Better Homes & Gardens February 2013 Recipes

Coconut-Banana Crème
The newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens make it easy to indulge in mini bites of chocolate bliss (from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan), throw together fresh and delicious weeknight meals that start with frozen meat, and enjoy fun and flirty party drinks.

Smoky Chocolate Crackers

We're not always so literal, but you will love these savory-sweet heart-shape chocolate crackers from award-winning author Dorie Greenspan. With a smidge of smokiness from paprika, they're a sophisticated snack when paired with a slice of Manchego or cheddar.

Cherry Chicken Spirals

A double dose of honey mustard gives our flavorful chicken roll a little zing. While this company-worthy chicken recipe may look like a fancy restaurant dish, it's surprisingly simple to put together.

Mini Chocolate and Yogurt Parfaits

Alternating layers of honey-sweetened Greek yogurt and chocolate yogurt mousse are topped with a thin layer of jam and perfumy pink peppercorns in this party-perfect dessert.

Turkey and Apricot Bread Salad

Quick, easy, fresh, and delicious -- our winter salad studded with blue cheese and cranberries is a knockout dinner recipe. Don't forget to toss your bread with dressing before adding to the salad so it can absorb the herbs and soften slightly.

Fudgy Cherry and Port Brownies

One editor referred to these rich, dense raspberry-topped chocolate delights as "the perfect brownie." Worth the extra effort, this port-infused brownie recipe is a keeper.

Shrimp Soup with Chili Tortilla Strips

Poblano pepper and crushed red pepper give our simple soup recipe its zip, while creamy avocado, snipped fresh cilantro, and homemade crispy tortilla strips make a tasty topper.

Triple-Chocolate Cake Balls

The secret to our fudgy, truffle-like cake balls? Start with homemade cake. If time is tight, boxed cake mix works, too. Dress up these easy Valentine's Day treats with a sprinkling of cocoa powder for a perfect gift, or let the kids help decorate for a fun party activity.

Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish

Start with frozen pork chops. Simmer them in water, orange juice, and honey, and pair them with a sweet-and-spicy mango relish for a 30-minute dinner that's bursting with bright citrus flavor. Look for thin chops (about 1/4 inch thick), often labeled "breakfast pork chops."

Make an easy pork dinner tonight -- no thawing required! Our pork chop recipe starts from frozen so you can have a delicious dinner on the table with little prep.

See How to Make Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish

Herb-Crusted Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes

Frozen salmon goes straight to the oven (no thaw time needed!) in our easy dinner idea. Tomatoes, capers, and a parsley-garlic mixture give this dish its medley of savory flavors, while golden raisins add a hint of sweetness. Don't forget to soak the raisins in hot water to keep them plump when roasted.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Tuna

Canned tuna is a pantry staple, but we like tuna packed in olive oil even better. It's a bit pricier but worth every penny. It gives a rich flavor boost to our gnocchi, mushroom, and Parmesan dinner casserole.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Cream

Date night just got delicious thanks to our chocolaty cream puffs with rose syrup-infused mascarpone filling. A drizzle of melted bittersweet chocolate takes these valentine-worthy treats over the top.

Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower

The salty-sweet mix of green olives, dates, and pistachios lends a little crunch and a lot of taste to this healthy one-pot chicken dinner. If you prefer to buy skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, slice them horizontally and freeze; a thinner cut cooks more evenly.

Sweet Potato Soup

Last night's sweet potatoes play a starring role in our comforting, spice-kissed soup. Top with croutons and green onion for a delicious way to enjoy leftovers.

Cocoa Crunch Meringue Sandwiches

We can't decide what we like better about our irresistible chocolate meringue sandwiches: the crunchy cocoa-and-almond-laced meringues or the velvety smooth chocolate filling.

Spicy Oven-Baked Fish and Sweet Potato Fries

Classic fish and chips gets a kick of heat from chili powder and paprika and a touch of sweet from roasted sweet potato fries. To make this dinner budget-friendly, look for deals on whitefish such as tilapia, cod, or pollack.

Triple-Chocolate Cake with Malted Crunch

As chocolate cake recipes go, our three-tier beauty is sure to be a hit for Valentine's Day. Crushed malted milk balls add satisfying crunch when placed atop smooth chocolate ganache.

Avocado Salsa

Grapefruit adds a tart tanginess to our easy salsa that combines avocados, serrano pepper, and a sprinkle of orange juice for an unexpectedly refreshing dip.

Valentine's Day Chocolate Trail Mix

Set out this chocolate trail mix recipe at your next get-together and watch as guests devour the salty pretzels and sweet chocolate clusters mingled with dried cherries, cranberries, and freeze-dried raspberries. Yum!

Ginger Broil

If you've never broiled a grapefruit, it's about time you tried. Thickly sliced grapefruit gets a brush of butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar before being broiled to sweet-tart perfection.

Mini Frozen Mousse Pops

Take a trip down memory lane with our cute, party-perfect frozen fudge pops. We love that they don't quite freeze solid, so they are rich, creamy, and easy on the teeth.

Oscar Night Popcorn Treat

Gold-wrapped almonds add some serious glitz to our sweet-and-spicy cayenne and dried apricot buttered popcorn snack.

Peanutty Fruit and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Indulge in a bite-size peanut butter cookie that's loaded with oats, dried cranberries, and chocolate. Though you'll love them for Valentine's Day with a dollop of strawberry ice cream, you'll want to make them all year round.

Goat Cheese Toasts

Tart balances creamy in our easy crostini appetizer topped with grapefruit, honeyed goat cheese, and a slice of salami.

Avocado Smoothie

Add some creaminess and nutrients to your morning smoothie with avocado! Blend it with banana, orange juice, yogurt, and honey -- and don't forget a little grated fresh ginger.

Fizzy Grapefruit and Peach Sipper

For a tart and tasty sipper, mix one part grapefruit juice with equal parts peach soda and vodka.

Blushing Lemonade

Pink lemonade gets a little vodka and a splash of limoncello in this fun and flirty drink.

Minty Lime Refresher

Club soda and white rum take on the refreshing flavors of creme de menthe and lime juice for a colorful drink that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day and fun on any day.

Sweet-Tart Tropical Punch

Transport yourself to a sandy beach with one sip of our simple tangerine-and-pineapple rum cooler. All that's missing is the little drink umbrella.

Coconut-Banana Creme

Swirl together the tropical flavors of coconut, orange, and banana. A touch of vanilla bean paste and a garnish of toasted coconut give this drink sophistication.

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