Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with RASHAD AND LASHA, A Center City New Dynasty Story Author Angelia Vernon Menchan #recipe ~ Chicken Pasta with Spinach

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, ANGELIA VERNON MENCHAN, and her favorite recipe for CHICKEN PASTA WITH SPINACH!!


A Center City New Dynasty Story


Lasha Felipe and Rashad were student and graduate student, respectively at The University of Florida. Rashad was President Of the local #BlackLivesMatter chapter and The Black Student Union.

Lasha was part of both but focused on her studies and another professorial grad student.

But things changed and Rashad reached out for her assistance on a Christmas project last year and sparks flew… but neither was sure, Rashad thought Lasha was a Black American Princess with her pedigree, wealthy father and brilliance.

Lasha wasn’t sure she was ‘black enough’ for Rashad. But would circumstance prove otherwise? Of course it did but can it last beyond… the initial attraction?


A Center City New Dynasty Story


Lasha walked into her own birthday party feeling melancholy. She was grateful for it and the room was filled with friends and family. Even her mom and stepfather had driven up, but she missed Rashad. Nine months earlier they started a relationship, but three months later Rashad received a paid, six-month teaching stint at Cambridge in London. Along with everyone else she was thrilled for him and proud, but she missed him. They called and FaceTime regularly and she was very busy but…

Happy Birthday! Everyone yelled when she walked in and her face opened in a genuine smile. She knew she was blessed, and it was only three more weeks. She started giggling when her dad, Jeremy walked towards her with Gloria, her grandma on his arm. She squealed with delight that Gloria had made it from the Dominican Republic for her twentieth birthday. She enfolded her elder in her arms and kissed all over her face.

“Ooooo grandma, thank you.” Lasha exclaimed. “I’m so glad you came.”

“Twenty is a big deal, my child. You’re in your last year of university and are now so grownup, I wouldn’t have missed it.”

“Me either…” a deep voice said behind her, causing Lasha to twirl around and face… Rashad. She blinked as if not believing her eyes before leaping in his arms and wrapping her legs around him.

“Oh, god, you’re here!”

“Baby, I wouldn’t miss your day, but you might want to unwrap your legs before I embarrass us.” He whispered. Giggles poured from her as she slid from his arms, placing her face in his neck.

“This is the best birthday present ever.” She whispered as he kissed her forehead lightly. The crowd looked on, especially Linda Honore, Lasha’s mother who didn’t know Rashad. Her eyes flickered to Jeremy who was grinning, standing next to his wife, Francine, who was beaming.

Meet Author Angelia Vernon Menchan…

Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana and mentor. Since January 2006, she has published 34 printed books and an additional 124 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for 15 authors to date.  

Her personal motto is, ‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.’ 

In 2017 she decided to add her hallmark phrase “Just LOVE” to coffee mugs and tee-shirts. This phrase has taken on a life of its own! In addition, Angelia is a prolific public speaker and mentor to women of all ages. She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cover designer, Maurice Menchan.


Links to Angelia’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rashad-Lasha-Center-Dynasty-Story-ebook/dp/B07M9SK8RC/ref=pd_sim_351_1/144-5656547-3865237?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07M9SK8RC&pd_rd_r=02f08c82-267c-11e9-9ef7-8b5dde2c9ca4&pd_rd_w=zkPwC&pd_rd_wg=cS7lX&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=92SM1SEDE3PSPS6Q2NHM&psc=1&refRID=92SM1SEDE3PSPS6Q2NHM

Website: www.angeliavernonmenchan.com

Blog: Http://honorablemenchanmedia.blogspot.com

I hope you enjoy the recipe Angelia is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


P.S. We’re at 408 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right-hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



2 oz. spaghetti or angel hair
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic
2 c. diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
3 c. baby spinach
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Freshly torn basil, for garnish


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until golden and no longer pink inside, about 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice.
  3. Meanwhile, in same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel–lined plate, then chop. Pour off half of fat from skillet.
  4. Add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach to skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant and slightly wilted, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water. Simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta and toss until fully coated, then add chicken and bacon and toss until combined. (For a looser sauce, stir in more reserved pasta water.)
  6. Garnish with basil before serving.


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Angelia will give away an ebook copy of RASHAD AND LASHA to two lucky readers who comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Thanks, Angelia, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with RASHAD AND LASHA, A Center City New Dynasty Story Author Angelia Vernon Menchan #recipe ~ Chicken Pasta with Spinach”

  1. Thanks for the introduction and excerpt, not to mention the delicious sounding recipe!
    Nice to meet you, Angelia, and thank you, Karen.

  2. Good morning, Angelia, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! I don’t think I’ve ever read this premise before. I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing the story with us, as well as the yummy sounding recipe! Will have to try both. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing your book with us 😍❤😍
    Sounds Great 👍
    Thanks for the chance 😃💖😍💗😘

  4. Thanks for joining us and sharing the premise and excerpt of your book along with that yummy recipe. Thanks for the chance.

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