Thanksgiving Recipes: Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing Recipe

11/26/2014   |   No Comments »

stuffing recipe

I wanted to share one final Thanksgiving recipe with you before the flurry of food, friends, family and festivities commences tomorrow.

This recipe was originally posted on my Parade blog. It’s a family recipe from my Gram (my stepmother’s mom), which was handed down to her from her mother. So, it’s been well tested over time and with great results — it’s delicious!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And, check back after the holiday — I’ll be posting some great leftover turkey recipes next week! Read the rest of this entry »


Thanksgiving Recipes: Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

11/24/2014   |   No Comments »

easy pumpkin muffins recipe | @kitchenability

I posted about my favorite Pumpkin Muffins Recipe around Halloween, but wanted to revisit it this week, since it’s also a perfect pre-meal snack or post-meal dessert for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie is definitely a fall favorite, but save some of those cans of pumpkin and make these muffins. You won’t regret it! Read the rest of this entry »


Thanksgiving Recipes: Just-Like-Mom’s Easy Apple Pie Recipe

11/21/2014   |   No Comments »

apple pie recipe | @kitchenabilityHomemade apple pie is a Thanksgiving must!

For this pie, I took a recipe from allrecipes and tweaked it to my liking. I used the basic cooking method, but added a few extra things and coated the apples. I also used Honeycrisp apples instead of Granny Smith apples.

Trust me when I say: It was delicious! I hope you give it a try. Read the rest of this entry »


Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Relish Recipe

11/19/2014   |   1 Comment

cranberry relish recipe | @kitchenability

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there’s no time like the present to start making plans for the Big Day’s main dishes and sides.

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, which adds the perfect complement to everyone’s plates: My easy and tasty Cranberry Relish Recipe! Read the rest of this entry »


Wedding & Honeymoon Update + Introducing Mrs. Nisa Burns Cochran!

11/17/2014   |   No Comments »

Billy and Nisa Cochran wedding photo

We are back from the wedding, back from the honeymoon, and back to reality. It was truly the best time of our lives. It was thrilling to see all of our friends and family and to marry my best friend!

To start, the wedding day was a blast! It was everything and more that I had envisioned. The vows made us cry, the speeches were so touching, the music kept everyone on the dance floor, the food was delicious, the photo booth was so much fun, and the booze flowed till the end of the night! It was so us.

The ceremony was Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Guacamole Recipe & Skinny Margaritas

11/14/2014   |   2 Comments

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September 16 may have been National Guacamole Day, but November 14 is National Spicy Guacamole Day!

One of my all-time favorite go-to snacks is dipping chips into some fresh, homemade guacamole. And what better to pair with a bowlful of guacamole than a cool margarita. Mmmm… Read the rest of this entry »


How to Cook Acorn Squash

11/12/2014   |   No Comments »

how to cook acorn squash | @kitchenability

I’m sure you’ve noticed all of the beautiful squashes hitting the supermarkets and produce stands this fall. And, if you’re new to cooking, you may be a bit intimidated by how exactly to cut up and prepare them. Well, I’m here to tell you and to show you how easy it is! Read the rest of this entry »


Seasonal Soups: Corn and Pumpkin Soup Recipe

11/10/2014   |   No Comments »

pumpkin soup recipe | @kitchenability

Fall is the perfect time to dust off your soup-making skills and to start cooking up some healthy and nourishing brews.

My latest seasonal soup creation was this Corn and Pumpkin Soup recipe, which I originally blogged about for Parade Magazine (pictured). It’s a really festive and flavorful soup that would make a great starter at any seasonal gathering. Or, serve it up for a quick and healthy lunch! Read the rest of this entry »


Healthy Lunch Recipe: Spinach Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Grapes

11/07/2014   |   No Comments »

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I am now taking salads to work almost every day, and this spinach salad with pumpkin seeds and grapes happens to be my favorite.

It’s an easy, healthy lunch recipe that only has 3 to 4 ingredients, and it’s delicious! The sweetness of the grapes mixed with the crunch of the pumpkin seeds is seriously tasty.

I usually use balsamic vinegar for my dressing, but it’s totally up to you. Also, I will occasionally top it off with some grilled chicken breast for extra protein. Read the rest of this entry »


Sweet Shortcuts: Pumpkin Spice Brownies Recipe

11/05/2014   |   No Comments »

pumpkin spice brownie | @kitchenability
October is the perfect time to start incorporating essential fall flavors, like pumpkin and cinnamon, into your cooking and baking.

Recently, I made these delicious “almost homemade” pumpkin spice brownies and they were a hit! I say “almost homemade” because my recipe calls for one box of store-bought brownie mix (I used a box of Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix) and one container of store-bought vanilla icing. Then, from there, you simply augment by Read the rest of this entry »