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Today we will be making: Luscious Lemon Shortbread Bars

I know I should probably be posting things apple, pear and pumpkin but I haven't quite made the seasonal jump, at least in terms of baking yet, and besides, I'm so far behind in terms of posting things I've cooked, that these lemon shortbread bars, which I actually made for my son (per his request) right before he left for college at the end of August, are only now making their appearance here. Not that you really need an excuse to make or eat lemon bars or that they're particularly season specific. Whenever you make them, I guarantee that they will not last long!

Today we will be making: Easy Pasta Fagioli

I'm sad to see the summer end but it does mean that we can get back to all the yummy cold weather dishes that get passed over during the sweaty times! And this Easy Pasta Fagioli is one of the best reasons to celebrate the return of cooler, crisp days (not that we've had an awful lot of those here in the Northeast in the last few days, but armed with this recipe, you'll be prepared!)

Today we will be making: One-Pot Brownies

Notice a theme emerging this week? Busy times demand lots of one-bowl, one-pot recipes. Now, I'm sure you have a favorite brownie recipe that you've been turning to for years--maybe yours uses only cocoa powder, or maybe you favor a richer melted-chocolate-in-the-batter version or maybe you add chocolate chips or frost the tops or add walnuts or pecans and I'd like to have all your favorite recipes, truly, but going with the concept that you can never really have too much of a good thing, I humbly offer up this one-bowl version. It's fairly quick and easy with very little cleanup and yields some of  the fudgiest, chewy brownies I've ever had. And while we may not agree on many other things food (and non-food) related, the one thing I am confident that we can agree upon is that brownies are a good thing and we can never have too many recipes for them!!

Today we will be making:  One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Peas and Parmesan

Geez!! I've missed you guys!! When I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I might not be able to keep up the 5 days a week posting, I thought maybe I'd cut down to 4, or at the very least, 3 days per week. I had no idea that I wouldn't be able to manage more than one!!! But life is steamrolling over me, in a good way, so I can't really complain, but there just hasn't been time to cook, photograph, write and post. Part of that I can blame on a recent hockey trip to Canada where I unexpectedly had extremely minimal access to the internet, part is due to visits from family, but mostly it's that I'm out all day (and many nights too) and keep making the same already posted tried and true food again and again (or bringing in pizza far too many nights!!) I'm really in awe of people who work out of their homes and manage to get home cooked meals on the table almost every night.! Thus, in the interest of sanity (yours, but mostly mine) we're going to be keeping things very simple around here for the time being. Today it's this fantastic One-Pot Chicken and Rice with Peas and Parmesan that is the perfect answer to what to make for dinner during this transitional season. It's warm but not heavy, comes together in under an hour, is extremely comforting and flat-out fantastic tasting!! And in the interest of simplicity and the fact that time is ticking away and I still have a huge pile of laundry to fold, I'll refrain from the witty banter and just get right to the nitty-gritty:  Make this tonight!! You're gonna love it!!