Better Homes & Gardens August 2016 Recipes

Peppered Almonds
It's August and we're gobbling up every last morsel of late-summer produce. Our latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens celebrate outdoor dining, grilling, and the fast pace of summer months. Whether you're craving the perfect burger or need a speedy weeknight quesadilla recipe, this collection of recipes has something for you.

Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake

Nothing says party like a layer cake! Frost this one with cream cheese frosting using the trendy naked cake technique for a not-too-sweet slice of dessert.

Bacon Cheeseburgers with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce

Get ready for the burger of all burgers! With tips from barbecue expert, Jamie Purviance, you'll be cooking up your best burgers ever. But really, this recipe had us at "bacon."

Thai Rice Noodle and Grilled Steak Salad

Craving meat, and salad, and pasta? This hearty salad recipe is calling your name! The all-in-one meal packs three food groups in one bowl for a hunger-satisfying dinner.

BLT Salad with Creamy Chive Dressing

Deconstruct the BLT and swap the mayo for a tangy, creamy chive dressing and this BLT salad is what you get. If this salad recipe doesn't scream summer, nothing will.

Burrata and Stone Fruit

If you haven't yet tried Burrata cheese, make this NOW! The word "life-changing" is likely to cross your mind. Serve this so-simple recipe as an appetizer, side dish, heck, eat it for breakfast! You'll like it so much, you'll find any excuse to make it again.

Chorizo and Squash Quesadillas

Salty chorizo sausage, fresh summer zucchini, and gooey cheese combine for an irresistible and easy summer dinner recipe.

Sesame Green Bean Tart

This savory tart looks super sophisticated, but is no sweat to pull together, especially thanks to the purchased piecrust. Loaded with bacon, eggs, and green beans, this egg dish is the perfect addition to your brunch buffet.

Chopped Green Bean Salad with Manchego

Looking for a new go-to summer salad recipe? Your search is over. This nutrition-packed (not to mention fiber-packed) salad covers all the bases -- veggies, nuts, cheese, grains, even a bit of dried fruit. Dig in!

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Theo's Calitini

This summer cocktail puts those specialty fruit-flavored vinegars to work as ice cubes to subtly flavor your sparkling drink.

Farro and Kale Salad

This side-dish salad is pretty enough for a holiday menu but simple enough for a weeknight side, especially if you toast almonds in advance or cook the farro ahead. 

Kalamata Baklava

Twist your perception of baklava on its head! We took it savory with kalamata olives, feta, and pistachios to create a must-try party appetizer.

Italian Sausage and Two-Bean Skillet

Nine ingredients, one pan, and dinner is done! Start with sausage links in a skillet, add beans and veggies, and let it simmer. Dinner will be done in about 25 minutes.

Mondo Short Rib Sandwiches

Meat-lovers, here's your sandwich! Pounds of succulent beef ribs take on big flavor from a triple herb and seasoning rub. The icing on the cake? A delicious schmear of garlic mash.

Nasturtium Poppers

Now we're getting fancy! Stunning, edible Nasturtium blooms are filled with an herby goat cheese mixture to create these oh-so-pretty appetizers.

Spiced Pesto

This is not your typical pesto, you'll find no pine nuts here. Instead we combined the classic olive oil and basil with celery seeds, nutmeg, and coriander. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised.

Avocado Soup

We'll bet you've never had a soup quite like this green, velvety avocado soup. A blistered jalapeno lends a spicy kick, vinegar and lemon zest add bright tang, and vanilla cumin add warm spiced flavors.

Quinoa and Summer Vegetables

If you haven't jumped on the grain salad trend, let us get you hooked with this quinoa salad bursting with fresh veggies.

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

For August days when it’s too hot to turn on the stove, turn to the blender. This gazpacho uses watermelon instead of traditional cucumber, lime juice offers some zip, and sourdough bread gives the soup some body.

Perfect Pickled Veggies

Choose your favorite veggies, add a flavored balsamic vinegar, and let the food science happen. In a few hours you'll have pickled veggies perfect for topping burgers and brats or displaying on a cheese board.

Peppered Almonds

Peppered almonds, it sounds so simple. Well, guess what? It is! Combine four basic ingredients on a sheet pan, bake to toast, and you're done!

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