Christmas Recipes: Glazed Ham Recipe

12/19/2014   |   No Comments »

glazed ham recipe

I was in charge of Christmas Eve dinner a couple of years ago. It was my first holiday meal ever, so I was equally nervous and excited about it. Usually we go to my Grammy’s house for Christmas Eve, but since that year was the first year in our new home, I offered to host.

I made dinner for 12 people total, including my family and Billy’s family. No sweat, right? Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Holidays from Kitchenability!

12/17/2014   |   No Comments »

Billy and Nisa Cochran

It’s our first official Married Christmas. As many of you know, we got married on November 1, 2014, and we are currently enjoying being newlyweds!

It has been a very busy year for us. We are in the process of Read the rest of this entry »


Holiday Recipes: Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Recipe

12/15/2014   |   No Comments »

peppermint bark ice cream | @kitchenability

I love eating peppermint bark during the holiday season.

The three main ingredients in traditional peppermint bark are chocolate, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes. For this recipe, which was originally featured on my Parade Magazine blog, I used those ingredients, just in a different way, making a delicious, holiday-style ice cream!

Serve it with some hot fudge and extra crushed candy cane pieces on top. Mmmm… Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »


2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Fashionable Cooks

12/12/2014   |   No Comments »

christmas presents under a tree

Happy Holidays from Kitchenability!

We all could use some help jump-starting our holiday shopping. And a helpful list of great gift ideas never hurts! So, I decided to compile the following holiday gift guide for cooks…with style.

I’ve included some of my favorite cookware and kitchen gadgets, all of which are especially good for new cooks. And, I also included some of my favorite all-around everyday items as well — from clothes and linens to tools and TV shows. Read the rest of this entry »


My 5 Favorite Holiday Foods: What Are Yours?

12/10/2014   |   No Comments »

Chef Nisa Burns' Christmas TreeI love so many of the foods that come with the holidays, but there are a few holiday foods that top my list of favorites.

1. Gingerbread cookies: It’s a family tradition to bake these from scratch every year. I love them! Biting into a homemade gingerbread cookie truly makes Christmas complete. Click here to read my post about our gingerbread cookie tradition. Read the rest of this entry »


Chocolate-Drenched Marshmallow Brownies Recipe

12/08/2014   |   No Comments »

marshmallow brownies recipe | @kitchenability

Today is National Chocolate Brownie Day!

To celebrate, I suggest whipping up a batch of my Chocolate-Drenched Marshmallow Brownies, which are featured in my cookbook, Kitchenability 101. If you haven’t tried them yet, you must!

They’re a mix of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter, and they’re so gooey and good. Read the rest of this entry »


Slow Cooker Recipes: How to Make Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

12/05/2014   |   No Comments »

jerk chicken sandwich

I recently got married and enjoyed an amazing honeymoon trip to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where we managed to sample quite a bit of the local cuisine.

And, now that I’m back home, I’ve been inspired to try and recreate some of my favorite dishes from the trip, one of which was this classic jerk chicken sandwich. Read the rest of this entry »


Our Very Kitchenability Thanksgiving Holiday

12/03/2014   |   No Comments »

kitchenability thanksgiving

It was a fantastic Thanksgiving.

It was my first Thanksgiving as a married lady, and I made my first turkey! What an awesome experience.

This year, Billy and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house. My grammy made rum punch from scratch at my request, which brought a taste of Antigua (where went on our honeymoon) to the Thanksgiving table this year. We also cooked up some Read the rest of this entry »


Two Easy and Delicious Leftover Turkey Recipes

12/01/2014   |   No Comments »

Thanksgiving turkey

Still trying to figure out what to do with all of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

Yes, there are things you can make with all of that meat besides just signing yourself up for days upon days of sliced turkey sandwiches, as good as they are. Read the rest of this entry »


Brunch Recipes: Nutella French Toast

11/28/2014   |   No Comments »

Nutella french toast recipe

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and it also happens to be National French Toast Day! I say continue to indulge by serving up some homemade french toast for a post-Thanksgiving brunch.

One of my favorite french toast recipes is my Nutella French Toast—one of the many tasty treats showcased in my cookbook Kitchenability 101.

Nutella’s creamy, nutty, chocolaty taste screams flavor. Pair it with bananas, cinnamon, whipped cream and syrup, and you’ve got yourself a delectably brunch-tastic treat. Read the rest of this entry »