Archive for July, 2009

Hair Care Recipes for Home

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009



If the summer sun is leaving your hair dry and brittle – or just a little dull – you may be inclined to try one of these little recipes.  Mix them up right in the comfort of your own home and then sit back and let them work their magic.  You’ll be left with more luxurious locks!

 Get soft and shiny hair naturally

Mash one peeled avocado and mix it with coconut milk. Apply this on hair and rub well. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it out. Shampoo if required.

 Shiny Hair with a fresh feeling

Avoid this one if your hair is really damaged or dry.  Add 1 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Apply this after shampooing. Leave it for ten minutes then rinse it out.  


 Homemade Hot oil treatment #1 Olive oil

This is a treat for dry hair. Warm olive oil and apply on the hair and scalp. Massage it in and leave on the scalp for 15 minutes and then shampoo well.

 Homemade Hot oil treatment #2 Olive oil & honey

3 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of honey. Mix well and apply on scalp; wait 15 minutes and shampoo well.

 Homemade Hot oil treatment #3

Beat together 1 egg, 1 tsp. vinegar and 2 tsp. coconut oil. Massage into the scalp. Comb evenly through hair and leave for 15 minutes before washing.

 Homemade Hot oil treatment #4

Mix 2 tsp. of coconut oil with 1 tsp. of lime juice and massage into the scalp and rinse. 

 Why do these ingredients work?

 Raw Apple-Cider Vinegar: Adding a little bit of raw apple-cider vinegar to the deep-conditioning hair treatment provides an astringent effect; it works by tightening the cuticle, giving tresses shine and silkiness. In addition, it helps to ensure that the ingredients blend well.

Coconut oil: It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.

Egg yolks: These contain large amounts of lecithin and supply valuable conditioners that don’t weigh down the hair. The scalp, too, can benefit from the lecithin, as it is very nourishing for the skin.

 Olive oil: A wonderful ingredient for conditioning and nourishing normal hair.

Avocado: Use these for hydrating benefits and proteins.


Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Grilling in Summer

Nothing says summer like food fresh off the grill! We’ve collected some tips for you to get the most out of your grilling this summer! Enjoy!

1. At BLT Burger in Las Vegas, chef Laurent Tourondel brushes burgers with butter while they’re on the grill. The natural sugars caramelize, making the meat extra-delicious.

2. Chef Nate Appleman of A16 and SPQR restaurants in San Francisco swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled.

3. When grilling a meal, chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and Bar Annie in Houston threads ingredients for sauces onto skewers to cook alongside the meat. While the meat rests he purees the sauce ingredients in a blender.

4. Jerk chicken gets its aroma from being grilled over wood from pimento trees, the source of allspice. Chef Jose Garces of Philadelphia’s Amada mimics jerk by soaking allspice in water, then throwing the berries onto hot coals.

5. Chef Robert Del Grande swears by his grandmother’s trick: “I saw her do this when I was a kid. She would tie fresh herbs to a brush and baste chicken on the grill with it. Some things just stick in your mind.”

6. Chef Emeril Lagasse honors simplicity in his new book, Emeril at the Grill: “I keep lemons, limes and oranges on hand for spritzing over simply grilled meat, seafood and vegetables. Then I drizzle on olive oil.”


7. To keep fillets intact, chef Anita Lo of Annisa in New York City wraps them in briny grape leaves—a tasty combination.

8. Even on a clean grill, lean foods may stick when placed directly on the rack. Reduce sticking by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel: hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

9. Food safety is a top priority, so keep these simple rules from the USDA in mind: avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked foods; refrigerate foods while marinating; and never baste with the marinating liquid. (Make extra marinade just for basting or boil your marinating liquid first.)

Do you have a favorite recipe for the grill? We’d love to see it!