Entertaining Via Family Style Meals Engages Guests At Every Turn

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional The holiday season is a time for catching up with old friends, enjoying the company of family and most importantly, taking time for ourselves from the outrageously, busy days we face on a regular basis.  Because, gone are the days when dad would come home from the office, to…

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Toasty Coconut Macaroons Are Great Cookies To Make With The kids

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional 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…

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

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…

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Creamy, Spiced Egg Nog For The Entire Family

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Our family loves the holidays.  For most people, I think the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving.  For our family, it begins with Halloween and gains momentum the closer we get to Christmas.  I tend to cook massive amounts of food and baked goods, with the idea that there is always…

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Crab, Apple And Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms Are Perfect Any Time You Entertain

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional 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…

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Simple Nutty Expresso, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Mousse

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…

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