Kitchenability Blog - Nisa Burns Cochran


Happy New Year from Kitchenability!

This year has been great! All of you have helped build Kitchenability up so much. I was able to land a recurring spot on the Hampton Roads Show, I bought my first home, I rescued my first puppy (Archer) and I have enjoyed all the amazing things this year has presented me.  My New Year’s resolution this year is to hit the gym more! My […]

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Healthy Cooking Oil: Are You Using Avocado Oil Yet?

I have been using avocado oil lately and I absolutely love it! Refined avocado oil can be heated up to 500 degrees, which is awesome for high-heat searing or frying. Also, it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, has a balanced proportion of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is low in saturated fat. So, it’s good for you (similar to olive […]

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7 of My Favorite Kitchenability Recipes

I decided to take a look back at all of the recipes I’ve been concocting over the past year or so and highlight some of my favorites for you. 1. Parmesan Meatloaf Recipe with Sweet BBQ Sauce Glaze: This recipe surprised me because I hadn’t made meatloaf in quite a while, so I was a bit intimidated at first. But, it was DELICIOUS and has […]

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All About Archer: Dog Treat Recipes & Puppy Pics

As fans and followers of this blog well know, I have puppy named Archer. He’s my little sous chef in the kitchen. And, he’s even inspired a couple of the recipes (dog treat recipes, that is) on this blog and on my blog at Parade Magazine. This past spring, after searching for healthy, all-natural dog treats for Archer, and after discovering how expensive they could […]


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Weighing in on the Cronut Craze!

I had to write about my incredible cronut experience at La Dolce Vita in Virginia Beach, VA! I cannot actually call these wonderful delights “cronuts”, of course, because the name has already been taken and trade marked by the creator of the cronut, Chef Dominique Ansel. For now, the La Dolce Vita Bakery and Cafe has given them the name: the beach croissant doughnut. And, they […]


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