Crab, Apple And Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms Are The Perfect Appetizer This Thanksgiving

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Mushrooms stuffed with ground meat

Every home chef, has that singular experience, of when they realize that something has changed….and that they, truly have, learned how to cook and have their dishes appreciated by all.  It’s a moment in time that each of us, can pin point with insane accuracy.  If it hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t fret about it.  Keep learning, practicing and have patience and your moment in time will come.

For me, that moment could not have happened at a more important time in my life.  Danny and I had passed, that all important five year anniversary the year before.  I was cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for his entire family.  (Which is huge, considering that there are 14 siblings and innumerable nieces, nephews and cousins.  We had close to 45 people for dinner that year.)  The challenge was massive and required the use of 2 full kitchens.  It was also, the first time…

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Simple Nutty Expresso, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Mousse

“The holidays are here and since I tend to cook for about a week leading up to the big day, any tip or trick that makes the multitude of hours spent in the kitchen go by a little quicker is what I like. One of the biggest comments I hear about Simply Ardynn is how SIMPLE the recipes are and that the included Cooking Tips allow even a novice, home chef to produce amazing dishes they normally wouldn’t even attempt” says Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional


They say ‘The Devil’s in the details’.  That doesn’t mean that it should be more work.  I used to always bake cakes completely from scratch.  That is, until I realized the number of steps I could skip… if I used a prepared cake mix and added the extras.

Baking is a very precise process.  The ingredients MUST be measured out exactly or the end result could be disastrous.  That is because baking relies on the chemical interactions of the various ingredients in order to work.  Just a pinch too much of baking powder will make your cake as dense as a rock.

For that reason, using prepared mixes are ideal for those that don’t bake often.  Simply follow the instructions on the box and add nuts, chocolate chips, coconut or other flavors to enhance the basic nature of the cake.


  • 1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix

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Spirited Rosemary, Orange Spritzer Brings Your Next Brunch To Life

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional


Back in the day, we didn’t have many choices when it came to alcoholic drinks.  And we definitely didn’t have people called Mixologist’.  Basically anyone could tend bar, because drinks were basic, add some alcohol and maybe soda or seltzer water.  Now, you actually have to get licensed and attend school.  I mean really, cooking schools now offer classes on making drinks and how to pair them with foods.

I’m old school, I tend to go with the basics and have never believed in fancy drinks with my meals.  Before or after a meal, OK.  But to each his own.  In order to keep up with the times and current food trends, I have recently started coming up with drinks that are simple to make and can be made virgin for the kids in the room.

Kids like to feel grown up and the fact that they can have…

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