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Today we will be making:  Maple-Apple Glazed Chicken Breasts

So...it's been a bit of a crazy week so far. My husband had hip surgery three days ago and he's doing great, but things have been even more hectic around here than usual. How this connects to apple cider maple glazed chicken, I have no idea and I'm so frazzled I'm not even going to try, so let's leave it that this dish is absolutely delicious and ideally suited to the season and that you should make it asap. Today or tomorrow at the very least--'cause I don't want you to miss out on the deliciousness factor going on here. Both sweet and savory, with the wonderful autumnal flavors of maple syrup and apple cider, and some Dijon mustard added in for a little tang, this is a dish that will please everyone and comes together fairly easily too. Plus it's a great way to use up that huge apple cider jug that you couldn't seem to leave the apple picking farm without! Sorry for all the non-sequiturs and jumbled thoughts--pay no attention to the crazy lady--just put on a pot of rice or noodles, make this dish and treat yourself and those you love to a meal you won't soon forget--especially if your last one was some rubbery chicken and mushy carrots on a hospital tray!

Today we will be making:  Trisha's Chicken Tortilla Casserole-Famous Fridays

Celebrities jumping on the cookbook wagon is nothing new. Over the years such stars as Frank Sinatra, Yul Brenner, Kenny Rogers, Alice from the Brady Bunch--even Miss Piggy have lent their fame to culinary endeavors. Now some of them may have actually been good cooks, like Miss Piggy of course,  but I know for a fact that Ann B Davis, the famed housekeeper, openly claims in the beginning of her cookbook, "personally, I can't cook". How much stock then can you put in those recipes? Thankfully this is not at all the case for my Famous Friday honoree of the day, Trisha Yearwood, who is not only a bona fide country music star, but also a true rock star in the kitchen. Her music and recipes will make you want to stand up and sing, like this Chicken Tortilla Casserole. It's exactly what she is--down to earth, full of a little spice and immensely satisfying!!

Today we will be making:  Irresistible Chewy Sugar Cookies

WARNING:  Do not make these if you are lacking in willpower!! There are no chocolate chips, candy bars, caramel, pretzels or nuts to tempt, and yet...if you are anything like me (and let's hope for your sake that you are not) these will be your undoing. Simple, buttery, sweet with just the right balance of chewiness and crunch, one bite will remind you why sugar cookies are a classic and always will be! If all of your life, you've been looking for that one perfect sugar cookie recipe, this is the one!!

Today we will be making:  Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The fact is I make a lot of desserts around here and while I can usually control myself and take just a bite or two, I'm always on the lookout for ways to keep myself (and my crew) eating healthy so we can counteract the guilt of the goodies. And when you taste salads like this one, filled with the sweetness of apples, pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries and toasted almonds, all coated in a slightly sweet apple cider vinegar dressing, I don't think you'll feel in any way deprived. In fact, I'm going to go all crazy on you and throw out the idea that you might actually start craving these more than the amazingly chewy sugar cookies I'm going to post tomorrow--just sayin', it could happen!