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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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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