Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette


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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, and I never realized how amazing it was until high school.  Even then and up through college, I was always a bit nervous about trying to cook it.  I would buy it, leave it in the fridge, ignoring it as though it would someday cook itself, and when I realized it was starting to go bad, I would salvage what I could and deep-fry what was left, since that was the only way I knew how to cook it and I knew it would be pretty hard to mess that up.  Fortunately, like a fine wine, with age my ability to cook asparagus has grown exponentially.  The problem that comes up now when I buy asparagus is now more in the direction of 'which way do I want to cook it this time?'  This particular recipe is a delicious light summer asaparagus recipe that works well paired with spring salad, a light Italian soup, and a glass of light Zinfandel.  Relaxing at the table while watching the summer evening stroll by is what this kind of side dish is for-- enjoy it!

2 pounds asparagus stalks, washed and trimmed
3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 minced small red onion
1 tbsp extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

In a medium fry pan, add water so that it has about an inch of depth of water.  Add a dash of salt, and bring to a boil.

Blanch the asparagus in fry pan with salted boiling water for about 3 minutes.  Do not overcook or your asparagus will become, well, floppy.  

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (balsamic vinegar, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and pepper).

Remove from heat and rinse under cold water.  Drain well.

Place the asparagus on serving plate and spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus.  Top with salt and pepper to taste.

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