Stephen Exel Stephen Exel is a food writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience. He's a regular contributor for Traditional Home magazine. His work has also appeared in Better Homes & Gardens and Country Home. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.