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Guest Blogger: Family Fresh Cooking

Marla Meridith is the founder & editor of the food and lifestyle blog, Family Fresh Cooking, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world. She aims to bring a fresh, unique, and stylish approach to every facet of life. Her mission is to be your preeminent source for fabulous food, drink, lifestyle and travel features sure to inspire a case of wanderlust. She is the photographer, stylist & recipe developer for her visually rich blog. Marla lives in the breathtaking mountains of Telluride, Colorado with her husband and two amazingly energetic kids.

Summer Dogs | Recipe on by Marla Meridith

As soon as I saw this recipe on I knew I had to this grill up ASAP! Around here we love hot dogs. The toppings on these Summer Dogs had me at hello.

What makes these grilled hot dogs extra special & summery? Its the wonderful grilled corn salad on top. There is also avocado ~ which is always a win!

Summer Dogs | Recipe on by Marla Meridith

I kept the recipe pretty much as is on the BHG website, but added a few small tweaks of my own.

Instead of tomatoes in the corn salad I added diced red pepper. I also added some teeny tiny pickles & pickled onions to the topping. That was my sons request!

Summer Dogs | Recipe on by Marla Meridith

These hot dogs are amazing for entertaining. You can serve ‘em loaded as seen in the photos. Or, you can create a hot dog bar & have the toppings separate so guests can pick & choose their own toppings.

Serve with a side of sweet potato or regular fries & some fresh fruit too.

Summer Dogs | Recipe on by Marla Meridith

Click Summer Dogs for the recipe.


Jocelyn Delk Adams

Italian Sausage Pizza Sliders

Hi everyone!  It’s Jocelyn over at Grandbaby Cakes, and I am ready to share the perfect burger for your summertime grill: Italian Sausage Pizza Sliders!  My husband’s all time favorite food is pizza.  We eat it at least once a week.  From take-out and dine-in at Chicago’s best pizzerias (We have the best pizza!  No contest New York!) to my fabulous homemade pizza recipes inspired by our trip to Naples, Italy last year, there is no shortage of pizza creations to indulge in.

pizza sliders

Recently, I started playing around with pizza flavors to my summer grilling creations.  I knew I had to make a pizza inspired burger.  I saw this incredible recipe for Italian Sausage Sliders on BHG that was aching for my Fourth of July grill fest last week.  This would be the perfect slider to experiment with adding fun pizza and Italian flavors to.  And boy was I right!

pizza sliders


I made the following slight changes and additions to the recipe to create these Pizza Sliders:

  • I pretty much followed the recipe to a tee and only replaced the sausage with turkey sausage and the ground beef with ground turkey for a healthier option.
  • I opted to grill the patties instead of cooking them on the stove top.  I loved the classic smokey flavor and char that grilling gave these sausage sliders.  So good!
  • Next I gave a fun twist to the slider buns.  I sliced the buns and brushed them with this BHG Grilled French Bread mixture recipe and grilled them for just a few seconds to add gorgeous grill marks and additional flavor.  These buns were out of this world.
  • Then I topped each sausage patty with 1 tablespoon of my favorite pizza sauce warmed up a bit, a slice of mozzarella cheese, two turkey pepperoni slices, a sprinkle of oregano and 1 fresh basil leaf. I warmed the topped patty on the grill until the cheese melted down and became gooey delicious.
  • Lastly, I topped each perfect pizza patty on a garlic butter grilled slider bun and ate to my heart’s content.

pizza sliders

These were so delicious and reminded me of eating dinner in my favorite pizzeria.   Since my husband’s pizza addiction makes him one harsh critic, I knew his comments would mean the most. He gave this recipe top marks and even asked for these to go on our next grilling menu.  I guess you can say this was a great success!  Score!

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Guest Blogger: Hip Foodie Mom

Hello everyone! I’m Alice and I blog over at Hip Foodie Mom, a fresh food blog, featuring recipes using local, seasonal and organic ingredients. You’ll find a little bit of everything from vegetarian to meat dishes to Asian food but one thing remains constant: my use of fresh, quality ingredients.

Growing up in a Korean-American household with two parents who were always in the kitchen cooking meant that we spent a lot of family time around the dinner table. Our table was always filled with lots of food because my parents loved feeding us and giving my brother, sister and I a lot of variety when it came to meal time. Some families connect and bond over outdoor activities, sports or little league. My family connected over food, cooking, entertaining and serving food to others. This is why our house was like grand central station and was always filled with friends, food and good company.


We grew up eating everything from mac and cheese to Korean food to Japanese food and my adventurous father was always introducing us to new foods when we were kids. And since we are Korean, we were always grilling up galbi or bulgogi a few times a month.

Nothing says summer more to me than grilling and I always associate July 4th with grilling foods and spending time with family and friends so when I was asked to guest post here and select a recipe, I immediately headed to the grilling section on Better Homes and Gardens and as soon as I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it. We’re always grilling burgers, hot dogs and chicken but I like to mix it up a little and my family and I love pork so these Lemon-Sage Pork Chops on a Stick were calling my name. Not only are these grilled to perfection and deliciously flavorful but I love that they are on a stick! How fun is that?! And they are perfect for any July 4th party or gathering. Serve these with grilled vegetables and a salad and you’ve got yourself a terrific summer meal.

I’m also a huge salsa lover and love topping and dipping my foods so naturally, I had to find a fabulous salsa to pair with these pork chops. When I saw this Hot Pineapple Salsa recipe, I knew this was the one! The only things I did differently was: I used black beans and I left everything raw and uncooked and just mixed everything up. I also added some chopped red cabbage for more color. This salsa was so delicious! I even ate more salsa with tortilla chips after I ate my pork chop. .  I absolutely loved the crushed pineapple with the black beans and red onions. .  I could seriously eat this everyday this summer!

