Nisa Burns Cochran

Nisa Burns Cochran
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Before hitting the Internet, Nisa discovered a passion for cooking in childhood, mixing contents of her grandmother’s pantry into sometimes delicious, sometimes "interesting" creations. In her teen years, Nisa's kitchen became a place of solace as well as a creative outlet.


Nisa Burns Cochran
Nisa's Featured Recipe
Chicken Soup for the Tummy

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An author, speaker and Internet sensation, Nisa’s venture into the culinary world started in true Gen Y fashion: virally. Sharing recipes in social media circles, Nisa’s spunky, but commonsense approach to food soon earned her fans on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube nationwide.


Nisa is a culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, and the CEO of Kitchenability, Inc., a company she founded to give novice cooks the confidence and skills to make easy, healthy, and delicious food suited to their lifestyles.


What is Kitchenability? In Nisa’s words, it’s the act of “becoming best friends with your kitchen in order to feed yourself for life.”


Her first cookbook Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food, introduces the concept and passes on more than 65 healthy, easy-to-whip-up dishes for budget-minded high school and college students. Her carefully curated no-nonsense recipe collection is anything but complicated; it offers personal and practical advice to help students increase their Kitchenability anywhere.


Nisa shares her food philosophy with college and university audiences across the country, and also on YouTube. With her help, they discover the satisfaction in cooking for themselves and their friends—all on a shoestring budget. A weekly contributor to, Nisa lives in Virginia Beach. Find her online at


Latest Recipes

Jungle Juice

Let's face it. When you're hosting a big party, you may not want to spend time mixing a drink for each guest. What's a busy host or hostess to do? Serve this Jungle Juice recipe, of course! This alcoholic drink recipe is super easy to make (it only has four steps!) and can be mixed up in no time. All you need to do is serve the Jungle Juice in an elegant punch bowl that is complete with pretty slices of fresh fruit on top, and you're ready for the party. Jungle Juice can be served year-round, but it is especially refreshing in summer. If you've always wanted to learn how to make Jungle Juice, then this recipe makes it easy to put it all together.

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Avocado Lettuce Wraps

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for myself when I need something thats easy but light and healthy as well.

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Chicken Soup for the Tummy

Chicken soup warms your core and soothes your tummy. Its a great one-pot dish for study groups or a small get-together after a late-nigh...

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Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers

My mom came up with this dish when my sister and I were kids. We wouldnt eat plain turkey burgers, so my mom improvised. She added the g...

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Banana Cinnamon Waffles

When I was a child and running late for school, my mom often handed me this waffle breakfast sandwich wrapped in a paper towel and gave a...

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Caribbean Dream Fish Tacos

During one spring break, my family and I took a cruise around the Caribbean. While we were on the ship, my grandmother mentioned again an...

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Chicken Mole

This is a great dinner dish you can serve to friends or eat over several nights. It’s versatile and easy to make. You can use more or les...

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Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are a different take on classic oatmeal-raisin cookies. You can make them the night before a study session, when you know y...

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Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

Sometimes experiments turn out fantastic results. One day I bought a chocolate-based balsamic vinegar I had sampled at a store. I thought...

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