Smokey Bacon and Mandarin Orange, Whole Roasted Chicken

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional The roasting of meat and vegetables, has long been one of my favorite ways to prepare a meal.  The sweetness that comes with caremelized vegetables trumps steaming them every time.  The tenderness and intense flavor that comes from roasting meat, is extremely difficult to achieve on top of the stove.  Combined,…

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Regally Stuffed Pepper With Duck, Gouda and Roasted Tomatoes

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional One of the common “secrets” about entertaining, is that the food must taste good, look deceptively simple and be memorable.  Barring some sort of total disaster, the one thing that is repeatedly talked about, after the fact, is the quality of the food.  We can’t help it…busy people think with their…

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Fantastically Exotic Four Meat Chili

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Back when I was a kid, growing up in Oklahoma, coming from a large family wasn’t as big a deal like it is today. There were five of us kids, plus mom and dad….so meal time was an exercise in culinary achievement. In order to stay on budget and…

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Don’t Miss This Heavenly Duo of Pork Hash

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional One of my fondest memories from childhood, centers around our regular weekend sleepovers at my grandparents house.  I loved going there, and certain things were expected each time we visited.  Whether it was playing with my grandfather’s collection of gold bars (yes, they were the real thing) or playing…

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Roasted Pork Belly With Apples And String Beans

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Years ago, I learned about pork, being roasted with apples from our dearest friend Jim Stillman Davidson.  It was one of his favorite recipes he learned from the family chef, as he grew up in The Big House.  I remember thinking how odd the combination sounded, but after one…

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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Burger with Carmelized Onion/Bacon Jam

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Gourmet burgers used to be something you only found in trendy restaurants.  Now we are seeing more and more people making them at home.  You can’t get on Instagram these days without seeing someone talking about a fist full of burger deliciousness. I have always loved a good burger, but I never bothered to…

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