Monthly Archives: May 2013

it’s Memorial Day!

For many that means the tastiest, juiciest grilled steaks.  How do I make the best steaks on the grill?  Here is one favorite method….Good luck!

Making a Perfect Grilled Steak

  • 1. TRIM STEAKS

    To keep flare-ups to a minimum, use a sharp knife to trim any hard, white fat from the perimeter of the steaks. Leave no more than 1/8 inch of fat.

     

  • 2. PAT DRY

    Pat both sides of the steaks dry with paper towels—the first step to a beautiful crust, which is the hallmark of a perfect grilled steak.

     

  • 3. SALT AND RUB

    Next, rub the steaks on both sides with a mixture of equal parts salt and moisture-absorbing cornstarch. The salt both seasons the steak and draws moisture to the surface.

     

  • 4. STASH IN FREEZER

    Freeze the steaks, uncovered, for 30 minutes. The moisture drawn out by the salt evaporates in the dry environment of the freezer. Drier surface = better crust = better steak.

     

  • 5. HEAT GRILL GRATE

    Preheat the grill to keep the steaks from sticking. For gas, turn all the burners to high, then cover. For charcoal, place the grate over the hot hot coals and heat, cover, for five minutes.

     

  • 6. CLEAN GRILL GRATE

    Before you start cooking, use a grill brush to scrape off any stuck-on food from the grill. Grilling on a grate encrusted with the remnants of last night’s dinner is like cooking in a dirty pan.

     

  • 7. OIL GRILL GRATE

    Oiling the grill grate also prevents the steaks from sticking. Dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil, grab the wad with grill tongs, and then brush the grate.

     

  • 8. START ON HOT SIDE

    Sear the steaks on the hot side of the grill, undisturbed, for two to three minutes. If you’re grilling a porterhouse or T-bone, place the tenderloin side nearer the cool side of the grill.

     

  • 9. FLIP AFTER BROWNING

    Don’t move the steaks before the crust has formed. Give the steaks a wiggle: If they don’t release easily, leave them alone until they do. Brown the second side for another two or three minutes.

     

  • 10. MOVE TO COOL SIDE

    Once the steaks are well browned on both sides, slide them to the cool side of the grill and continue cooking until they reach your preferred degree of doneness.

     

  • 11. CHECK DONENESS

    Insert an instant-read-thermometer into the side of the steaks. Take them off the grill at 120 degrees for rare, 125 for medium-rare, and 135 for medium.

     

  • 12. GIVE IT A REST

    Put the steaks on a plate, cover loosely with foil, and let them rest for five minutes to let the flavorful juices redistribute; if you slice the steaks right away, some juices will run out.

     

It’s Summertime……….waxing time also?

Should I or Shouldn’t I get waxed?   That is the question.  Here is some information and you can decide what, where and how much to get waxed!

How does this work?

Wax on. A warm wax mixture is spread over hair in the direction of its growth and a paper or cloth strip is then placed on top of soft wax.

Wax off. Once wax has slightly cooled or has grasped enough to the hair, it’s pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. The entire hair follicle should be removed from the root, if the waxing is done correctly.

Pro’s

It’s not as fast as shaving, but each hair doesn’t have to be individually removed like in tweezing. Wax can be spread over large amounts of hair, and removed all at once. For example, an esthetician experienced waxing hair can get both full legs (ankle up to bikini line) done in about an hour.

Over time, frequent waxing can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hair.

Con’s

You have to be hairy before getting smooth. About one quarter of an inch of hair is needed for the wax to adhere, which is approximately 3-4 weeks of hair growth.

Results last for a couple weeks. Waxing can keep an area hair-free for up to 6 weeks, but be back in as little as 2 weeks. Sure, that’s much longer compared to shaving.

OUCH!  Some find it painful and certainly some areas of the body are more painful than others.  The good news is you usually get used to it and the discomfort is minimal.  Especially at etant where the professionals are so good you hardly know you are getting waxed!

 

Corn Corn Corn

Guess what?   It’s almost corn season…..how fantastic is that!!!!!!  Here are some suggestions to get the most enjoyment from an early summer favorite in New England.

Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce, seeded
  • 6 ears corn, husked
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, put crème fraîche, mayonnaise, salt and chipotles in adobo in a food processor and pulse just until smooth; transfer to a bowl. Generously brush mixture on corn and grill, turning occasionally, until deep golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes.

Brush remaining crème fraîche mixture on corn, then sprinkle all over with queso fresco and cayenne. Serve with lime wedges on the side to squeeze over the top.

Coconut-Ginger Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light (reduced-fat) coconut milk
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 hot boiled sweet corn ears
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Place coconut milk and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and cook at a bare simmer until the milk is reduced by half, 25 to 30 minutes. Strain milk into a cup and stir in lime juice. Pour a few tablespoons of the mixture onto a plate and roll hot corn in it to coat. Serve garnished with cilantro. Leftover coconut sauce will keep refrigerated 3 to 4 days.

Yummy!   enjoy…..

 

 

Physician’s Care Alliance Clinical Skin Care

Here at etant, we have teamed up with PCA, a company that has formulated skincare products designed to work in the treatment of many skin issues including aging, sensitive, acne and hyperpigmentation.  All of our estheticians are Certified PCA Skin Professionals and are trained to use these leading edge products to customize a treatment plan specific to your individual skin issues and concerns.  Healthy skin really is beautiful skin.

PCA SKIN professional treatments are scientifically formulated to gently stimulate, firm and tighten skin.   For more than two decades PCA peels have been used by physicians and skin care professionals to help clients reach their skin care goals.  PCA clinically researched formulations help reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture, treat skin discoloration and redness, as well as assist in clearing acne and blemished skin;  often without the downtime associated with traditional chemical peels.  PCA blends gently remove dull,damaged surface layers and reveal the smooth, radiant, glowing skin that is hidden below the surface.  Our progressive PCA spa treatments work in conjunction with PCA SKIN daily care products to speed the process toward dramatic, visible and proven results.  Avoid prolonged sun exposure for 10 to 14 days prior to your scheduled peel or mask appointment.

PCA Customized “Just for You” Peels

Anti Aging Treatmet

Our rejuvenating treatments are customized to treat and control fine lines, wrinkles,sun damage, uneven texture and laxity.  Regular treatments help to achieve andmaintain a fresh, bright, youthful looking complexion.

Sensitive Skin Treatment                                                                                                     Do you suffer from rosacea or skin that always seems red or irritated? We providegentle treatments especially for your skin needs.  We infuse the skin with anti-inflammatory; redness reducing; skin-strengthening ingredients.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment

Troubled by dark spots from the sun, past blemishes or pregnancy? Regardless of the cause of the discoloration our customized treatments address the underlying causes of unwanted pigment to even out your complexion.

Acne Treatment                                                                                                                     Our customized breakout-clearing treatments simultaneously address all of thefour main causes of acne leading to an even, clear complexion.  We infuse theskin with antibacterial and acne controlling ingredients.

PCA “Peel Alternative” Clinical Treatments

Oxygenating Trio  Skin feeling sluggish and stressed?  Dull and dry?  This antioxidant treatmentcorrects and prevents free radical damage that comes from our environment.These products help stimulate circulation, rejuvenating sluggish skin as it draws oxygento the skin, resulting in a radiant, healthy glow.

Hydrating Mask  Perfect for dry and sensitive skin.  Botanicals and pro-vitamins such as cucumber, arnica and panthenol combine to improve the overall integrity of the skin.

Revitalizing Mask   A must for dull, tired skin.  Papaya, lemon, orange, apple, green tea and honey are just some of the ingredients in this treatment for all skin types.

Clarifying Mask   If breakouts are your trouble this is the mask for you.  Combines antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to effectively clear and prevent breakouts.

Re-texturize Mask  Addresses thick, resilient skin with acne or sun damage.  Exfoliating pumpkin enzymes and salicylic acid combined with a host of antibacterial and antioxidant ingredients leave your complexion softer and more healthy.

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