NEW Recipes from the August Issue

It's time to take it outside. We're sharing recipes that are best served al fresco with friends. Salute summer, from drinks to dessert, with the latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.

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How to Make Popcorn Balls

This all-time favorite dessert is offers instant nostalgia (remember Grandma making them?). Bring them into your own kitchen with our incredible easy steps.

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Dishes Made Better by Potato Chips

I chip, you chip, we chip. Our love affair with America's favorite snack goes well beyond the bag. We're sharing dishes that were made better (way better) by potato chips.

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Dress Up a Dessert in 8 Seconds (or Less!)

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Canning Basics

Enjoy your favorite produce year-round by canning it. We'll walk you through how to can foods safely with less mess.

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How to Mail Cookies

Send your famous cookie recipe to loved ones anywhere! See how to pack cookies so they won't crumble and other tips for how to mail cookies.

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DIY Drink Stations

Our favorite party trend? Creative DIY drink stations that let party-goers play mixologist. We're sharing our favorite beverage stations, including an infused vodka station, a mojito station, and more. Once you set out the listed supplies, you're all ready to party!

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Elegant Southwestern Beef Entertaining Menu

Southwestern food is very popular these days, and with good reason. The flavors jump out at you and don't let go. Every dish is exciting in this meal, and all are easy to prepare. Follow the timeline and you'll be enjoying your guests as much as they're enjoying the dinner you prepared.

This timeline shows you how far in advance food preparation for the menu can take place. Following these tips allows maximum time with your guests and minimum fuss.

Up to 2 days before dinner

  • Prepare gazpacho. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare dressing for Wilted Garden Greens Salad. Follow step 2 for dressing, cool, transfer to jar, and refrigerate.

Up to 1 day before dinner

  • Prepare Southwestern Tri-Tip Roast through step 1. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare Spanish Rice and cool. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Prepare Chipotle-Lime Butter. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Wash and dry greens for Wilted Garden Greens Salad. Cover and refrigerate.

Up to 6 hours before dinner

  • Measure all ingredients except ice cream for Bananas Foster, set aside to make dessert at the last minute. Do not slice bananas.

1 hour before dinner

  • Roast beef in 425-degree oven, following directions in step 2 of recipe.
  • Dice avocado for gazpacho.

40 minutes before dinner

  • Gently reheat Spanish Rice in microwave at 50 percent power, stirring frequently.
  • Cook corn on the cob.
  • Transfer salad dressing to skillet, heat, and toss with greens.

Immediately after entree

  • Slice bananas for Bananas Foster, cook according to directions, and serve over ice cream.
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