First, let’s look at the new recipe.

I was asked to bring a “vegetable or green” to a luncheon meeting held on Monday. I had NO idea what to bring; a traditional green salad was not what was asked; and a plain and simple vegetable seemed….well, just that…plain and simple.

So I asked my very good friend Julieta at

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This is one of the finest cooking, life style, and life-in-the-South blogs and it just happens to be written by one of my oldest friends. So take a look!

This is what she recommended I take to the luncheon:
Pea and Asparagus Salad


The top layer is asparagus, but underneath is a layer of tiny peas, then the pea shoots.


Just before serving add the lemon,olive oil dressing.

Pea and Asparagus Salad With Meyer Lemon Dressing

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Note the asparagus: yes, they are all sliced lengthwise!

I used frozen “tiny” peas. I found pea shoots in a bag at Whole Foods, but you could also substitute watercress (thank you, Lindaraxa!) I did use two Meyer lemons, again found at Whole Foods. And yes, I sliced each and every asparagus lengthwise. At first I thought what???? no way. But it really didn’t take very long and made such a difference. And I strongly recommend a liberal dose of shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano just before serving.

As you can see, I did NOT mix everything together but instead layered each ingredient. The end result was so pretty!

And now on to the new hairdo!


Before. Curly, frizzy, and lots of it.


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After. Can you believe the difference???

Here’s the product:

Juvexin by GKhair

You may have read about hair straightening products and there have been several new ones in the last few years. But they all contain some kind of harmful chemicals, namely formaldehyde . Not only is this just not a good idea but you also had to not wash or crimp hair (as in when sleeping) for almost 3-5 days. You weren’t able to exercise as that might destroy the set of the solution. I know people who were very pleased with the end result, but the process was, for me, prohibitive.
Enter my man Chris at Hair Studio 168 in Durham. Chris does a beautiful job at cutting my sometimes wild hair and has been talking about the “hair smoothing” process from GK for over a year. The humidity has returned to North Carolina and I just couldn’t stand it any more. A summer with smooth hair? It was worth a try.

What do I think about it, five days after the treatment?
Early this morning  I was out gardening for almost two hours and really couldn’t believe it when I looked in the mirror. Not a frizz in sight!!! Amazzzzzzzing. I mean, I don’t look any different…it’s just that I look the way I would in January when it’s not humid. Normal. Except that my hair is definitely silkier and smoother and yes, it was easier to blow dry.

Maybe there won’t be as many bad hair days this summer!

P.S. Please do email me if you have specific questions about the entire process and product.