Hearty Chicken, Ham and Mushroom Pie That Makes You Think You’re In Your Mama’s Kitchen

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Chicken Gammon and Mushroom Pie

Yummmmmm.  Meat, potatoes and vegetables in a creamy sauce, that has been wrapped in a flakey crust, is the epitome of comfort foods.  That tantalizing aroma that arises when the crust is broken, brings a flood of memories with the rising steam.  

Whenever I didn’t feel well as a kid, I would beg my mom to make me a pot pie.  It didn’t matter if it was the traditional chicken or beef and vegetable.  As long as there was a creamy filling, that surrounded a variety of tid bits and was wrapped in homemade pie crust, I was good to go.

Pot pies originated as a way for the working class to have a full meal in the palm of their hand.  Typically wrapped in a grease paper, it would be taken down into the mines or onto the factory floor and provide a hearty meal for…

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Learn The Basics of Culinary Know How’s With Our New InfoGraphic

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

A lot of people get nervous when they are just starting out in the kitchen.  It’s a lot to learn and can, honestly, be a bit over whelming.  Here at Simply Ardynn, we want to ensure that everyone, from the novice to the seasoned home chef, has the tools available to them, as they embark on their amazing journey of bringing food to life.

Besides the Cooking Tips that are showcased throughout the magazine, Simply Ardynn has started creating Basic InfoGraphics to help people learn the basics of the culinary world.  We also have our Pantry and Kitchen Basics sections in the magazine.  In the coming months we will also be showcasing educational videos along side our Simply Kids series.  For now, I hope that our Culinary Basic Know How’s Infographic is of help.

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Toasty Coconut Macaroons Are Great Cookies To Make With The kids

As a father, dadologist, author and chef, I struggle daily as my time is challenged at all times. I make a huge effort to interact with my kids throughout the day. Whether it is for five minutes or an hour, each instance is meaningful.

Simply Ardynn

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Coconut macaroons

Kids love helping out in the kitchen.  For them, it’s not only that they get to help mom, dad, grandma…whomever, but that they get to make something with their own two hands.  It doesn’t seem to matter what it is that they are making.  And honestly, the messier it is, the better.

Whenever I am cooking with the kids, I use that time to not only teach them about cooking, but to talk to them about what may be going on in their lives.  We talk about school, their friends and whatever may be bothering them at the time.  Whenever you can take a few minutes to listen to your kids, you should as they will be more likely to come to you if they ever have a real problem they need help with.  And let’s face it, food makes everything better.


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