Simple Roasted Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

03/04/2015   |   No Comments »

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Crock pot recipes are great any time of year, but especially so with this late-season winter weather we’re having!

I love making this crock pot roasted chicken recipe because it really makes pulling together a fast and flavorful meal so simple. And by cooking chicken in your crock pot, you’ll end up with really moist meat that’s actually rotisserie-like in flavor. Yum! Read the rest of this entry »


Pure Comfort Food: Chicken Noodle Casserole

03/02/2015   |   No Comments »

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This chicken noodle casserole is the ultimate in comfort casseroles, and it’s so quick and easy to make! It’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal, clocking in at just over 30 minutes between prep and bake time. And, it features only four ingredients. How easy is that? Read the rest of this entry »


Ginger Margaritas with a Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe

02/27/2015   |   No Comments »

ginger margarita recipe

My husband came up with this recipe for ginger margaritas and was kind enough to lend it out to feature on the blog. He’s so amazing!

They’re so delicious I don’t know if I can drink a regular margarita and enjoy it as much anymore. I love the accent of the ginger flavor and the homemade simple syrup element. Read the rest of this entry »


Pistachio Health Benefits and Recipes

02/25/2015   |   No Comments »


Yep, that’s right. Tomorrow, February 26, is National Pistachio Day. Thank you to The Nibble, by the way, for posting such an awesome national food holidays calendar. I like to check it out from time to time to see what upcoming foods or dishes are being honored, so I can help celebrate on Kitchenability. Like, with the pistachio. Seriously.

Pistachios are my favorite nut. And I firmly believe it isn’t possible to eat just one. Have you ever tried? Impossible! They are just too good. And, eating a bunch of pistachios is actually okay — as long as you don’t eat the whole bag — because they contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts. Read the rest of this entry »


Dog Treat Recipes: Pumpkin Dog Treats

02/23/2015   |   2 Comments

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As many of you know, I have a puppy named Archer.

I like to make homemade dog treats for him from time to time because it’s a way for me to control how they’re made and to make sure they’re as healthy as possible.

For this latest batch, I chose to use pumpkin as the primary ingredient because my vet said pumpkin is great for dogs, especially if they have upset stomachs.

And, as you can tell from the photo, he loves them! Plus, did you know February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day? Amazing! Read the rest of this entry »


Salmon Omelet Recipe + More Wintery Weekend Meals

02/20/2015   |   No Comments »

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With the super cold temperatures, and the snow and ice falling in Virginia Beach, I’ve had some time to really get cooking at home lately!

Over Valentine’s Day weekend, my husband and I whipped up some salmon, mashed potatoes and asparagus for dinner. I used a recipe for a Creamy Dill Sauce from for the salmon, which my father in law discovered and shared with us. Read the rest of this entry »


Heart Healthy Whiskey Ginger Grilled Salmon Recipe

02/18/2015   |   No Comments »

whiskey ginger grilled salmon

Today we are sharing with you a salmon recipe in honor of February being National Heart Month.

Adding salmon into your diet is a great way to help your heart, since it is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D. Salmon also increases cardiovascular benefits by lowering cholesterol and decreasing fatal cardiovascular incidents, making it an extra excellent protein alternative.  Read the rest of this entry »


Get to Know Your Spice Rack: All About Basil

02/16/2015   |   No Comments »

about basil

One great way to improve your Kitchenability — and fast — is to get to know your spice rack. Understanding the basic flavor profiles of the herbs (fresh and dried) in the market and, likely, already in your spice rack at home, will really kick your cooking up a notch…or two, or three.

Today’s “Get to Know Your Spice Rack” herb of choice is: Basil!

Basil is an aromatic herb from the mint family, and is native to tropical Asia. The leaves are used in many Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Read the rest of this entry »


Valentine’s Day Sweets: Bourbon Bananas Foster Recipe

02/13/2015   |   No Comments »

Bananas Foster Recipe

Do you know how you’re going to celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend?

Going out to eat can get pricey — especially on Valentine’s Day. I actually prefer to stay home on Valentine’s Day. I worked in the food industry, so I know Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. It can simply get overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »


Get to Know Your Spice Rack: It’s About Thyme

02/11/2015   |   No Comments »

about thyme

Thyme is a low-growing aromatic plant from the mint family. The small leaves are used as a culinary herb for cooking. Thyme leaves give your foods a minty and tea-like flavor. Read the rest of this entry »