Thursday, March 5, 2015

#FoodieFriDIY - Gree with Envy


So, we're STILL blind-less on the main floor and downstairs.  The special order replacement hardware came in on Monday.  Yeah.  We're definitely not going head over there after work.  We'll be picking those things up this weekend.  The theory is that the package was damaged and the hardware was missing.  Yeah.  Okay.  *shrugs*  

At least they're discounting those things 20% for the whole situation.  It was frustrating, taking too long, and just poor communication in their store.  If that TRULY was the issue, then why not state that up front?  Let a manager know.  Leave a note on the box?  A note in the system?  SOMETHING to let people know what had happen.  But, c'est la vie I guess.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chicken Fajita Sloppy Joes

Fajita seasoning is the star in this simple and quick Chicken Fajita Sloppy Joe recipe. It was LICK THE PAN delicious. And I mean that. Don't say I didn't warn you…

I tried. Really I did. I tried to make this pretty. I tried to clean the plate. I really REALLY did try. This recipe is just one of those messy ones. That’s all there is to it. It’s juicy, it’s messy, it’s OH SO TASTY! You won’t mind the mess when you get your first bite. Then you’ll devour it and wonder what happened to your sandwich.

Trust me when I say this.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I mean, I wiped using napkin after napkin. Then a juicy morsel would fall off the bun…again. Then it would start all over. I finally gave up. One, I was hungry and this was making me drool all over my phone, and two, there was just no way to keep this clean. There will be no way to keep yourself clean while eating it unless you use a fork and knife. And, well, that’s just against the laws of a sloppy joes. Emphasis on the SLOPPY.

See? I’d already wiped the plate clean about 4 times in this shot. No, it just LOOKS like there’s too much on the bun. There’s really only about 1/3 cup on the bun. It’s just so …



Yes. It did manage to just ooze out of the bun and over the cheese making this the messiest lunch ever. But just look at all that color and flavor right there! The peppers, onions, tomatoes, chicken, flavors, spices. Honestly, how can you deny yourself such delicious goodness? And it’s healthy to boot! I KNOW! But it’s true! It’s chicken breast, it’s vegetables, it’s reduced fat cheese, it’s a white wheat bun. It’s healthy.

Yes, those ARE fire-roasted tomatoes thank you for asking! You can see flecks of the blackened roasted tomatoes floating around in there.  Every time I make a southwest or Tex-Mex style meal, I think they add a layer of flavor that elevates the dish. That added smoky flavor hides in the background, but you can taste it. It’s there, lurking. It enhances the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika from the fajita seasoning. Recipe to come. I know, a little backwards, but that just means you have to come back later to find it. Because it is


So, you’ll just have to come back and read all about it probably this weekend depending on how my kitchen time goes today.

This sandwich is also the bomb. Before I serve dinner, I usually ask S to taste it and see what it needs. His flavor palette is different than mine and I value his opinion. This time, he tasted it and I asked, “What’s it need?” “Nothing.” “Nothing?” “Nothing. It’s delicious!” And there ya have it folks! If S says it’s delicious, you know it’s DELICIOUS!

What’s the messiest sandwich you’ve ever made or eaten?

Chicken Fajita Sloppy Joes

A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Published 3/4/2015

Fajita seasoning is the star in this simple and quick Chicken Fajita Sloppy Joe recipe. It was LICK THE PAN delicious. And I mean that. Don't say I didn't warn you…


  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
  • 14 ounces canned tomatoes, un-drained
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • Easy Fries


  1. Brown the chicken in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high. Add the onions and peppers and simmer until they begin to soften.
  2. Sprinkle the fajita seasoning over the chicken and then add the tomatoes.
  3. Bring to a low boil then simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
  4. Place one bun on each of four plates. Divide the chicken mixture evenly between the four buns and top with the cheese.
  5. Serve with the Easy fries, forks, and LOTS of napkins. Better yet, a BIB!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hot Hamburger Hoagie

Hot hamburger, the hubs' fave go to meal is turned into a deliciously quick sandwich in this Hot Hamburger Beef Dip. Swimming with ground beef, mushrooms, and delicious gravy, it will be your new fave go to meal.

I have been making some KILLER sandwiches lately. Like this week. I make lip smacking chicken fajita joes. I think S licked the pan. I can’t confirm this as I was on doggie doodie that night, but it was awfully clean when I got back.

I can’t say I blame him. I almost licked my bowl from lunch yesterday. I’m not ashamed to admit this because it was healthy and DELICIOUS! No. Not delicious. It was…


Oh, not to worry! That recipe will show up eventually. Just not right now. This recipe is about this delicious hot hamburger hoagie. Ya know, we almost had hot hamburger last night for dinner, but I vetoed that idea with a roasted chicken. Which was pretty darned good! I spatchcocked it and coated it with Greek seasoning. But the best part was it was marked down! I’ve been getting REALLY lucky with that lately.

Here’s HOW lucky. I wanted to make some chicken sloppy joes and though ground turkey would be better. As luck would have it, there was a package of ground chicken marked down. I wanted to make a slow cooker lemon rosemary chicken with thighs. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs marked down. I wanted to make some fajitas; Milanese style think cut steaks marked down. This week? Chicken and there were several marked down. 

Like I said, lucky!

