Monday, September 25, 2017

Homemade Salad Dressing, From Super Basic to Extra Fancy

RHODA BOONE 06.23.15

Homemade salad dressing can be as simple as a two ingredient blend or a seven ingredient masterpiece.

To make a bare bones vinaigrette all you need is vinegar (sherry, champagne, balsamic, red, white, or rice wine vinegar) and oil (go with a neutral vegetable oil like grapeseed for a mild base, or your best extra-virgin olive oil for grassier undertones). Traditional vinaigrette recipes call for a ratio of three parts oil to one part vinegar. However, some people—like me—prefer their dressings to pack more punch and choose a 2:1 oil to vinegar ratio. Some vinegars have a higher level of acidity than others, so it's always a good idea to sample your dressing and adjust accordingly.

To make your vinaigrette, whisk a little kosher or fine sea salt into some vinegar until it dissolves. Start with about 1/4 teaspoon salt per tablespoon of vinegar. Keep whisking and slowly drizzle in double the amount of oil as vinegar, then taste. I like to dip a lettuce leaf into the dressing to see how it will taste in my salad instead of tasting it on its own.

If desired, gradually add more oil, tasting incrementally, until you achieve a balance of acidity and fat you enjoy. This two-ingredient dressing will never fully emulsify, but a vigorous whisking will hold it together long enough to dress your salad (just shake or whisk again before serving if you make extra to enjoy throughout the week). Finish the dressing off with some freshly ground black pepper.

A note on citrus: lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juices lend a lovely brightness when subbed in for a portion of the vinegar in a vinaigrette. But, like the name indicates, this dressing has to include vinegar to be considered a true vinaigrette.

Ready to take your dressing to the next level? Add mustard to your vinaigrette and watch emulsification magic happen. When whisked or blended with mustard, oil and vinegar suddenly synthesize into a smooth and creamy concoction. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon or grainy mustard per tablespoon of vinegar.

The key to a tasty vinaigrette is striking the right balance between the levels of acid and fat. Incorporating a sweetener like brown or white sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, or molasses can soften the acidity of the vinegar. Add the salt and your sweetener of choice (a little goes a long way, so start with just a pinch of sugar or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener for every tablespoon of vinegar), whisk to dissolve in the vinegar, then incorporate the oil. You might not need as much oil because the sweetener will round out the sharpness of the vinegar, which is a bonus for those watching their fat intake.

Alliums like garlic and shallots play very well with oil and vinegar. Work wonders by integrating a finely chopped garlic clove or spoonful of minced shallot into your dressing blend. If the taste of raw garlic is too intense for you, try poaching a peeled clove in simmering water for three minutes to remove some of its bite. To tame the onion-y flavor of shallot, soak it in the vinegar for at least five and up to 15 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients to your dressing.

Fresh or dried herbs make vinaigrettes shine. Try any herb (or mix of herbs) you have on hand: basil, thyme, parsley, dill, oregano, marjoram, mint, tarragon, rosemary, cilantro, and chives are all great choices. You'll need about 1/2 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs per tablespoon of vinegar. You can always add more to taste.

Enliven your vinaigrette with toasted crushed or ground spices like red pepper flake, cumin, coriander, smoked or sweet paprika, fennel, or poppy seeds. Mix in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon spice per tablespoon vinegar. These flavor additions are especially nice with grain or lentil salads, grilled or roasted vegetables, or in marinades. Or make a garlic and spice-infused oil, let cool, and whisk with vinegar and any other elements you choose.

Regardless of how far you take your vinaigrette, a few standard rules apply. Make a little at time—just what you need for a meal—or make a lot. It will keep for three days or longer in the fridge, depending on the shelf life of the ingredients you choose. You can store your vinaigrette at room temperature if no fresh ingredients like herbs or alliums are included.

And vinaigrettes aren't just for lettuce; They can be a great marinade for meat, seafood, or vegetables. Or serve your vinaigrette with bread for dipping, drizzle it over sliced fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, use it as a sauce for steamed artichokes, or toss with roasted or grilled vegetables like asparagus, potatoes, eggplant, and summer squash.


