BHG Delish Dish

Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen


Hi everyone! I’m Jenny from Honey and Birch, a food blog that shares easy recipes and from-scratch cooking. Six years ago, I began to experiment in the kitchen. I went from ramen and canned tuna to trying fresh ingredients and flavors in new but simple ways, and discovered a new love for cooking. When I create recipes, I keep my early cooking blunders in mind. My recipes can be followed by any level of chef – we aren’t all meant to be gourmet chefs, but I believe there is a home cook in each of us just waiting for inspiration.

When I picked today’s recipe – steak cobb salad – from the BHG coffers, I kept this in mind. Sometimes the best recipes for beginners are the ones that don’t require a lot of cooking.

The original recipe calls for broiling, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn on the oven. It was a gorgeous day here in Chicago – the sun was shining, the snow completely melted and temperatures were creeping into the high 60’s. Chicagoans break out their shorts and sandals at the first hint of warmer weather so time to break out my grill for the first time this year.

We cooked the steak early in the day so that I could marinate it and serve the salad for dinner. I grilled it to a nice, medium rare, let it rest and then sliced it up. The steak and marinade went in to a plastic bag and into the refrigerator.

While the steak was marinating, I prepped all of the other ingredients. I boiled eggs, cooked the bacon and chopped up all of the veggies. Everything went into the fridge to chill and then I made my salad dressing.

Here is where I made another small change. I love creamy salad dressings, so I added 1/2 a cup of greek yogurt. It mixes in well and makes it just creamy enough without being clumpy. I put it in a sealable jar so I could easily shake it up again later and this went in the fridge to chill too.

When it was time to eat several hours later, I served everything in a large bowl, just like a cobb salad you order at a restaurant but bigger.  Cobb salads are lovely because all of the ingredients have their place and compliment each other so well.

This steak cobb salad was perfect for dinner and has made it onto our meal rotation!

Steak Nachos

I am so excited to share this amazing nachos recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition, which is quickly becoming my new favorite book.  And I am even more excited to share a giveaway of this favorite book with one of our readers!  With well over 1,200 delicious recipes to choose from (along with almost as many gorgeous images to stare at all day like I sometimes do), each and every recipe is a must try.  I can’t wait to try my hand at the decadent Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Pumpkin Bars, and amazing brining techniques for Thanksgiving in the Holiday Favorites chapter, but I seriously had to dive right into the appetizer section and tackle these Nachos.

steak nachos

Fall is officially here and so is football season.  Tailgating, parties and tempting recipes to go with them are cropping up everywhere, and I had to provide you with something that would be absolutely perfect for your next sports get-together.  Since my husband has officially taken up Fantasy Football, (again),  I know that soon I will be searching for ideas to plan some fun football parties.  Nachos are just the perfect appetizer to start any sports party with.

steak nachos

When I saw this Nachos recipe in the new Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, I got so excited and knew this would be perfect to make now!  All of the ingredients come together perfectly in the most delicious way possible.  The layering of flavors and textures from crispy corn tortilla chips, seasoned meat, chunky salsa, hearty beans and melted gooey cheese should not be taken lightly.  It is plain addictive and simply unreal.

steak nachos

I only made one change to this recipe.  I decided to use chopped steak instead of ground beef to add a level of sophistication, something you hardly see when nachos are involved.  In this book you will find great ways to make each recipe unique to your liking with the new concept “Make It Mine”, which gives home cooks, like you, the awesome opportunity to alter recipes based on what your preferences are and what you may have at home.  After I made my switch to steak, I added traditional toppings to this dish, like cilantro and green onions, and gobbled up at least half by myself (don’t tell anyone).

steak nachos

As I mentioned before, you can win one of five copies being given away this week.  To enter, simply tell us in the comments below, “What Is Your Favorite Thing To Cook?”  We will conduct a random drawing from the received entries to select the winners.  You can see the official contest rules HERE.

