Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spice it up – Part II

There are so many delicious and aromatic spices how do you know what to use?  Here are some recommendations that bring the world’s richest flavors and aromas to your kitchen, and simple ways to use them to make your meals a bit more magical.

1.  Allspice.  This is not a blend as commonly thought, but the dried fruit unique to a tree that grows in Jamaica.  This is the major spice in jerk seasonings, it provides the heat in many rubs for grilled meats.  Sprinkle a little into baked goods made with apples to kick up the flavor a notch or two.

2.  Cinnamon.  Did you know this was the bark of a tree?  Yesiree…it’s rolled into sticks or powdered.  Cinnamon adds a hint of sweetness to savory dishes.  Especially great when adding a dash to veggies before roasting them.

3.  Ginger.  This knobby little root grows in Jamaica, India, China, and Africa.  You can add it at the beginning of cooking for a more mild taste or at the end for stronger flavor.  Use ginger to balance the sweetness of vegetables like beets with its subtle warmth.

4.  Smoked Paprika.  Peppers, often pimentos, are smoked, dried and ground to make smoked paprika.  Always be sure to get smoked as the regular paprika only adds color, not much flavor.  Try with any bean dish as its smokey flavor reminds us of bacon, without the bacon.

Be adventurous and try some new spices this week with dinner!


Spice it up! part I

Guess what? Eating “spicy” food does not mean your mouth is going to burst into flames. It means you will be lucky enough to enjoy a meal that is bursting with flavor. The key to success is using some essential spices when you cook, and here are some tips to live by.

0. Spices are made from the dried fruit, seeds, roots, stems, or bark of tropical plants.

0. The most convenient way to use spices is pre-ground and bottled.

0. Keep them whole. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander are available in their whole form and can be ground up, zested with a grater, or slow-cooked whole in savory dished or mulled drinks. Experiment and be brave.

0. Only buy the amount you would use in three months; keeping a larger supply will reduce the flavor profile and just doesn’t work as well!

0. Save the flavor by storing your spices in an airtight container in a cool dry place away from heat and light – NEVER right next to the stove. NO NO. Spices can also be frozen to preserve their flavor.

0. Use sparingly. Many spices are quite potent so go slow at first…you can always add more as the cooking process continues.

0. Spice flavors blossom as you cook, so wait a bit before the taste test, especially if you are going to add more.

Next time you are shopping at the market peruse the spice aisle and treat yourself to a spice you have never used before but always wanted to try. Have some fun.

Going away to the Beach?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed in-spa by one of etant’s very skilled professional estheticians.

After microdermabrasion, skin will be much more sensitive to sun exposure. It is best to keep out of the sun and wear sunscreen at all times after the procedure.  Microdermabrasion recovery time may be as little as one to two days.

Microdermabrasion may be performed to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and make-up will go on much more smoothly.

If you haven’t tried it yet you should think about booking an appointment today. With Spring and/or a winter vacation on the horizon it is a great time to try micrdermabrasion and give that glowing complexion a head start for summer!

etant has Dermaplaning! We do!

What exactly is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It has been used for many years, but many estheticians don’t even know it exists, and certainly, many don’t use it.

When clients hear the word dermaplaning, they quickly associate the term with the procedure known as dermabrasion, and won’t even consider it as a possible treatment. Dermabrasion is a medical procedure in which the skin is abraded down to the dermis using a whisklike device

Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has quickly gained popularity among cosmetic medical providers across the country. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. This is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of the risk that the chemicals will be absorbed into the blood stream, and may be transferred to the fetus or the child. It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin. It also prepares the skin to receive makeup more readily.  This is an added bonus!

Removing epidermal skin also allows products to penetrate more readily into the deeper layers. Physicians may recommend this treatment to prepare the skin for medical procedures such as laser treatments or deep chemical peels. It also may be used by estheticians to prepare the skin for superficial chemical peels or before a cleansing facial.

Dermaplaning is most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment results in a more refined, smooth, “glowing” appearance.

It’s fun and easy way to exfoiate.  Try it this Spring!