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.

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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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10 Inspirational Looks For Your Home As You Entertain This Holiday Season

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By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional


There is something to be said for the effect that the holidays tend to have on each of us.  For the little ones, it’s the anticipation of making cookies for Santa and what he may leave them under the tree.  While, for us ol’ foggies, it’s the memories that get invoked each time we hear a certain Christmas song on the radio, smell a certain scent or see that first snow flake.

Memories of the past and those yet created make all the work worth while.  Christmas has always been a huge event in our family.  It starts right after Halloween and ends a few days into the New Year, on Three Kings Day.  While, we have our family traditions, each year is special in that Danny and I tend to change things up with having a specific theme.  It may be an all…

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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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