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Lemon Beef Thing

Lemon Beef Thing

Lemmon Beef Thing

This is one of my favorite dishes. It is a nice change from the usual flavors we have around here. My recipe is adapted from a dish my mom used to make which was adapted from a veal scaloppini recipe. Don’t worry, there is no veal involved. In fact, there is no form of scaloppini in this recipe.


Stew meat, or any cut of beef cut into large bite-sized pieces

Onion powder
Lemon juice
Olive oil

On a plate on in a large baggie, mix together flour, salt, and onion powder. Coat the meat with the flour mixture, and shake off excess flour. I put mine on a plate or in a bowl after I shake off the flour, just to make things easier.
Heat an iron skillet on medium-high. When it’s hot add olive oil, covering the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat, placing just one layer of meat in the skillet. You are not trying to cook the meat through, just brow the outside. You may have to work in batches. I drizzle some olive oil on top of the meat while it’s in the skillet and before I flip it. If the pan goes fry of oil, add more oil.

Set the browned meat aside, and clean the skillet. This is easy, just run cold water in the very hot skillet and scrub with a nylon brush. The goal is to get the browned flour out. Put the skillet back on the stove to reheat and dry. It only takes a minute. When the skillet is hot again, add a just little oil and return the meat to the skillet. Pour in lemon juice, drizzling over meat, cover, and reduce heat to med-low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The amount of lemon juice will vary according to how much liquid you want. It will cook down and form a thick sauce with the flour from the coated meat. You can add more lemon juice as you go if it’s drying out too much.

You can keep this warm on the stove or in the oven for quite a while before serving. Serve with on top of white rice. It goes well with steamed and buttered Brussels sprouts.

Ditch Your Shampoo

Ditch Your Shampoo

You don’t need it. Shampooing is one of the worst things you can do for your hair. It strips it of all its natural oils, drying your hair and damaging it, while at the same time stimulating the oil glands in your scalp to produce too much oil in an effort to keep up. The end result is dry hair and oily roots, prompting you to wash even more often.

Professionals (such as models) who must have beautiful, healthy hair will go days or weeks without shampooing, only washing their hair immediately before a shoot or other event.

The solution
Wash with baking soda and lemon juice. First make a thin paste of baking soda and water, pour and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for about 10 minutes if you can. Then rinse with lemon juice diluted in water.

If you are used to using shampoo every day or every other day, it could take a couple of weeks to see good results. Your scalp will need time to adjust and slow down on the oil production.

You will still need to condition your hair some. I recommend dabbing a small amount of coconut oil on towel-dried hair. No need to rinse it out. You can use olive oil, if you prefer.