Homemade Herb Croutons Perfect For Soup Or Salads

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional They say, that God is in the details.  This could not be more true, than in the planning of a meal.  It doesn’t mean that you have to go to any extra trouble or spend more money than your budget allows.  Just, that people will notice little things about a…

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Simple Baked Apricots Work With Any Breakfast Or Brunch Menu

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional There are certain foods, that when served as part of a full breakfast or brunch, just help the entire menu standout.  Baked fruit is one of those dishes.  Now, my kids love fruit in any form.  They don’t care if it’s fresh, canned or cooked…. but this giddiness comes over them…

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Ridiculously Easy, Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad with Gorgonzola

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Gone are the leafy greens, large pieces of wedge and bottled dressings.  The idea of salads has exploded across America in such a profusion of color and styles that I really don’t even know where to begin. As a teenager, I saw the beginning of a revolution as to influencers of our…

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

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional 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…

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Caramelized Carrots with Thyme and Butter Sauce

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional After a while, vegetable sides need an update.  Who likes to eat carrots, peas, and green beans the same way each time they are made?  No one, that is who.  I know from a chef’s point of view, I certainly get tired of making them the same way each day.  Making…

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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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Heavenly Peach Bread Pudding Is Hot For Brunch, Not Just The Holidays

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Late Summer is so lovely with fresh fruit of all varieties coming into season.  You can smell the aroma in the air as you drive down country lanes.  I used to love being able to head just a few minutes outside Harrisburg and find house after house with road side, trust…

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Delicious Southern, Parmesan Fried Green Tomatoes

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional Deep in the south there are certain recipes that most people would never dare to touch, let alone change or adapt.  For years, I believed that you can’t mess with perfection, until I decided to make fried green tomatoes with a black pepper  parmesan crust.  They are so devine that I can’t…

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