03/07/2014 | No Comments »
March 9 is National Meatball Day!
To celebrate, consider making my Sweet Chili Cranberry Meatballs appetizer recipe. It’s a fun dish for parties that adds a tasty twist to the standard meatball-and-toothpick app.
The recipe calls for using frozen turkey meatballs, which I recommend because it will make the dish a lot healthier….which means you can feel good about gobbling up more than one! Read the rest of this entry »
03/05/2014 | No Comments »
My fiancé 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 »
03/03/2014 | No Comments »
After a long night of my puppy not going to sleep (crying and whining) and, well, being a puppy…I woke up exhausted. I couldn’t just crawl back in bed the next morning, because I had work to do. And, I didn’t want to just pump my tired body with caffeine and empty carbs. So, I concocted this green smoothie and man was it great. It gave me the nutrients and energy I needed for the day. It was awesome.
If you don’t have a blender, I highly recommend getting one. All you have to do is put your ingredients in….and hit blend.
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02/28/2014 | No Comments »
It’s Oscars party weekend! And you know the best way to watch the Oscars is with a fancy classic cocktail in hand. So, I took to the Interwebs in search of some great classic cocktail recipes to share with you.
BTW, do you know the history of the Sidecar? My Google searching got me reading up on the origins of all sorts of classic cocktails. From Wikipedia:
The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims origin of the drink. The first recipes for the Sidecar appear in 1922, in Harry MacElhone’s Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails and Robert Vermeire’s Cocktails and How to Mix Them. It is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1948).
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02/26/2014 | No Comments »
Yep, that’s right. Today 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 »
02/24/2014 | No Comments »
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 »
02/21/2014 | 1 Comment
Have you ever thought about what signature cocktail you’d like to have at your wedding? Or, did you already have one at your wedding?
It’s a fun way to share a little bit about you (or you as a couple) with your guests.
As I’ve blogged about recently, my fiance Billy and I are in the midst of wedding planning. And, right now we are discussing which signature cocktail we’d like to serve on the Big Day.
My favorite cocktail, hands down, is a Dark ‘n Stormy (pictured on the left). His favorite cocktail is Read the rest of this entry »
02/19/2014 | No Comments »
This is a different take on a typical chicken enchilada recipe. It takes no time at all to make, so it’s super-easy for a quick work-week dinner. Plus, it’s gluten-free, so it’s a great recipe to have in your arsenal in case you have dinner guests with food allergies.
Once I plate the enchiladas, I like to top them off with Read the rest of this entry »
02/17/2014 | No Comments »
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 »
02/14/2014 | No Comments »
My fiancé turned 25 on Tuesday, February 11, and for his birthday I decided to make one of his favorite things in the whole wide world: homemade banana pudding.
Now, mind you, I don’t have a banana pudding recipe just lying around. My “gram,” my step-mom’s mother, makes an amazing homemade banana pudding, but I wasn’t able to get my hands on her recipe in the short time I had to make it for his birthday.
So, I decided to visit Read the rest of this entry »