Artfully Braised Artichoke and Olive Salad, Gets An A Plus In My Book

Great appetizer recipe for the next time you are Entertaining clIents

Simply Ardynn

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Roasted Globe Artichokes with Aubergine Peppers and Olives

When I was growing up, I would look at all of the major lifestyle, food and style magazines and daydream about the day that I could live that life.  I swore my first car would be a Porche, but ended up with a Jaguar, which was actually even better. I studied GQ like it was the bible and the second I was making enough money to have extra cash after bills, I started shopping at Outlet Malls and wearing designers like Ralph Lauren and Liz Claiborne.  I swear, that by looking and acting as if I lived a certain lifestyle, people believed it to be true.  It opened many doors for me because people made assumptions.

I also started exposing myself to gourmet and what I considered to be exotic foods.  Things like Clams Casino, Caviar and Artichokes.  For what ever reason, I could not understand…

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Bacardi Limonade with Raspberries is Simply Irresistible

Send the kids to grandmas for the weekend and kick back and enjoy the house to yourself!

Simply Ardynn

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

cold fruit drink

Long, holiday weekends are a professionals’ dream come true.  It means they don’t have to use vacation days and it’s a still a paid day off.  When I was younger, and just starting out in my professional life, those long weekends seemed like a perfect gift from the boss.  We would jump on the train and head out of Manhattan the very second that clock struck 5 PM.

Besides being a long weekend, it was a race to see whom could get to the house first.  You see, our dearest friends had a farm house in New Hope, PA. and which ever weekend guest arrived first, got to claim their room for the weekend.  Now, I call it a farm house, but it was quite large and had been decorated by the very best of New York Interior Designers, seemingly with no budget adhered to.  So…

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