Is it lunch time yet? I’m drooling just looking at the pictures of this recipe. It was oh so tasty!

Think, Salisbury steak meets cheese steak? I think that’s the best way to describe this recipe. It has ground beef, mushrooms, onions, a delicious mushroom sauce and then topped with creamy Provolone cheese.

Oh yeah baby. Like I said…


Yup. This was lunch. It was a hearty and filling lunch, no joke!! Actually, I didn’t eat ALL that meat. I’m watching my protein intake. I am trying to maintain 6 ounces a day. For some that’s an insanely small amount, but it’s what my weight requires. If I can ever lose some, then it’ll be even less. We are definitely carb friendly in the house of AKHA.

Hence the large hoagie roll. Granted, I need to stop eating so much in general, but when one cooks food that looks and TASTES this delicious, it’s really difficult not to just eat to my heart’s content. Hence the added poundage. And the knee really doesn’t help either. Some day…

Really. Just try looking at that and NOT drooling. I dare ya! You can’t do it, can you? *I* can’t either, so you’re in good company with that one.

I am on a quest to turn almost every ground beef recipe into a sloppy joe or hoagie of some description. I mean, they’re easy, tasty, usually require few ingredients, and usually frugal eats. I have several sloppy joe type recipes already. You really should check them out.

What main dish have you turned into a sandwich?


Hot Hamburger Hoagie

A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Published 3/2/2015

Hot hamburger, the hubs' fave go to meal is turned into a deliciously quick sandwich in this Hot Hamburger Beef Dip. Swimming with ground beef, mushrooms, and delicious gravy, it will be your new fave go to meal.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 cup beef broth (fat free)
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (reduced fat)
  • Easy Fries


  1. Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until the begin to soften. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and cook until browned.
  2. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are browned and have released their juices.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl. Pour over the beef mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.
  4. Preheat the broiler.
  5. Slice the rolls almost in half. Coat the inside of the tops with butter. Place 1/2 to 2/3 cup of the beef mixture over the bottom of each of the four hoagie rolls. Top with one slice of cheese cut into half and broil until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  6. Remove from heat, slice in half, and serve with Easy Fries.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pizza Roasted Chickpeas - Beantastic #SundaySupper

These roasted chickpeas are crunchy, tasty, and healthy! They're tossed with savory pizza seasoning, Italian seasoning, and some garlic salt to give them that pizza parlor flavor.

We’re all about the beans for this #SundaySupper. I had many thoughts; bean soup, re-fried beans, three bean salad, baked beans. But, I wanted to make something I’ve never made before and have been struggling with; roasted chickpeas.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

@NotKetchup Cherry Chipotle Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches

Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle sauce is base for this deliciously sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Cherry Chipotle Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches are messy good, so grab some napkins or a towel. 

Again, Erika over at Not Ketchup was a fabulous sponsor to the most recent event I participated in; #TripleSBites.  I used a little of her sauce for my Lime Shrimp with Chipotle Cherry Cocktail Sauce.  Ya know?  The sauce the hubs almost lick straight out of the bowl it was that good?  And it was that good due, in part – okay for the MOST PART – due to this delicious Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle sauce.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

#FoodieFriDIY - Tantilizing Taters


*insert small DIY rant*

So, we're still blind-less on the main floor and downstairs.  The special order blinds that pre-paid - remember this for later - were not in yet.  The order said Saturday.  We get up Saturday and pick up our mail (there's another story there....) and then head to Home Depot to pick up our blinds.  

Um, there here, but there's no one in receiving and it appears as if the box was opened and the hardware was remove.  I'm sorry, what did you just say?  The box was opened and the hardware is missing.  

Okay, just because they're in your receiving and you haven't physically given them to us yet doesn't mean they're yours.  We PRE-PAID for those buggers!  They're ours.  We would have had them shipped to the house had we actually felt comfortable receiving mail at the house.  So, someone stole the hardware out of OUR package of special order blinds and now we have to wait another week to get new hardware for our blinds.  Believe me when I say words will be had.


Peach Green Tea Macaron - #OrganicCeremonialGradeMatcha

#OrganicCeremonialGradeMatcha powder is in the shells and peach flavored brandy is in the ganache. These Peach Green Tea Macaron are delicate and delicious.

I’ve never jumped on the food trends wagon. Ergo, I’ve never cooked with cookie butter, banoffee, or matcha. That is until now. Since I was dying to try to make matcha macaron, and Kiss Me Oragnics was offering up a sample for free to try on Tomoson, I thought I’d try my hand at some matcha macaron.

I know. That’s probably not what they were intending I would do with the organic green tea powder I received, but I don’t have a tea set and I don’t have a tea whisk. And, to be honest, I wouldn’t know if it tasted better than others or not.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pear, Prosciutto, Polenta Bites - Oscar Party #SundaySuper

Coins of polenta are baked until crispy, then topped with pears and Asiago cheese wrapped in prosciutto and baked until the cheese is melted. They are crispy, sweet, salty, and smoky good! 

So, this post was supposed to happen Sunday. It didn’t. The post vanished. Not in the retrievable kind of way, either. I’m not the only one this has happened to (another on here)and this isn’t the first time it’s happened. It’s just the first time it’s happened for a #SundaySupper post when I really didn’t have the option to rewrite it all.