It is safe to say that these nachos will be making appearance after appearance in my house during football season.  And I simply can’t wait to try even more recipes from the Cook Book that will be a huge hit!

Note: This contest has ended.

Flat-Iron Love


Grilled Flat-Iron Steak with Chimichurri

Hi, this is Carlos Acevedo, one of the food editors at Better Homes and Gardens, and I need to get something off my chest. I recently flew to Ohio and fell in love. The subject of my affections: the glorious flat-iron steak.

This affordable cut was historically ground up to make  hamburger but is surging in popularity as a grilling steak as chefs and consumers alike get hip to its deep flavor and tender texture. It’s similar to flank steak, but some people say it tastes as good as a New York strip.

So what’s Ohio got to do with this, you ask? Well, I went there for an education in steaks at the Certified Angus Beef Brand headquarters in Wooster. You’re probably familiar with them—they’re the ones with the black steer and red sash logo.

Certified Angus Beef represents angus cattle ranchers but only certifies the highest quality angus beef—most cows don’t make the cut.

Now, I know my way around a steakhouse menu. But the good people at Certified Angus Beef demonstrated a bunch of up-and-coming sizzlers, most unfamiliar to me, that are now being sold at many meat counters. Ever heard of the Sierra, Denver, or Ranch?

These affordable steaks come from the chuck, or shoulder of the cow, which generally yields tough beef best suited for stews and chilis. But clever researchers have been working hard over the last decade to find several hidden tender cuts.

My new favorite, as I said, is the toothsome flat iron (also called a boneless beef top blade chuck or top blade steak), which is flavorful and juicy thanks to excellent marbling. Look for it next to you go shopping and cook as you would any steak. It’s best pan seared, broiled, stir fried, or grilled. Just be careful not to overcook—no more than medium doneness or the meat can become chewy.

For a South American twist, try this tasty flat-iron steak recipe from Better Homes and Garden’s latest grilling magazine, “Grill It!”, available on newsstands now.

A Night at the Oscars


It’s hard to believe that the 2013 Academy Awards are just around the corner. While I can’t say I’ve seen all of the movies on this year’s list of nominees, I’m always excited for the star-studded event. I will admit I’m a huge fan of Adele, so I’m pretty exited about seeing her perform “Skyfall” and I do hope she takes home the award for best original song. No offense to the other equally deserving nominees. Anyway, I think the Oscars are a reminder for all of us to indulge in the finer things of life. This year, for your Oscar celebration I recommend serving up some steak. It doesn’t get any finer than that, right? Start the night off with one of these fabulous grilled steak recipes from BHG. Serve something unique like Sirloin Kabobs with Avocado Sauce or cook up a classic such as Ribeye with Garden Tomatoes. Personally, I think I’ll make the Chocolate, Balsamic and Blue Cheese Fillet.

1. Cowboy Steak and Whiskey Butter // 2. Rosemary Porterhouse Steaks with Olive Mayo // 3. Tenderloin with Grilled Corn Relish // 4. Chocolate Balsamic and Blue Cheese Fillet // 5. Peppered Rib-Eye Steak with Grilled Sweet Peppers // 6. Top Sirloin Kabobs and Avocado Sauce // 7. Ribeyes with Garden Tomatoes // 8. Lemon Butter Flank Steak


To add even more glamour to your celebration, I’m sharing a few Oscar-inspired party accessories. These are some of my favorite pieces that won’t break the bank, but certainly look like a million bucks. They also have classic style, so they can easily be incorporated into your other celebratory decor.

1. Swirled Symmetry Dinner Plate // 2. Laguiole Steak Knives // 3. Alexander Decanter // 4. Mercury Candleholders // 5. Foiled Dot Napkin Set  // 6. Ernest Chrome Bar Cart // 7. Sorrento Platter // 8. Quartz Plate


Let’s get this party started! Best of luck to all the nominees. And the Oscar goes too…



Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm



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