Recipe for Hope, Saturday Feburary 23, 2013. Doug’s recipe from Pittsburgh Today Live

Please join me on Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Mayernik Center for Recipe for Hope. The event helps Bonny Diver’s Hair Peace Charities. Celebrity chef’s will fill your plate with amazing food and you’ll be helping women with cancer.
Here are all the details.
I’m making Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and serving it with pasta covered in homemade tomato and feta sauce.
Here’s how to make it. Just use this as a template and make the recipe your own.
Salt the pasta water so it tastes like sea water. Cook the pasta until al dente and hold it aside. Don’t over cook it, that’s the kind of thing which can get you kicked out of the house.
1 baseball sized onion minced
1big carrot minced
1 HEAD of garlic minced
6 nice tomatoes
8 oz. feta cheese
5 Tbs. good extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
salt and pepper to taste

Start with 2 Tbs. olive oil and get it hot.
Add onions and carrots and cook them for about 5 minutes and keep them moving. turn down the heat to medium low and cook another five minutes.
Add garlic and tomatoes cook for three or four minutes.

Two pounds peeled shrimp defrosted
Marinate the shrimp in olive oil, some sea salt and a couple teaspoons of the garlic
Place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler for just a few minutes until the shrimp color up and place them on top of the pasta mixed with the sauce. Sprinkle the feta over the warm pasta and enjoy.

Keeping Valentine’s Day roses fresh and some alternatives as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

Roses are red my love, violets are blue.

Ok, you’ve got to buy roses, right?I think there are better choices for Valentine’s Day, but no one wants to end up in the dog house.
Keeping roses looking their best means cutting the bottoms of the stems before putting them in water and adding a drop or two of bleach to keep bacteria at bay. Change the water daily and give the roses another cut at the bottom after a few days.
For some reason a penny in the vase helps too.
There are lots of plants which will last longer than a dozen roses. Every time your significant other looks at these plants, they will think of you.
Potted miniature roses will live all winter on the windowsill and can go into the garden in April where they will last for many years.
Hyacinths smell like spring. They can also be planted out when the weather breaks.
Amaryllis bulbs make beautiful blooms and will last a lifetime, blooming once a year.
Tulips are magical and can be planted in the garden during the spring.
Calla lilies are classy, will bloom for month and will live outside all summer long only to return to the windowsill in September.
Cyclamen is one of the only houseplants which should be kept on the moist side. When watered frequently they will bloom for months.
One more tip for those roses, dry them when their time is done in the vase and they will last forever, just like your undying love for your partner.