The Best Flour Sack Towels – Puppies

April 28, 2009

I am a firm believer in the flour sack towel when it comes to doing my dishes and when I was growing up, we always had some type of embroidery motif in the corner that either one of my grandmother’s had done. I have decided to bring back this tradition and have since been busy […]


Brazilian Churrasco Cooking Class – 04.20.13

February 7, 2013

The recipes you will be learning take their inspiration from churrascos, the traditional outdoor barbecues of Argentina and Brazil. These spicy, but not-too-hot dishes, complimented by icy Cachaca cocktails are prefect for an upcoming summer party. On the menu: Pineapple Batida Cocktails Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce Tomatoes with Avocado Salsa Latin American Potato Salad […]

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Black Velvet Donuts

September 22, 2012

Baked donuts are such an easy thing to make, you do not even need a mixer and they only take 12 minutes to bake in the oven.  Eat them fresh from the oven unfrosted, or in the case of these wait five minutes for them to cool off and dip them in a bittersweet ganache […]

Bacon, Blue Cheese Tater Tots

April 3, 2011

I have been obsessing about making some gourmet tater tots for months and I decided it was time to give it a shot.   Here I did them with bacon and blue cheese, I also think Gruyere would be wonderful. HINT:  I would say a great way to incorporate these into is to cook some […]


Deep Dish Bridge Mix Brownies

June 25, 2013

I remember what a treat it was when my mother would bring home a bag of Bridge Mix, which they now call Deluxe Mix (Jelly Belly has the best) – I assume simply because people no longer really play Bridge anymore. Bridge Mix is a blend of Milk chocolate Lemon Crunch, Cashews, Cherry Pectin Drops, Malt Balls […]

Veggies & Dip in a Jar

March 8, 2012

The key to success with this idea is to make sure you cut your veggies into sticks.  Carrots, celery, peppers, even jicama all work here – experiment and have fun.  I used 1/2 pt. regular mouth Ball canning jars here, you can use the wide mouth if you desire. 16 oz. Archer Farms Sour Cream1 […]


Healthy Chili

September 19, 2011

3 lbs. ground beef (93% lean) 2 medium onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 1 cup water 1 tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 16 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed 1 32 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 16 oz. can tomato sauce 1 6 […]


September 9, 2012

This recipe could not be more simple. You can easily translate this for any fruit of your choosing. I specifically use Everclear instead of Vodka since it is that much more effective in sapping every ounce of flavor out of whatever I am infusing, in this case it was fresh ginger. I infuse these in […]

Walnut Pesto with Lemon & Parsley

August 15, 2009

Here is another variation on traditional pesto using walnuts and parsley instead of pine nuts and basil. With the addition of lemon, you get a bright burst of flavor for any season. Slather on crusty bread and pair with a great bottle of wine with some good friends. 2 cups flat-leaf parsley (tightly packed)1 cup […]

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Garden Greens & Citrus Salad

May 19, 2009

½ cup toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts 1 orange 1 pink grapefruit 8-10 ounces small garden lettuces 1 tbsp citrus vinegar 1/8 tsp salt 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tsp honey ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 2-3 thin slices red onion, separated into rings Pour chopped nuts into fry pan over medium, medium-high heat and […]

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Rainbow Tiered Sprinkles Cake

Sprinkles Cake

June 22, 2012

I made this cake for my nephew’s birthday since I have been obsessed with tinting lately and figured a cake laden with sprinkles was sure to be a hit. I used my basic vanilla-bean white cake recipe and tinted six layers the various colors of the rainbow (bottom – up) red, orange, yellow, green, blue […]

Jalapeno Popper Dip

October 22, 2011

Ingredients:1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano1 (4 ounce) can sliced jalapenos (pickled)2 jalapeno peppers (chopped, optional)1/4 cup panko bread crumbs1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano Directions:1. Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, parmigiano reggiano and jalapenos in a bowl and pour into a baking dish.2. […]

The beginning of a new chapter!!