So, here’s to summer grilling and spending time with your family and friends! Wishing everyone a fantastic July 4th holiday! Whether you are grilling, attending a picnic with friends or watching your local fireworks show, let’s take some time on Friday to give thanks for our freedom and wave that red, white and blue!




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Guest Blogger: Salmon Burgers

Hi Friends, I’m Nik Sharma and I blog at A Brown Table where I develop recipes that showcase the wonderful flavors of Indian cuisine. My favorite recipes are the ones where I get to showcase ingredients that are commonly used in Indian cooking and infuse them into everyday meals that are tasty yet wholesome and healthy.

Warm summers always remind me of grilling and spending vacations at the beach, so when Better Homes and Gardens asked me to cook and write about their recipes, I figured what could better than a delicious burger (any excuse is a great excuse to fire up the grill!). I picked their easy salmon burger recipe, which seriously guys, no jokes, this is one super EASY and tasty way to prepare salmon.  All you need to do is add the ingredients to a food processor, click the “Pulse” button a couple of times, shape and then toss them on to your grill and watch them sizzle!

We eat a lot of seafood at home and salmon is definitely a common item on our menu. So we were eager to try this recipe out from Better Homes and Gardens.

My favorite way to eat these babies, is to grab a salmon patty, throw on some lettuce, add a dollop of mustard, and sandwich it inside a freshly toasted bun.

I kept the entire method of preparation and ingredients the same as listed in the original recipe but I did make a few of my own changes to it.

  • Instead of using crackers, I used 1/2 cup oat bran. Not only does oat bran act as a binding agent it also gives a nice texture to the burger. If you have a gluten sensitivity issue, I recommend using oat bran that’s prepared in a gluten-free facility (just in case there’s cross contamination).
  • I also added 2 tablespoons chopped red onion, 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro leaves (but parsley could also be substituted in the same amount), 1 clove (approximately 1 teaspoon) of garlic , 1 small (1 teaspoon) thai chili pepper, 1 teaspoon garam masala, and 1 teaspoon salt to the salmon before processing it in the food processor.

If you’re looking for a no-fuss recipe to prepare a flavorful salmon burger, then this recipe will not disappoint!

Sarah Martens

Friday Finds 6.13

One of my favorite things to do when entertaining is pairing food with wine or even beer. The right red can take pasta to a new level while a delicate white perfectly complements light seafood. This weekend, I want to mix it up and pair a cocktail with my meal. So, I headed over to Better Homes and Gardens Associate Food Editor Hali Ramdene for the 411 on pairing cocktails with food.

I loved this gorgeous Blackberry Gin Shooter from Dine and Dish.  It looks like a fun way to get the party started!  Hali recommended pairing the sweet shot with these Rosemary-Brie Chicken Burgers. “Rosemary and gin are a classic combination. This duo is perfect for summer grilling parties!”

Feeling like something sparkling? This Kombucha Cocktail from Camille Styles looks super refreshing and delicious. The perfect pairing for this summer strawberry drink? Creamy Avocado Basil Pasta. “The slightly-sour drink will cut through some of the pasta’s richness and the basil is a great match for strawberries.”

I love breaking out the blender and I can’t wait to make these Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margaritas from The Blond Cook. Rich and creamy, this tropical drink practically screams summer. Hali suggests a bold, spicy sandwich to enjoy with the frosty drink. We love these Sausage Dinner Hoagies!

One of my go-to summer sippers is shandy and the ultra-refreshing Southern Shandy from Pretty Plain Janes looks even better than the classic version. Their ingenious addition? Peach Brandy! Pair this with a smoky grilled Baconista Brat. “There’s nothing better than a grilled brat and a cool cocktail on a warm summer night.”

Looking for the perfect sangria? We’re partial to the gorgeous Watermelon Basil Sangria from JJ Begonia. Sweet, juicy watermelon and rose wine were meant to be together. A drink this sweet screams for steak. Hali recommends pairing it with these Greek Flat Iron Steaks. “These steaks are amazing and a great twist on a summer classic.”

There you have it! Our picks for perfectly paired cocktails and dishes. Have a favorite pairing? Let us know in the comments section!


Sarah, Associate Digital Food Editor

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Sarah Martens

Friday Finds 5.30

Summer’s here – let’s keep the cookin’ easy. It’s far too nice out to be standing over the stove. My favorites this week keep the oven off but the flavors on. Let’s fire up the grill!

I like to start things off with a cocktail and this light, tart Rhubarb, Grapefruit, and Thyme Cocktail from Top With Cinnamon looks amazing. Pretty, pink, and made for summer sipping.

My Invisible Crown’s Grilled Salmon Kebabs look amazing. Light, flavorful, and dare I say healthy… Perfect for summer and swimsuit season.

If you’ve never thrown your salad on the grill – I insist you give it a try this summer. Cool, crisp romaine gets a smoky, sweet flavor from a quick trip to the coals. Olives and Garlic has a must-try recipe – Grilled Romaine Lettuce Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing.

Fresh summer fruit is about as good as it gets. Fearless Homemaker has found a way to make it better. Toss it with a zesty lime-mint dressing. Her Fruit Salad with Lime-Mint Dressing is gorgeous and can be customized with whatever fruit you like. Perfect for easy, breezy summer.

Is there anything more quintessentially summer than fudgsicles? These chocolate pops from A House In The Hills brought me right back to childhood. But, her Fudgsicle recipe is decidedly grown-up with healthy swaps like coconut, maple syrup, and avocado. I’ve already got a batch in my freezer.

Bloggers, would you like your recipes to be included in our Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here: And don’t forget to tweet at @BHG with your favorite recipes.

Happy Grilling!

Sarah Martens, Associate Digital Food Editor