Better Homes and Gardens July 2011 Recipes

Check out our latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: farm-fresh dishes, summer cocktails, quick dinners, and more!

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Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

    Fresh blackberries get a surprising twist with quick-pickled red onions, mint, and creamy feta.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

    Spread garlic toast with a blend of goat cheese and lemon zest; top with arugula leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.

Makes: 12 servings
Broil   1 min  to  2 mins per side
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Honey-Glazed Chicken with Peppers & Goat Cheese and Squash & Mushroom Orzo

    Roast chickens are basted with honey and hot red pepper. Alongside, the orzo tossed with mushrooms and summer squash is flavored with roasted almonds, basil, and garlic.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  1 hr 10 mins  to 1 hr 15 mins  375°F 
Stand   10 mins 
Farm Salad with Sweet Peppers & Sage Croutons

    This crisp salad features fresh sage, herb flowers, and an apple cider dressing.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Roast   20 mins  425°F 
Stand   15 mins 
Hibiscus Tea

    Refreshing garnet-red hibiscus tea is sweetened with honey and scented with cinnamon.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  Up to  24 hrs 
Cool  2 hrs 
Garlic Bread with Chard

    Chewy ciabatta loaf is partially sliced, spread with garlic butter, and filled with fresh chopped chard to make a summery garlic bread.

Serving size: 16-20 slices
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
Melon-Fresh Herb Sorbet

    Mix and match melon and herb flavors to suit your taste -- or use what's popping up in the garden or at the farmer's market. Some compatible combinations: cantaloupe-sage, honeydew-lavender, and watermelon-mint-basil.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Chill  2 hrs  to 4 hrs 
Cook   5 mins 
Celery Mary

    To combine the ingredients in this fresh veggie-and-vodka drink, recipe developer and author Steve McDonagh recommends using a muddler, a tool that looks like a miniature baseball bat. "The wide base gives the best extraction. In a pinch, use the end of a large wooden spoon."

Makes: 1 servings
Start to Finish   5 mins 
Grilled Peach Frappe

    Fresh peach is grilled and mixed with a handful of other ingredients to make this refreshing drink. "I love rediscovering historic drinks and giving them a modern spin," says Steve McDonagh, recipe developer and co-owner of Chicago's Hearty Restaurant. For an alcohol-free drink, substitute orange juice for the Southern Comfort.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Grill   8 mins  to  10 mins 
Steve's Martini

    This shaken-not-stirred recipe uses St. Germain, a French liqueur flavored with elderflower blossoms, but you can substitute orange liqueur and three dashes of Angostura bitters. "Shaking does much more than simply chill the drink," says Steve McDonagh, television personality and recipe developer. "It incorporates water and softens the alcohol edge; essential for a well-balanced cocktail."

Makes: 1 servings
Start to Finish   10 mins 
Herbed Salmon

    An abundance of herbs -- dill weed, tarragon, parsley, and chives -- brightens this buttery, lemon-drizzled salmon.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   3 mins  to  7 mins  350°F 
Five-Spice Pork Kabobs

    These grilled pork skewers get a punch of Thai flavor from cilantro, peanuts, and lime. Serve them on a bed of pasta with sliced melon or crisp veggies on the side.

Makes: 4 servings
Grill   6 mins  to  8 mins 
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

    This twist on gazpacho is bursting with garden-fresh flavor; creamy avocado slices and corn bread croutons add delicious texture.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Turkey, Pear & Cheese Salad

    Turkey, sliced pears, and provolone cheese top peppery arugula. Honey mustard and cider vinegar create a tasty pan sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

    Top crispy breaded steak with a sauce of blended roasted red peppers and Romano cheese for a fast and delicious meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

    Fresh blueberries, cantaloupe, and smoked salmon are unexpected additions to this fresh lettuce and quinoa salad.

Serving size: 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Fast Chicken Fettuccine

    This hearty dinner recipe comes together quickly with fresh zucchini and simple ingredients from your pantry and freezer.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream

    Brown sugar, toasted pecans, and sweet bananas give this velvety ice cream its homemade flavor.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 3 quarts
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   8 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder

    Bacon, chicken, potatoes, peppers, and onion combine in this creamy chowder.

Makes: 8 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 

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