Better Homes & Gardens August 2014 Recipes

Lemony Squash and Provolone Dinner Toast
Make the most of summer's bounty with original recipes featuring fresh sweet corn, green beans, and squash. You'll love the inventive dishes like Tomato-Topped Corn and Feta Casserole, Blistered Green Beans, and Garlicky Zucchini Noodles. We're also blending up spicy, in-season salsas perfect for enjoying with summer cocktails. Plus, get creative new recipes for fresh peaches (no desserts here!).

Fresh Summer Recipes

There's nothing better than fresh from the garden produce. Our latest recipes showcase the vibrant flavors and versatility of summer's bounty. Complete your meal with a spicy salsa, refreshing cocktail, and our favorite part, dessert.

Lemon Bar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

We've taken the sweet, tart flavor of lemon bars and transformed them into a chilly summertime treat. Layers of creamy vanilla ice cream and lemon curd are sandwiched between homemade sugar cookies for a nostalgic dessert that's sure to please.

Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with Chimichurri

Our tangy chimichurri has plenty of bite thanks to fresh garlic, crushed red pepper, and a mix of herbs. It makes our smoky grilled steaks even more delicous.

Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo

This fresh salsa is perfect for summer. Chopped cucumber adds refreshing crunch, while serrano peppers bring the heat.

Peach and Blueberry Slab Pie

For a fresh dessert, look to sweet in-season peaches and blueberries. With just 20 minutes of prep, this stunning dessert couldn't be easier -- perfect for summer.

Tomato-Topped Corn and Feta Casserole

Loaded with corn, olives, and feta cheese, this summer casserole has layers of Mediterranean flavor. Finish with a dose of juicy sweetness from oven-roasted cherry tomatoes.

Test Kitchen Tip: Make it a meal! Simply add 2 cups of cooked cubed chicken before baking.

Blood Orange Margarita

This ruby-red margarita practically screams summer. Perfect for a party, we've made a pitcher-size recipe.

Test Kitchen Tip: Having trouble finding blood orange juice? Substitute a mix of orange and pomegranate juices instead. 

Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

Transform garden zucchini into noodles right before your eyes. Then toss it with garlic, walnut oil, creamy goat cheese, and prosciutto in this company-worthy salad.

You won't believe how easy these noodles are! Perfect for a simple summer dinner, this quick meal comes together in just 20 minutes!

Garlicky Zucchini Noodles (Without The Pasta!)

Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

A mix of fresh and fire-roasted tomatoes make this the most addictive salsa ever! Once the chips were gone, we found ourselves spooning it on everything from fish to pasta.

Spiked Mango Lemonade

Keep the sweltering summer heat at bay with this adults-only lemonade. We like ours spiked with fresh mango and vodka.

Oven-Roasted Chile Butter Corn

It doesn't get much better than fresh sweet corn slathered with butter. We've taken it to the next level with a spicy double-chile butter and a crunchy cornflake topping.

Salsa in Seconds

This creamy green salsa is both tasty and a snap to make. Simply toss the ingredients in your blender, and in seconds you've got fresh salsa.

Green Beans and Pesto Pasta

This summery dinner starts with a fragrant green bean pesto that's packed with flavor. To serve, spoon it generously over pasta, fresh beans, and lettuce.

Grilled Tomato and Stone-Fruit Salsa

This sweet, smoky salsa got rave reviews from our editors. Simply grill all the ingredients and then chop -- it couldn't be any easier!

Turn to your grill for this spicy, sweet salsa. A quick trip to the coals ensures this salsa is loaded with smoky flavor.

Sweet and Spicy: Grilled Tomato and Stonefruit Salsa

Ginger Peach Sauce

We love the spicy, sweet flavor of this quick summer sauce. It pairs beautifully with thick grilled pork chops or chicken.

Oven-Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Salsa

For a salty, crunchy boost of flavor and texture, we added peanuts to this salsa. It's a delicious take on the classic combination of nuts and chiles often found in Mexico.

Buttered Peaches and Ravioli

This is weeknight done right. Simply saute in-season peaches with cheesy ravioli and toasted hazelnuts for an easy yet elegant meal.

Corn and Cantaloupe Chopped Salad

Highlight the season's sweetest produce with this light summer salad. A generous pinch of red chile renders the salad both spicy and sweet.

Honey-Dijon Zucchini Potato Salad

Add some extra veggies to your potato salad. Grilled squash gets tossed with tender potatoes and honey mustard for a new twist on the classic potluck dish.

Peach and Feta Bulgur Salad

Light, fresh, and filling, the sweet-and-savory blend of peaches and feta will have you coming back for seconds.

Sweet-and-Sour Four-Bean Salad

First sweet, then sour, this Asian-inspired salad is packed with the flavors of ginger, fish sauce, and fresh lime. For even more flavor, sprinkle on fresh cilantro just before serving.

Yellow Tomato Braised Beans

Simmered until fork-tender, these saucy green beans are buttery, rich, and the perfect summer comfort food.

Test Kitchen Tip: Make it a meal! Fold in two 5-ounce cans of drained olive-oil-packed tuna.

Pickled Peach Terrine

Layer after layer of pickled peaches and tangy goat cheese come together for a gorgeous summer dinner. With an overnight chill time, it's an easy make-ahead meal.

Blistered Green Beans

When roasted in a superhot oven, green beans become charred and smoky. Highlight the flavor with a scattering of pistachios, parsley, and orange zest.

Lemony Squash and Provolone Dinner Toast

Keep the cooking easy with these melty toasts. In-season veggies like zucchini and summer squash are piled high with zesty lemon pepper and thyme on crisp toasted ciabatta.

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