Archive for February, 2011

Lobster Mac and Cheese for a good cause, Hair Peace Charities

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
I'll be making Lobster Mac and Cheese at this year's Recipe for Hope event. It's Hair Peace Charity's annual fund raiser to help women with cancer.

I'll be making Lobster Mac and Cheese at this year's Recipe for Hope event. It's Hair Peace Charity's annual fund raiser to help women with cancer.

I’ve been cooking as a “celebrity” chef at Bonny Diver’s Recipe For Hope event over the last six years. I do it because I see the amazing work Bonny’s charity, Hair Peace, has done for women with cancer. The event is Saturday February 26th at Blueberry Hill Park in Sewickley at 7:30pm. You’ll get more food than you could eat, have lots of fun, meeting local celebs and you’ll be helping a good cause.

If you’d like to come taste this recipe, meet lots to “real” celebrities including the Post-Gazette’s Gretchen McKay and many others click on the link here.

I’ll be making this dish on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live Thursday February 17th at 9am with Bonny if you’d like to see how it’s done.

Here’s the recipe-
Lobster Mac and Cheese
2 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS fresh chopped parsley
1 medium onion diced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 stick butter
8 oz mild blue cheese
8 oz mild cheddar
4 oz Asiago cheese
4 oz Pecorino Romano cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 lb frozen lobster meat pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb pasta elbow macaroni
Cook pasta until al dente and hold to the side.
In a sauce pan sauté the garlic and onions in oil for about five minutes or until onions are transparent.
Add cream and butter and cook on low until simmering add cheeses and sour cream stir until melted and creamy.
Add frozen lobster and serve hot as is or back at 350 for 30 minutes or until crispy and brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Black and Gold Plants as seen on KDKA-TV

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Black Eyed Susan Vine is easy to grow from seed and the perfect color.

Black Eyed Susan Vine is easy to grow from seed and the perfect color.

There are lots of black and yellow pansies, best to grow in the fall at the start of the season.

There are lots of black and yellow pansies, best to grow in the fall at the start of the season.

Only one place that I know of for this lily and that's Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

Only one place that I know of for this lily and that's Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

Nothing easier to grow than Black Eyed Susans and they come back every year.

Nothing easier to grow than Black Eyed Susans and they come back every year.

There are many wonderful sunflowers with Steelers colors.

There are many wonderful sunflowers with Steelers colors.

The most beautiful flower of all, Osterrificus terrificus

The most beautiful flower of all, Osterrificus terrificus

This is the petunia 'Phantom' from Ball Seed. I saw it growing in a trial bed in Columbus at the Franklin Park Conservatory. This is a winner.

This is the petunia 'Phantom' from Ball Seed. I saw it growing in a trial bed in Columbus at the Franklin Park Conservatory. This is a winner.

This is the perfect time to plan the garden with Steelers colors. Here’s are the plants we talked about on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live.
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