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 […]

Favorite Things – Miele Capricorn Vacuum

November 30, 2010

This vacuum is without a doubt an investment into your home. I compare it to the people that finally buy a decent set of knives or cookware after they have gone through two or three sets and decide that if they would have purchased the better ones initially, they would still have it.  This is […]

Bacon Vodka

January 3, 2015

Road Trip Rules 101

April 5, 2010

Road Trip Tips From Someone Who Loves to Travel by Car. I have fond memories of summer when I was younger and we would go away for the weekend, or a week up along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  This always meant a road trip which I am positive now being a parent myself, made […]

Vanilla-Bean Quickies

January 26, 2011

I admit, this is a tongue and cheek version of my whoopie pie – smaller than my normal 4″ behemoth ones, these are little 2″ treasures.  I figured calling them a Quickie was only natural since they are a Whoopie in miniature.  Loaded with vanilla-beans and butter – you will most certainly be able to […]

Favorite Things – Tivoli Songbook

November 30, 2010

Music is a big part of my world.  I love to have it going on in the background, playing one of my various favorite lounge compilations, holiday playlists or shuffling my entire catalog.  I couldn’t hear a thing if it wasn’t for my Tivoli Songbook, with it’s portability and rugged exterior.  It travels with me […]

Heavenly Vanilla-Bean Marshmallows

June 28, 2011

There really is a difference between home made and store bought when it comes to the marshmallow. The good news, is that is really is a snap. Most people have the ingredients, I would just say unflavored gelatin is the most exotic out of the bunch, or the candy thermometer. If you have 15 minutes, […]

Marinated Cheese

November 24, 2014

Marinating cheese is such a great way to elevate the everyday and customize your gathering. I like to offer a few varieties of cheese when doing this – allowing my guests to sample interesting blends. Use the cheese and spice varieties below to spark your imagination. For me, it’s best to allow the cheese a […]

Creamy Enchilada Bake

April 7, 2010

Part of what I hope you learn as you follow our tips and suggestions is how to take a recipe you already like and do what I call, remix it.  Here I took the enchilada bake that I made a few weeks back, but I rearranged some of the ingredients to create a more creamy […]

Talbott Tea Green Tea Heaven Poundcake

June 21, 2011

A rich, buttery poundcake infused with the decadent Green Tea Heaven blend from Talbott Tea.  You will not believe how I achieved this recipe – it’s was definitely a light bulb moment for me.  So let’s get down to how to actually make this delicious poundcake!  When making butter out of cream, I find that […]

Brookies – Brownie with a Cookie on top!

August 21, 2011

This is for all of you with a major sweet tooth, the Brookie.  A rich, chocolately brownie baked with a pecan, chocolate chip cookie on top of it.  This recipe requires a teeny bit of patience as you have to wait for the batter to chill (one in the refrigerator, one in the freezer).  I […]

Sweet Corn Mac and Cheese

November 25, 2014

Trûnk de Noël

December 2, 2012

Turn this traditional dessert on it’s side and you come up with a remixed classic!  Garnished with sugared rosemary, fresh cranberries and meringue mushrooms and your gathering is complete! Cake: 1 cup flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 c. sugar 1/2 c. Special Dark cocoa powder 4 oz. Special Dark Chocolate Chips, melted and cooled 8 […]

Omelets and Quiche

May 1, 2009

Omelets are made with beaten eggs that are cooked into a flat round and then rolled or folded. They can hold virtually any savory or sweet food, from artichokes and zucchini to peanut butter and jam. The filling and topping possibilities are endless, limited only by the cook’s imagination and refrigerator contents. Simply put, a […]

7 Layer Bar Cake

January 29, 2016

1 package graham crackers from box (any flavor) 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. white chocolate chips 1 c. butterscotch chips 1 c. coconut flakes (I use unsweetened) 1 c. chopped pecans 1 boxed chocolate cake mix 8 oz. package cream cheese 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 lb. powdered sugar Preheat oven to […]

Lemon Curd

June 4, 2009

I think most people are truly intimidated by this easy concoction. Outside of the lemons, any of us usually has the remaining ingredients in our kitchen. I am also certain there are a few readers out there as well that do not even know what it is. I will tell you one thing it is […]

Monster Breakfast Bar

September 4, 2011

I call this my Monster Breakfast Bar because it reminds me of Monster Cookies – packed with a myriad of ingredients, this bar is sure to tantalize the tastebuds. I choose to use honey and maple syrup made locally as I believe it helps with allergies. The pumpkin and sunflower seeds I purchase from the […]

Hot Onion Dip

October 22, 2011

1 (4 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (grated)1/2 cup sweet onion (chopped)pepper to taste Directions:1. Mix everything and place it in a baking dish.2. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top is nice and browned, about 30-50 minutes.OR 1 tablespoon butter1 tablespoon oil4 large sweet onions (sliced)1 […]

Stovetop Stuffing

December 24, 2010

24 oz. hearty white sandwich bread, cubed 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened1 onions, finely chopped2 ribs celery, finely chopped1/4cup parsley, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 tsp. dried sage2 tsp. dried thyme1 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper3 cups chicken or vegetable stock In a large fry or saute pan on the stove over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp. butter – then add onion and celery […]

Slab Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 17, 2014

This a a version of slab pie, only using cheesecake as the vehicle. What is great about this recipe is it is perfect for parties or buffets where someone doesn’t want a whole slice of something – just a nibble. Crust: 2 package cinnamon graham crackers (roughly 9 crackers) 1 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, […]

Favorite Things – Breka Nutcracker

December 1, 2010

Anyone who knows me knews that I am a fan of the process.  Be it the grinding and tamping the beans for an espresso, whipping up eggwhites to a voluminous peak with a copper-handled whisk or the twisting of the handle on this Breka nutcracker.  I always get a smile when I pull this out […]

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 […]

Roasted Tomatoes

March 11, 2010

With summer planting on the way, I want to be able to show you all the ways you can use that bounty that will begin. The abundance of tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant can be overwhelming. Here I roasted roma tomatoes with garlic. Simply remove the stem or core and slice them in half. […]

SHOP – LUX Jaipur Soap

May 20, 2013

This luxurious and decadent blend of cloves and patchouli is sure to become part of your daily cleansing ritual, you will even find yourself sneaking smells of this addictive bar.  Generously blended with rhassoul clay from Africa which gently exfoliates and rich spices  – your very own magic carpet ride awaits to take your mind and body on an […]

Maple Cut-Out Cookies

November 8, 2011

Why not try a new twist on an old classic by infusing a traditional cut-out cookie with the flavor of maple?  I love the flavor of maple syrup (I prefer Burton’s) and have been obsessed with it recently.  Alone, or covered with a maple glaze – you simply cannot go wrong with this combination. 3/4 […]


March 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Cookie

November 2, 2009

Here is an idea for a Thanksgiving placecard, dessert or gift – massive 7″ turkey cookies. Here I took my vanilla-bean sugar cookie recipe and baked off these giant cookies using a vintage copper cookie cutter. Then I used my butter & almond royal icing recipe to create the white base and feathering technique used […]

Bread & Butter Pickles

September 9, 2012

As with any of my pickled vegetable recipes, my goal is to put everything I want into each jar to ensure the most flavor potential in the future.  My rule of thumb is to start out by placing my vegetables in first, ensuring that I get as much crammed into each jar and that when […]