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Back in April, I cashed in my Crate and Barrel Anniversary Sale gift cards. I was digging for brown sugar in my cabinets the other day and found one of the goodies I picked up.

Honey Herb Chicken Rub!  I rubbed down some boneless and skinless chicken breasts in this yummy rub and was ready to fire up the grill!

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These rubs are $4.95 and still available at Crate & Barrel. The Honey Herb made a nice glaze.  I used the entire packet on 2 chicken breasts that I sliced in half.


One of my favorite blogs is  Kevin & Amanda. Amanda posted a Summer Roasted Veggie Recipe recently.


I  sliced up the goods and popped them in the oven. I think I will be serving this for every dinner for the rest of the summer. It tastes amazing and looks great on a plate.


The recipe made just enough for 2 servings.  Depending on who your feeding… I would double it. The recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of kosher salt. I would use 1/4 a tsp instead.

Head over to Kevin and Amanda’s for the recipe.

Keep it Spicy,



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There is a little place in Chapel Hill that I love. K&W Cafeteria’s. The majority of customers at K&W are senior citizens and college students. This always makes for a fun lunch. For years and before I stopped eating beef, I always ordered the Baked Spaghetti. I would slide my tray down the bars past the green jello filled with fruit. All they way to the veggie section and ask for green beans, fried okra and the best yeast rolls ever.

A few years ago, I met a close friend of mine from high school for lunch at K&W. He attended UNC for undergrad and for Law School. We were talking about how great the Baked Spaghetti is and guessing what they put in it. It has this sweet but tangy taste with cheesy top. A few days later my friend sent me an email FW:Baked Spaghetti. Its been in my inbox since Sat, 7 Jan 2006.

Mr. Spicy Lens loves it and its probably my easy meal never fails recipe.

K&W Baked Spaghetti

6 ounces (a little less than half of a 1-pound package) dry thin spaghetti
1 pound ground turkey (Substitute for Ground Beef or Ground Chicken )
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 and 1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
3/4 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 cup beef stock
1/2 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water.
Drain and set aside.

Chop 1 cup of onions.

In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, combine ground meat and onions, and
cook, crumbling meat as it cooks with a wooden spoon. Drain well.

Stir in salt, pepper, chili powder, Worcester sauce, ketchup, mustard
and 1/4 cup cheddar. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Fold
spaghetti and beef stock into meat mixture, then put into a 9-by-12 inch
baking dish. Top with mozzarella and 1/2 cup cheddar.

Bake 20 minutes until cheese begins to brown.

Enjoy the goodness of K&W.

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One of my favorite bloggers, The Pioneer Woman, posted this recipe a while ago.

It is one of my favorites. It taste so yummy and its quick. Mr. Spicy Lens liked its so its Spicy Approved!

Here is my plate. I served it with steamed rice and veggies.

Check out The Pioneer Woman for the recipe.

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I went out-of-town this weekend, so I prayed for it to rain while I was gone.

We got a little rain and my plants survived the heat wave.

As soon as I got in a checked the deck. Here is my first RED tomato. Super excited.


How cute is my first Cucumber? Gonna slice it up with vinegar and a little salt and pepper later.


My pepper plant is finally blooming! My seedlings have come a long way since April.


One day I’ll have a backyard with a real garden. Until then, the deck will do.

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Today I had a taste for fried okra.

( Fried Okra in the bowl from Mary Mac’s in Atlanta, GA)

I finished up work for the day and headed to the grocery store to pick some up. After pacing up and down the frozen food section for about five times, I left grocery store #1 and headed to #2. On the way I called my mom.

Mom: ” Hello”

Me: “I’m moving back now!”

Mom: “Jacquelyn. Why?”

Me: “They don’t have fried okra here!”

Mom: ( Laughter) “Did you try another store? ”

As I walked into store #2 while on the phone with her, she made a suggestion. Check the produce section for fresh okra and fry your own.

However, Reason # 2 that I am not wanted here.

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Jersey doesn’t have Cracker Meal either!!!!! Cracker Meal is a crushed cracker mixture used to batter food. Perfect for fried okra.

Oh, the produce section didn’t have raw okra either. Wishful thinking.

My mouth and my mind were set on Fried Okra. I hopped back in the car and drove to store #3 in North Jersey.

I was able to find frozen okra in store #3. But they didn’t have the battered kind. This store didn’t have Cracker Meal either. So I came home and fixed the rest of my dinner. I wanted a veggie plate for  dinner. I can always count on this meal at three places. My Mom’s kitchen, Momma Dip’s in Chapel Hill and Cracker Barrel.

Defeated, I came home and fixed my yams, corn, peas and broccoli. It was yummy, but something was missing. FRIED OKRA.

This is a sign. Carolina Girls aren’t welcomed in Jersey.

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Sunday night I baked a cake.

Yesterday afternoon,  I went to the gym.

Last night, after some time on the treadmill,  I came home and cooked some turkey bacon.

Then I mixed it up with  some lettuce, sliced red onion and sliced roma tomato.

I drizzled some Balsamic Vinaigrette on my BLT salad and ate what was an almost healthy dinner.

Then I went back into the kitchen, iced the cake and cut a slice.

Don’t Judge Me.

It’s a box cake. Most holidays and slow weekends, I bake cakes from scratch. Random Sunday nights, I use Betty Crocker’s SuperMoist Box Cake Mix.

I like instant gratification and the taste of Rainbow Chip Icing.

Don’t judge me because I ate cake after the gym. Don’t judge me because I sometimes use box cake mix.

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I got this recipe from my BFF who is recently engaged. YAY! She passed it on to me from Miss Ann in Nashville.

It is really tasty and too good not to share.

The Goods:

Boil Bow Tie Pasta for 12-14 minutes or until Al Dente. Then sit aside.

Slice two Chicken Breasts in half. Then use wax paper/plastic wrap to cover.


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