimp at Pascal's Manale in New Orleans.

We learned to love BBQ Shrimp at Pascal’s Manale in New Orleans. (Photo Source: Google Images)

  • Crawfish/Shrimp Okra Hushpuppies (on THV11 web site) with Comeback Sauce (coming this week on DWD)
  • Red Beans and Rice Soup (coming this week on DWD) – you’ve had red beans and rice, now try it in this spicy soup with a few of those Crawfish/Shrimp Hushpuppies. It’ll make “yo slap yo momma!”
  • King Cake Bread Pudding (coming this week on DWD) – combines the best of King Cake and bread pudding – Oh my!

Laissez les bon temps rouler (lay-zay lay bon ton rule-ay)
Let the good times roll!

February 9 marks the date of Mardi Gras in 2016, a much shorter season than usual. You still have time to pull together a casual, friendly celebration before the Lenten season. I hope you’ll give some of these nontraditional dishes with traditional flavors a try.





  1. Diane
    January 17, 2016


    I lived on the Northshore of New Orleans for 7 years and totally enjoyed BBQ shrimp often. It is so amazing. New Orleans Seafood co. has an amazing BBQ Shrimp PoBoy. You will have to try it sometime.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Debbie
      January 17, 2016

      I might be a little bit jealous:)