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Vinegar the alternative cleaner?!?

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In March of 2012, the Silent Springs Institute in Massachusetts released a "scientific study" declaring that vinegar be recommended as an "alternative cleaner." We Yankees have been using vinegar as a cleaner in hundreds of different ways for centuries. Well, before I get my gander up about how foolishly institutes spend their money or how foolish institutes are, let me give you some other ideas about how you can use vinegar and its namesake Vinaigrette - and how easy it is to make your own at home. You won't find these highly-addictive Vinaigrettes on your store shelves.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Perfect to be served coating your outdoor, grilled fish fillets this summer.

  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 t. sour cream
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • Salt
  • 1/4 c. plus 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the lemon juice, sour cream, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Slowly whisk in the 1/4 cup olive oil.

Cumin-lime Vinaigrette

Talk about making edgy steaks. Man, pass the tequila.

  • 3/4 c. lime juice
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Probably the best dressing you will enjoy with any fruit salad. Soak chicken breasts for 3 hours in it instead of the normal Italian dressing.

  • 1/2 c. ruby red grapefruit, juiced (or 3/4 c. ruby red grapefruit juice)
  • 1 T. dried, chopped basil leaves
  • 1/2 t. dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

For both recipes, combine all ingredients besides oil in a blender on high and combine until well mixed. With your blender on low (or high if you don't have a low setting), slowly drizzle in the oil until emulsified, about 1 minute after pouring in all the oil.

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