Baked Manicotti Recipe with Homemade Tomato Sauce

01/28/2015   |   No Comments »

baked manicotti recipe | @kitchenability

If you love manicotti, you’ll love this version.

I like to add sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and red pepper flakes to the filling, which gives the dish more depth. Also, make note of this go-to tomato sauce recipe. It’s great on all sorts of pasta dishes and as a dipping sauce for bread! Read the rest of this entry »


Kitchenability Update: New Year, New Car, New Bathroom!

01/26/2015   |   No Comments »

Nisa Burns Cochran

As we roll into February, a lot has gone on in my world.

First off, my husband and I (gulp) bought a car! We bought a Honda CR-V. I am more than excited about this — more room, more space, and a great car for my job. The amount of cooking equipment I have to lug around is ridiculous, so, yeah, I needed it. It is also great as an overall family car. I love how it drives and it’s so comfortable. I am so excited about it! Read the rest of this entry »


4 Peanut Butter Recipes for National Peanut Butter Day

01/23/2015   |   1 Comment

homemade dog treats recipes

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day!

To celebrate, I am rounding up a few Kitchenability peanut butter recipes, like my Easy Nutella Peanut Butter Truffles, my Chocolate-Drenched Marshmallow (and peanut butter!) Brownies, my Banana Cinnamon (and peanut butter!) Waffle Sandwiches and my Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats!

I am including the homemade truffles recipe below, but follow Read the rest of this entry »


Blackberry Chutney Cheeseburger Recipe

01/21/2015   |   No Comments »

blackberry chutney cheeseburger | @kitchenability

I made my first-ever chutney recently, which I originally blogged about at Parade Magazine. It was a blackberry chutney, which I made as a topper for some homemade pimento cheeseburgers. Delicious! Read the rest of this entry »


Healthy Kitchenability: 3 Gluten Free Recipes

01/19/2015   |   No Comments »

Gluten Free Rice Krispie TreatsDid you know that January 20 is National Granola Bar Day? In honor of the occasion, I’m including one of my granola bar recipes below, along with two other gluten free treats!

My best friend has a lot of food allergies and is restricted from eating certain things like dairy, soy, and wheat — to name a few. So, since she’s so limited, we decided to make our own granola bars, fruit roll-ups and rice krispie treats — all made from ingredients she can eat. Read the rest of this entry »


Gluten-Free Beef Stew Recipe

01/19/2015   |   No Comments »

gluten free beef stew recipe |@kitchenability

Are you allergic to gluten?

I cooked up this gluten-free beef stew recipe for my friend who has quite a few different food allergies. If you or someone you know has a gluten allergy, give this recipe a try. It’s really easy and quite good! Read the rest of this entry »


Apple and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

01/16/2015   |   No Comments »

Apple and Butternut Squash Soup | @kitchenability
This easy-to-follow seasonal soup recipe makes the perfect wintertime warm-up.

It features flavorful roasted butternut squash, sweet and tart Honeycrisp apples, sautéed onion and spices. Blend it until it’s smooth and serve.

Pair it with a sandwich or enjoy it alone on a cool afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »


Baby Shower Menu: Mint Cucumber Sandwiches, More

01/14/2015   |   1 Comment

mint cucumber sandwiches | @kitchenability

I once had the honor of helping to host a baby shower for one of my dearest friends. I cooked all of the food at the party, and man did I cook!

I made a lot of different appetizers, including several items from Kitchenability 101, like my Sweet Chili Cranberry Meatballs, Pigs in a Snuggie, asparagus wrapped in bacon, and Mediterranean pasta.

I also made cucumber tea sandwiches shaped like owls to fit with the party’s theme. Everyone loved them! Read the rest of this entry »


Healthy Omelet Recipe with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

01/12/2015   |   No Comments »

healthy omelet recipe | @kitchenability

Looking for a delicious way to jump start your day? Try this healthy, protein-packed spinach and sun-dried tomato omelet I originally prepared for my Parade Magazine blog.

You can use this basic omelet recipe as your starting point and then mix and match all sorts of tasty, seasonal ingredients, depending on what kinds of veggies you have in the fridge.

For starters, though, you have to try this spinach and sun-dried tomato combo because it’s just so good! Read the rest of this entry »


Happy 2015! What Will the New Year Bring?

01/09/2015   |   No Comments »

Chef Nisa Burns wine tasting

Have you noticed that as we grow up we get start getting more excited about receiving fluffy towels for Christmas than about getting a new outfit or a cool electronic? I mean, I have on the same dress I’ve owned for years today. I have taken the time to add a few accessories and have “glammed” it up a bit, but I am at the age where my priorities have changed completely. Read the rest of this entry »