Better Homes & Gardens February 2010 Recipes

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Check out our latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: chocolate and vanilla Valentine's desserts, hearty steak and potatoes, heart-healthy recipes, and more.

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Alternating layers of chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake fill a crisp chocolate graham cracker crust for a luscious dessert that's hard to resist.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Soft chocolate chip cookie sandwiches are filled with a buttery mixture of peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

Sweet Potato Barley Salad

Toss carrots, spinach, sweet potato, edamame, and barley in garlic dressing for a healthy side dish your family will love.

Quinoa Toss with Chickpeas and Herbs

For a unique, flavorful salad you can make ahead, combine beets, feta cheese, chickpeas, corn, and quinoa with a handful of other ingredients.

Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches

Give your Valentine a sweet cookie surprise. "I love how delicate and super-crunchy the cookies are in comparison to the soft fillings," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

Chocolate Stack Loaf

This rich cake is ready in less than an hour. "Don't worry -- the batter will seem low in the pan, but it bakes beautifully to a 1-inch layer," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "The fudge frosting needs an hour or so to chill, to thicken and become spreadable. Don't substitute for the natural sweetened cocoa powder."

Vanilla-Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

Sparkling wine in the batter and glaze adds a unique brightness to this party-worthy dessert. "I use vanilla paste here for its intense flavor," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "You can also use an equal amount of vanilla extract in place of the paste."

Vanilla Tart with Nutmeg Crust and Spiced Pears

Pour creamy vanilla custard over a tender cookie crust and top with brandy-soaked pears. "Tahitian vanilla adds cherry flavor notes to this tart, making it a natural to pair with nutmeg," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "Other vanilla extracts would also work."

Rustic Chocolate Pie

Best enjoyed warm from the oven, this munchable treat has an airy brownie filling and a flaky, buttery crust. "I tend to pick up a slice and eat it with my fingers, like pizza," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

Chocolate Pudding Wedges with Cinnamon Toasts

Chocolate pudding -- so thick it can be cut in wedges -- is served on slices of cinnamon toast. "It's a little bit of childhood all grown up," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

Vanilla Flan with Butterscotch Sauce

Tiny specks of vanilla bean give this creamy custard intense flavor, while a sprinkle of sea salt adds intrigue. "Forget about caramelizing the sugar," says recipe developer Alice Medrich. "Simply press the brown sugar, with a pinch of salt, in the bottom of the dish. It dissolves into a sauce as the flan bakes and cools."

Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches

These extra-crisp cookies feature vanilla cream cheese filling. "Think of it as a dessert that just happens to be a cookie," says recipe developer Alice Medrich.

Chocolate Decadence Cookies

Slightly crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, these special cookies are full of bittersweet chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and tangy candied orange peel.

Skillet Salt-Roasted Potatoes

Here's a great side dish for steak. Coarse, inexpensive kosher salt seasons the potatoes and creates an even heat as they roast on the stovetop.

Shrimp with Peppered Citrus Fruits

Fresh, coarsely crushed pepper lends smoky spice and aroma to this delectable citrus and shrimp toss.

Salt-Cured Roast Beef for Sandwiches

This juicy roast can be served as-is for dinner or sliced thin and piled on a baguette with mayo, sauteed onions, and greens to create delicious, simple sandwiches.

Smashed Peas with Ricotta Toasts

Ground black pepper adds heat and flavor to sweet peas, soybeans, and sauteed garlic.

Cajun Steak Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries

These hearty rib-eye steak sandwiches are smothered in a smoky-sweet sauce -- and they take just 25 minutes to make.

Grilled Steaks with Cheddar Crisps

For a budget-friendly dinner, top crisp romaine lettuce with grilled steak, cheesy potatoes, and tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

Greek-Style Pizza

Top flat bread with feta cheese, fresh spinach, roast beef, and potatoes, and then broil until warm and bubbly for a delicious dinner that's ready in just 25 minutes.

Stuffed Spuds

Fill baked potatoes with steak, vegetables, stir-fry sauce, and peanuts for an easy Asian-inspired supper.

Beef Stew and Garlic Mash

Tender beef and vegetables top garlic mashed potatoes to create a comforting supper that's ideal for a chilly night.

Morning Parfait

Layers of sweetened cream cheese, berries, and granola are drizzled with honey for a healthy, filling breakfast treat.

Pepper Corn Chowder

Frozen corn is pureed with chicken broth and sauteed onions and leeks to create a silky soup without any cream. Red sweet pepper and extra corn add a crunchy bite to the smooth chowder.

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Top blackened chicken with a fresh mixture of papaya, avocado, sweet pepper, and cilantro.

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