Better Homes and Gardens April 2012 Recipes

Bring on the warm weather, backyard barbecues, and sweet refreshing flavors of spring. The newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine are here and can help you entertain family and friends with fresh salads, simple sides, and delectable dinner recipes.

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Pistachio-Honey Cake with Berries & Cream

    The pairing of honey with pistachios and creamy mascarpone will make this cake a new favorite in your recipe repertoire. To make ahead, cover and refrigerate the cake. Add the topping just before serving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  325°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Bacon & Egg Muffins

    These savory cornmeal muffins have scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and bacon strips baked right in. To ensure tender muffins, stir together the batter until combined but not completely smooth.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  17 mins  400°F 
Cool   5 mins 
Crispy Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

    Once the chops are dipped in the honey mixture, place them in the fridge a few minutes for the marinade to thicken and soak into the pork before cooking. Serve the chops with Sweet Beet Chutney for a hearty sweet and savory meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Chill   5 mins 
Cook   34 mins  to  39 mins 
Lemon-Raspberry Coffeecake

    The lemony cheesecake center and fresh raspberries make this a springtime-perfect coffeecake. To prevent the raspberries from sinking into the batter, they're added to the cake halfway through baking. Fresh berries adorn the top.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  375°F 
Cool   10 mins 
Sweet Curry Carrots with Chive Yogurt

    Stir a spoonful of honey into curry for a spicy-sweet sauce that makes a gorgeous glaze on slender spring carrots. Thick yogurt dotted with chives is a southing counterpoint.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Roast   25 mins  425°F 
Feta, Honey & Date Spread

    Swirl a squirt of honey into this creamy feta dip, and taste how it tames the heat of the cayenne pepper. Serve with homemade or store-bought pita chips for an unbeatable appetizer.

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Overnight Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf

    You'll never meet a cinnamon bread quite like this. Make the pull-apart, no-knead dough the day before, and allow it to slow-rise in the fridge overnight to develop flavor.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  overnight + 45 minutes
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Honey-Pepper Bacon Pops

    Slather honey on these bacon skewers to achieve a sultry sweetness that mixes perfectly with the savory smoke of whatever bacon you like best.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   20 mins  400°F 
Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta

    This dinner has so many perks: It's done in less than 30 minutes and is easy to make it your own. Not into shrimp? Substitute bite-size pieces of deli-roasted chicken. For peppery bite, replace half the spinach with arugula.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Honey Roast Chicken with Spring Peas & Shallots

    Build a companyworthy meal around our honey-roasted chicken. Pair with make-ahead bread, a mouthwatering egg bake, and fresh fruit for brunch. Or, for a welcoming dinner, served with mashed sweet potatoes and your vegetable of choice.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  1 hr 20 mins  to 1 hr 50 mins  375°F 
Cook   13 mins 
Iceberg Wedge Salad with Bacon, Carrots & Radishes

    Want something delicious and cheap? Try this oh-so-pretty lunch or dinner wedge salad that features a head of lettuce, fresh veggies, and crispy bacon strips.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Gingered Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

    If you're in need of a crispy side for this creamy, flavorful soup, cut flatbread into wedges. Sprinkle wedges with Parmesan or Asiago cheese, then broil, watching closely, just until bread is toasted and cheese is barely melted. Cool, dunk, and enjoy.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 8 cups
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Grilled Ham & Pineapple Burgers

    This juicy burger is sure to liven up any backyard cookout with the perfect mix of savory and sweet crunch. Ground ham loaf (equal parts ground ham and ground pork) replaces beef in this Hawaiian-style burger.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad

    Fresh and filling is the perfect way to describe this easy dinner salad. Express your salad style by substituting fish for chicken, zucchini or carrots for cucumbers, halved cherry or grape tomatoes for sliced tomatoes, and pitted Kalamata or ripe olives for green olives.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Blueberry-Cream Biscuits with Blueberry Sauce

    This recipe is so easy -- there's no blending in butter or rolling. Here, the biscuits are studded with blueberries for breakfast, but they're just as good for dinner when made without berries and sugar.

Serving size: 12 biscuits
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   17 mins  to  20 mins  425°F 
Sticky Honey-Pineapple Custards

    The flavor of the honey -- whether clover, wildflower, or another variety -- shines through in this dessert without overpowering. Stir leftover pineapple-infused honey into yogurt or oatmeal, heating it for a few seconds in the microwave to make drizzling easy.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   20 mins  325°F 
Chill  1 hr  to 8 hrs 
Grilled Onion Flatbread with Bacon & Arugula

    Start your backyard party with an appetizer straight off the grill. Beer and bacon bring your favorite flavors to the refreshing veggies in this flatbread recipe.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Grill   8 mins 
Cinnamon-Coffee-Dunked Doughnut Pudding

    After a friend told Prize Tested Recipes winner Mildred Smith that one of her favorite sweets was bread pudding, Mildred came up with this decadent brunch idea. Use whichever cake or yeast-raised doughnut you like.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  350° 
Roast Beef Quesadillas

    Hello, leftovers! Making quesadillas is a tasty way to make use of yesterday's home-cooked chicken, beef, or pork -- roasted in flavorful juices. When using pork or chicken, substitute a thick barbecue sauce for the salsa.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries & Cashews

    Just a drizzle of honey in vinaigrette is downright divine. Add fresh cherries and red onion slivers for a salad that will delight.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   10 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
Southwestern Meat Loaf

    This Prize Tested meat loaf makeover calls for ground turkey for a healthier version of the classic dinner. Rice, beans, and corn give it a Southwestern spin.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  350° 

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