Kitchenability 101: How to Roast Garlic

04/18/2014   |   No Comments »

garlic bulbs

April is National Garlic Month and April 19 specifically is National Garlic Day. That means it’s time to roast some garlic!

If you’re not entirely sure how to roast garlic, then you’re in the right place.

I recently stumbled upon a recipe that called for roasted garlic, and it got me thinking … When it comes to garlic, new cooks tend to dive into how to peel garlic and how to mince and chop garlic first. But, roasting garlic can actually be quite a bit easier.

To roast garlic, you don’t have to worry about how to peel it, and you don’t have to bother with any pesky knife skills. You just … roast it—bulb and all. How easy is that? Read the rest of this entry »


Foods That Calm: Eat to Relax, Revitalize and Refresh

04/16/2014   |   No Comments »

photo of honeycomb with bee

Life gets crazy, especially when you run a business, and taking time for yourself is important. So, when you get time for yourself it’s important to maximize that time with as much relaxation and rejuvenation as possible. This week, I invite you to try incorporating the following foods into your diet to aid your relaxation. Let me know the results! Read the rest of this entry »


Easter Recipes: Apricot-Glazed Ham Recipe

04/14/2014   |   No Comments »

glazed ham recipe

This is a Katie Lee recipe for apricot-glazed ham that I saw featured on one of Rachael Ray’s holiday shows a couple of years ago. As you may remember, I made it for Christmas Eve dinner, and it was a success!

But, it would also make for an excellent centerpiece to your upcoming Easter feast! Read the rest of this entry »


Grilled Cheese Recipe with Apple Butter, Bacon and Brie

04/11/2014   |   No Comments »

grilled cheese recipe | @kitchenability

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, which means we should be eating grilled cheese sandwiches all month long, right?

For me, it definitely means this is a great month to experiment with different grilled cheese recipes. And experiment I did. I wasn’t sure if the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich I concocted below would taste as good as all of the ingredients sounded on their own, but it was delicious!

Give it a try, and experiment with some grilled cheese sandwich combinations of your own! Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability 101: Salsa Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

04/09/2014   |   No Comments »

salsa grilled cheese sandwich

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day. But, for me, every day is pretty much fair game for noshing on a stellar grilled cheese sandwich! It’s one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Bacon Chili Dog Recipe

04/07/2014   |   No Comments »

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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 »


Wedding Planning: My Virginia Beach Area Wedding Vendors

04/04/2014   |   No Comments »

nisa burns and billy cochran

As many of you know, I am in the middle of wedding planning.

As of yesterday, I officially hit the 6 month mark till the Big Day arrives. I am so excited!

I have been asked by quite a few people what vendors I am using for my wedding, so I thought I’d share what we have lined up so far in a blog post, and give them all a little shout out. Read the rest of this entry »


Food Holiday: Chocolate Mousse Recipe Roundup

04/02/2014   |   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 »


Simple Fried Chicken and Waffles Recipe

03/31/2014   |   No Comments »

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If you’re a waffle lover, then I suggest you start your day with a tasty grab-and-go Banana Cinnamon Waffle Sandwich, which happens to be one of the most popular recipes in my cookbook, Kitchenability 101. Then, for dinner (or second breakfast, or brunch, or lunch), you must try the chicken and waffles recipe I’ve included below. Read the rest of this entry »


Healthy Pizza Night: Artichoke Chicken Pizza Recipe

03/28/2014   |   No Comments »

Growing up, my mom, sister, and I would make veggie chicken pizzas every week. We figured they were a healthier pizza option because they usually featured veggies like spinach and broccoli — whatever good-looking green stuff we had in the fridge.

Artichoke Chicken Pizza Read the rest of this entry »