Sunday, September 1, 2013

In Anticipation of Autumn

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Whew - I don't know about you, but this summer flew by for me!  Between family vacation, my daughter's first birthday, family and friends visiting, plus the usual work/grocery shopping/cleaning/life stuff, I can't quite believe it's September this morning.

September is my favorite month, largely because its my birthday month.  I also love that it ushers in my favorite season: fall.  I love the pool and the beach as much an anyone, but I hate the HHH (hazy/hot/humid) summers of Maryland...unless I'm at the pool or the beach of course!

I haven't been doing a lot of inventive cooking this summer, mostly opting for quick recipes that don't require a lot of cooking or can be thrown together easily to feed a mob of people.  Some great meals were had this summer and I've added a few standby favorites to my arsenal, but I don't feel like I got to just relax and have as much fun experimenting in the kitchen.

And so with a new month ushering us in with the promise of cooler days, I thought I'd share 2 new recipes I tried yesterday.  The chicken dish we had for dinner was so delicious and incredibly easy.  I love the spice on the sweet potatoes that accompany it and am already planning on making it again.  The dessert (blackberry pie bars) is amazing and kind of a salute to the berries of summer.

What are some of your favorite recipes of the summer?

Blackberry Pie Bars

Ginger-Garlic Roasted Chicken w/Curried Sweet Potatoes

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