7 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

07/21/2014   |   No Comments »

whiskey peach ice cream | @kitchenability

July is National Ice Cream Month, but, more importantly, today is actually National Ice Cream Day! Basically, this means it is your duty as an American to eat ice cream today.

To help you with this noble cause, I have rounded up a selection of homemade ice cream recipes I’ve concocted over the years. To view the recipes, simply click the recipe names below. And, I’m including an easy-to-share, printable recipe card for my Whiskey Peaches with Brown Sugar and Honey Ice Cream. YUM! Read the rest of this entry »


Summertime Asparagus Salad Recipe

07/18/2014   |   No Comments »

asparagus salad | @kitchenability

I’m always looking for new summery side dishes to bring to picnics and BBQs, or just to enjoy with a weeknight meal at home.

This summer salad is easy, healthy, and delicious. You can either toss the asparagus on the grill, or follow my stove top instructions below. Then, simply mix the asparagus with some fresh garden tomatoes and mozzarella, drizzle some balsamic glaze on top, and… voila! Read the rest of this entry »


11 Blueberry Recipes for National Blueberry Month

07/16/2014   |   No Comments »

blueberry lemon ice cream | @kitchenability

It’s National Blueberry Month!

But, blueberries are in season all summer long, so it’s a good time to be thinking about how you can incorporate them into as many recipes as possible.

I’ve already blogged about several recipes that feature the nutritionally beneficial blueberry:

Super Blueberry Smoothie Recipe: Blueberries are an excellent antioxidant and a great addition to almost any morning meal. If I’m not sprinkling them on top of my oatmeal, I’m blending them up into a breakfast smoothie, like this one. Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Pizzas: Tex-Mex Tortilla Pizza Recipe

07/14/2014   |   1 Comment

tortilla pizza | @kitchenability

This play on pizza is a really fun and easy recipe to throw together on a busy weeknight. The tortillas crisp up in the oven, creating a very thin crust that you can load up with all of your favorite toppings.

For the recipe below, I went with a Tex-Mex theme and used ground turkey, black beans, corn, red onion, and spinach, substituting the usual pizza sauce for a flavorful BBQ sauce. But I encourage you to play around with the toppings and create your own masterpiece! Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability Wedding Planning: Thank You, Ladies!

07/11/2014   |   No Comments »

Nisa Burns and Carolyn Cox

My wedding planning is coming along!

There’s still a lot to do, but now it’s just figuring out the small details. Lately, I have been stressing over wedding shoes, what to wear with my dress, the centerpieces, seating charts, sending invites out, and a bunch of other small details that go along with getting married.

I could not do any of this without my AMAZING maid of honor! She has kept me in line and in check, has calmed me down, and has spent countless hours with me talking about wedding stuff. Read the rest of this entry »


Beat the Heat: 10 Cold Soup Recipes for Summer

07/09/2014   |   No Comments »

cold soup recipe | @kitchenability

On these hot summer days, I suggest pairing a fresh summer salad with one of the following cold soup recipes for lunch or dinner. Leave the oven off and instead whip up something cool and refreshing!

One of my favorite cold summer soups is gazpacho. I blogged about this refreshing Gazpacho recipe for Parade Magazine (pictured above), which I suggest you try. Gazpacho is especially seasonally amazing because of the sweetness of the summertime tomatoes. But, there are several other excellent cold soup ideas out there.

I did some browsing and found the following cold soup recipes that sound amazing and I’d like to try: Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability’s Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert Review

07/07/2014   |   No Comments »

Arctic Zero ice cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, and to go along with that I have decided to highlight Arctic Zero’s ice cream-like frozen dessert.

They sent me a pint of their sea salt caramel flavor to try, and honestly I could not believe how tasty this was for being only 36 calories per serving (the whole pint is is only 150 calories!). I was shocked. It’s a great substitute for the health conscious. It is also gluten and dairy free. Read the rest of this entry »


4th of July Recipes: Fruit Salsa

07/04/2014   |   No Comments »

fruit salad | @kitchenability

This Independence Day, I decided to highlight my dear friend Nichole Evans’ fruit salsa.

As a chef and baker herself, she knows her way around the kitchen. Not only is she inspiring, but her food is fantastic! This is a recipe all her own, and I recently had the pleasure of accompanying her to make it.

I can tell you, as pretty as it looks, it tastes just as good! And it’s one of the best 4th of July recipes!

July 4th is all about grilling out, having fun, and enjoying the company of family and friends. This recipe would be a great addition to any BBQ you attend this Fourth of July. Read the rest of this entry »


22 Fourth of July Recipes: Burgers, Sides & Drinks

07/02/2014   |   2 Comments

jungle juice recipe | @kitchenability

Yes, it’s almost Independence Day, but it could also be easily referred to as National Cookout Day.

And, since many of you will either be planning your own cookouts or figuring out something to bring to someone else’s celebration, I thought I’d round up all of the Fourth of July recipes that have been swirling around on Kitchenability and on my blog channel at Parade Magazine lately. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t Forget Lunch: Simple Lunch Ideas

06/30/2014   |   No Comments »

Kettle salt & vinegar potato chipsNo matter what I’m up to or how busy I am, I always take the time to stop and have lunch. I know what I like and what gives me the midday energy boost I need, so I typically end up having roughly the same lunch every day. And, I wanted to share it with you! Read the rest of this entry »