La Luna Sangre The Offer

September 26, 2017

“Kailangan si Catleya ang ipadala natin sa ibang bansa kung gusto natin siyang mabuhay.”

“Malia, di ka dapat malungkot sa bawat buhay na di mo nailigtas.” — Catleya

“Handa kaming lahat na isakripisyo ang buhay namin para sa’yo, bagong itinakda.” — Catleya

“Wala kang tungkulin sa bawat isa samin. Ang tungkulin mo, patayin si Supremo.” — Catleya

“Hindi kita bibiguin. Hindi ko kayo bibiguin, ate.” — Malia

“Alam kong mahirap pero ito lang yung makakapagsalba sa buhay ni Ate Catleya.” — Malia

Malia: “Yung spark, dalawang beses nangyare samin yon.”

Gael: “Nangyayare yon dahil nakatakda silang maging magkalaban.”

Gael: “Nabago yon dahil sa pagmamahalan nila sa isa’t isa.”
Malia: “Ibig sabihin may magagawa ako?”

“Hindi ko siya (Tristan) hahayaang mamatay.” — Malia to Gael

“Habang nabubuhay ako, hindi ko hahayaang may mangyareng masama kay Tristan.” — Malia

“Importanteng makita natin kung hanggang saan ang kaya ng bago mong kapangyarihan.” — Baristo 

Jethro for Malia, Samantha for Tristan 

si Sam at Jethro ang Gabay ng mga Itinakdang mag mahalan 💙🙏#LaLunaSangreTheOffer

Julian Mauricio‏ @JulianMauricio  
 "Gagawin ko ang lahat para protektahan si Tristan." Methinks @bernardokath would do the same for @imdanielpadilla IRL. #LaLunaSangreTheOffer

 Julian Mauricio‏ @JulianMauricio  
 Even if @sueannadoodles was written out of the show, she could still make a comeback eventually. Cattleya didn't die. #LaLunaSangreTheOffer

Jethro: katulad  sa magulang mo. nangyari yon sa kanila noon,
            dahil nakatakda sila sa isat-isa....nakatakdang maging magkalaban 

Samantha: baguhin ang daan papunta sa tadhana pwede,
                  pero baguhin ang nakatakda mangyayari ito sa ayaw mo at sa gusto

"Ano'ng silbi ng pagmamahal kung ginagawa ka lang niyang tanga?"



kath look preety with less makeup on her face

bernardokath Ayyyyyy 😍 infairness ha bagay kayo. Try nyo lang 😆 #Ochoaprobs
deniseochoa @bernardokath hahahahah!!! Nauna sa Kathniel to hahahahahha 😂😂😂


September 25, 2017

What a clever lady! Enjoyed some time in the Hollywood limelight, found a man who adores her and has slinked off to enjoy a contented family life! Clearly brains with the beauty! (jessica alba)

TS is not the nice girl that she pretends she's a mean girl behind the closed doors...pretentious & annoying woman with a fake persona. she is a hypocritical bch. A wolf in sheep's clothing

I have always felt that Taylor was a mean girl. She hides it well behind her Miss Perfect persona.

I always knew Taylor was a wolf in sheep's clothing never trust anyone who constantly tries to make you believe theyre a nice sweet and sincere person it should come naturally.

I'm not on anyone's side, but you have to ask yourself, how does someone so "nice" manage to fall out with so many people who have been close to her?

Taylor Swift seems like just a nasty and spiteful bit of goods.....

Nobody can deny there is a very distinct pattern here, the amount of people Swift has had a public spat with, its embarrassing.

Such ridiculous naive lambs who buy this mud, you was brazenly fooled, they make money on you, creating false images of saints. AJ created a big PR company to promote her movie, she is ready to go on the heads. Too much hypocrisy and dirt.

she is not promoting the movie, she is promoting only HERSELF through all this bruhaha. That's why she is called out for.

Pitt is more private than Jolie will be.


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