Avoiding Home Improvement Nightmares for Newlyweds

04/17/2015   |   No Comments »

Newlyweds Nisa and Billy Cochran | @Kitchenability

Are you a newlywed too? Are you finally deciding to take on a home project without pulling your hair out, or without looking at your wallet and going, “Ummm… How will I afford this?” Well, welcome to my world, because that’s where we are at.

A few months back, we had water damage in the master bathroom upstairs. And believe me, it’s no easy task to take something like that on a WEEK before your wedding day! It is time consuming, stressful, and expensive…. Read the rest of this entry »


Money-Saving Work Lunch Ideas

04/15/2015   |   No Comments »

work lunch salad | @kitchenability

Lunch is probably the toughest meal for me during the week. I get too caught up in the frenzy of the morning to really think about it and plan ahead. I’m usually trying to shove some form of breakfast in my mouth, as well as grab a much-needed coffee to allow me to preform like a functioning human being.

Honestly, lunch becomes a bit of a second thought until halfway through the day, when my belly starts to grumble. Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Bacon Chili Dog Recipe

04/13/2015   |   No Comments »

bacon chili dog | @kitchenability

It’s springtime, and baseball season has just begun. What better way to celebrate the occasion than with another all-American classic: the hot dog.

I urge you to set the usual condiments aside, though, and try making this homemade bacon chili topper instead. Your family and friends will love it. Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability in NYC: Little Italy, Cheap Eats and…Shopping!

04/10/2015   |   No Comments »

After a long day of strolling through Brooklyn and NYC, taking in the sights and smells (and also drinking coffee you truly cannot get anywhere else — the froth on my coffee was perfect!), we ventured back out in the evening, and headed to Little Italy.

The Original Benito One NYC

My friend Sam wanted to take me to a restaurant called The Original Benito One. It was the cutest, most amazing Italian place I’ve ever been to. Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability in NYC: Ulysses’ Folk House, Harry’s, Smorgasburg, More

04/08/2015   |   No Comments »

Nisa Burns Cochran in NYC

My first night in New York was filled with laughs, booze, and great food. We got dolled up and it was amazing!

We went to a tasty restaurant called Ulysses’ Folk House and ordered up some delicious fish and chips made with Guinness-battered codfish. We ate and caught up over some dirty martinis, and…we got a little tipsy! 

Day two of my trip started off a Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability is Heading to New York City! (Day 1)

04/06/2015   |   No Comments »

Nisa Burns Cochran and Sam

I’m sitting on the train heading from Virginia Beach to New York City to visit one of my longtime best friends, Sam. I can feel and hear the train rattling as I open up my journal, feeling its crisp, clean pages. I’m drinking a semi-watered-down, crappy cup of coffee — to keep me a human for the remaining hours of this long trip. Read the rest of this entry »


Food Holiday: Chocolate Mousse Recipe Roundup

04/03/2015   |   No Comments »

chocolate mousse

April 3 is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Now, that’s my kind of holiday!

I decided to re-post my easy chocolate mousse recipe in honor of this esteemed holiday. And, I’m listing a few links to some other decadently delicious sounding mousse recipes swirling around there on the Interwebs.

First, some link love for the following recipes from some of your favorite bloggers: Read the rest of this entry »


Children of Divorce Do Love Differently

04/01/2015   |   No Comments »

Billy and Nisa Cochran

I recently read and really related to this amazing article from PuckerMob called 14 Ways Children of Divorce Love Differently.

As a child of divorce myself, I felt I could relate to every single one of their 14 examples. They really pinpoint how we as children of divorce do love differently. Read the rest of this entry »


Head to Handsome Biscuit in Norfolk, VA!

03/30/2015   |   No Comments »

handsome biscuit | @kitchenability
I have come to find more and more that Norfolk, VA, a city nearby my hometown of Virginia Beach, has some of the best little spots to eat.

Recently, after a long day of presenting to young 15 and 16 year olds at Granby High School, I stopped by a tiny little place called Handsome Biscuit. It was quirky, unique, and affordable. It was also very delicious. They offer all scratch-made items, and everything is served on a sweet potato biscuit. Read the rest of this entry »


Simple Fried Chicken and Waffles Recipe

03/27/2015   |   No Comments »

chicken and waffles | @kitchenability

Chicken and waffles is a classic comfort food combo. 

You’ll love this easy-to-follow recipe that’s filled with shortcuts, like using frozen waffles! Really, you just need to focus on whipping up some delicious, fried and flavorful chicken tenders, by following my instructions below. Then, quickly toast up some frozen waffles, place your fried chicken on top, add butter and syrup, and you’re ready to eat! Read the rest of this entry »