January 5, 2009

For those of you who are close to me, and those that are not – I am taking the leap and making a go of what I have been passionate about since I was a child. I am calling it kon-tent. kon-tent is about life, in part and whole. My goal is to show you […]


Dandelion Jam

May 25, 2013

This is the year of cooking with flowers, and dandelions are the beginning of that. The key here is to pick them when they are freshly bloomed – they only are here for a couple days. Snip the petals off with a scissors, which makes light of what would seem like a finicky task. 2 […]

Sprinkles Puffcorn

May 27, 2012

Just in time for summer or anytime of year, my latest creation.  Buttery, salty puffcorn blended with M&M Mini’s, white chocolate and SPRINKLES!!!  So super easy, the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to re-set so you can start eating it! 1 bag Old Dutch puffcorn1 12 oz. bag white chocolate4 oz. M&M Mini’s3 oz. […]

Chinese Beef Hot Pot

October 27, 2010

Eating food that is healthy AND delicious is not always an easy task.  It also need to look interesting as well.  Here I have created what I call Chinese Beef Hot Pot, a mixture of satisfying boneless, beef country ribs that have been rubbed with soy sauce and Chinese Five Spice Powder, then roasted to […]

Balsamic French Dip Sandwiches

December 25, 2012

This is one of those meals you can throw in the slow cooker in the morning and it is ready for dinner when you get home from a busy day. French Dip sandwiches were always a special treat when we would go out. Not only are these effortless to make, yet there is a lot […]

Deconstructed Deviled Egg Cobb Salad

March 17, 2013

This recipe is a prime example of how my mind works. While walking through the deli section at the supermarket and seeing prepackaged Cobb salads next to bags of hard boiled eggs it made me wonder if I could deconstruct this classic and do deviled eggs instead of the usual chopped egg suspect. The end […]

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Lilac Sugar

May 30, 2013

A food processor is a must to create this amazing. Spring-filled sugar, which allows you to capture the essence of this favorite season all year long. Simply place 2 c. sugar into the work bowl if your food processor, along with 1 c. lilac blossoms that have been picked off their stems. Pulse until blossoms […]

Favorite Things – Miele Oven

May 10, 2009

When you do the amount of cooking I do, you have the opportunity to try out a lot of appliances. Which is nice because I think you should have the opportunity to test drive something before you make the purchase of this size. Yesterday I tried the Miele MasterChef Dual Wall Oven at Warners-Stellian, and […]

Sunday Smothered Chicken

October 21, 2012

My Grandmother loved to use bottled dressing as her ‘secret ingredient’ to many dishes.  Here she used Caesar to dress up her Sunday Smothered Chicken recipe by using it as a marinade – she said it gave the chicken extra zip noone could figure out.  Grandma always used bottle lemon juice, fresh lemons were too […]

Powdered Sugar From Scratch

December 4, 2009

What happens if you realize you don’t have powdered sugar – don’t fret, make some yourself! This will require you to have a food processor or blender. Mix 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in the bowl of your food processor or blender. Combine until fine – you are good to go!

Mulled Cider

October 23, 2009

Fall has arrived and I always get endeared to mulled cider. Making it is easy and it fills my home with such wonderful aromas. Visions of relaxing with my socks on and feet up with someone I love, some great conversation and a cup of mulled cider makes me think of never leaving home until […]

OLFACTORY – Fendi Uomo

September 1, 2009

I am a closet cologne fanatic, I do not even know how many I actually own. I have worn Fendi Uomo since it was first introduced in 1988. I would call it a signature scent of mine, I like wearing it for certain ocassions. Whenever I put on this cologne, the rich woods & spice […]


April 21, 2009

Capers are flower buds. To be harvested, they must be picked in the morning time immediately before flowering; they are never dried but pickled in oil, brine or vinegar. Less often, capers are preserved by packing in coarse salt. These must be rinsed before usage. If left to flower, they are as delicate as a […]

Collecting – Ironstone

March 31, 2010

I love Ironstone and am an avid collector of it.  To me, it has the durability of china with the casual lines that fit my lifestyle.  The pieces are always versatile and I tend to mix and match them together.  Ironstone china, a name of which well describes this hardy ware, was originally designed as an […]

My Grandmother’s Refrigerator Pickles

September 8, 2012

It’s that time of year when Grandma was in full pickle production mode, and although I needed to wait until her canned pickles were done it was only a day to wait for her delicious refrigerator pickles.  Sweet and sour, crisp and crunchy – it’s nice these don’t last all year long because I don’t […]

SHOP – Faux Bois Baubles Collection

December 6, 2010

Our new faux bois baubles collection is meant to be great for men and women alike.