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Your New Home Came with an Advantium Speedcook Oven in the Kitchen. Now What?

Written by Susan Cozzi, Manager of the Monogram Design Center in New York City

Like most homeowners at Lennar’s boutique waterfront condo, The Avenue Collection on the Hudson River, chances are you one-touched the reheat button for warming up a dinner and also made popcorn and tea in your Advantium.

To answer the question, the team at the New York Monogram Design Center thought—our chef, your kitchen—let’s have dinner. So Monogram partnered with Lennar to offer its homeowners an onsite chef demonstration dedicated to using Advantium, all while taking in a great view of the New York City skyline.


Monogram Executive Chef Michael and Chef Carl ensured that the menu for the evening covered all of Advantium’s special cooking features. Appetizers started with avocado toast as guests were surprised to find their “microwave” could also toast all their favorites in the morning.


Next, the Cajun marinated prawns with grit cakes were speedcooked to perfection. The door was now opened to all the possibilities for fast, healthy dinners, and lots of notes and tips were taken.


The next speedcooked entree was lamb chops served with ratatouille. Now the conversation got good as guests savored lamb perfectly browned and were surprised at Advantium’s versatility and skill in also cooking the vegetables gently. Owners learned they could also keep their dinner plates or dinner warming by using the warming drawer feature.


Baked apricots with rum and vanilla whipped crème fraiche demonstrated the convection oven baking function in Advantium and showed the value of being able to bake a full dessert without having to turn on a full-sized oven.

Since much of the joy of cooking comes from the process of learning something new, these new homeowners enjoyed the Monogram team stepping in their door and showing them the possibilities.

See more photos of this new community that was once vacant land:


Congratulations to Christine Baumann!

Congrats to one of our favorite Monogram partners – New York-based interior designer Christine Baumann! You can find our earlier interview with Christine here.

Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC has won the 2015 Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Award for Interior Design. The design receiving the award was a rehabilitated residential home for a growing family in Belle Harbor, New York, that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The entire first floor and basement were rebuilt. A full suite of Monogram appliances was used in the kitchen design.

This year (2015) is New York’s Queens Chamber of Commerce’s 90th year for Annual Building Awards. Initially participation was only open to Architects and Builders, but four years ago the committee extended participation to Interior Designers. Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC has been honored to win three out of four years.

Hundreds of entries are submitted and judged by committee members, community leaders and peers.  These entries range from newly constructed buildings to rehabilitated buildings to public spaces for use of commercial or residential dwelling.

Not only does this award bring recognition to a business, but it is a true distinction of community preservation and economic growth. Christine is truly honored to be a part of New York’s Queens Chamber of Commerce.

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

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2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

2015 Award Winning Project - Christine Baumann Interiors, LLC 3

2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

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2015 Award Winning Project – Christine Baumann Interiors

Welcome Susan Cozzi

We are excited to welcome Susan Cozzi to the Monogram team as our New York Design Center Manager.


Following a career in publishing, Susan received her degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and ran her own design studio for eight years. She was showroom manager for Grohe, launching their trade showroom in NYC; and for Artemide in the A&D Building in NYC. Susan’s work has been published in K+BB Kitchen and Bath Magazine; the books Green Interior Design, Residential Design for Aging in Place, Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide; and on Style Me Pretty Living. She was a National Media Spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from 2009-2013 and has spoken on Sustainable Design.

Please stop by the Monogram Design Center in the A&D Building to say hello to Susan!