Better Homes & Gardens July 2011 Recipes
Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta
Fresh blackberries get a surprising twist with quick-pickled red onions, mint, and creamy feta.
Fresh Arugula Bruschetta
Spread garlic toast with a blend of goat cheese and lemon zest; top with arugula leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.
Honey-Glazed Chicken with Peppers & Goat Cheese and Squash & Mushroom Orzo
Roast chickens are basted with honey and hot red pepper. Alongside, the orzo tossed with mushrooms and summer squash is flavored with roasted almonds, basil, and garlic.
Farm Salad with Sweet Peppers & Sage Croutons
This crisp salad features fresh sage, herb flowers, and an apple cider dressing.
Refreshing garnet-red hibiscus tea is sweetened with honey and scented with cinnamon.
Garlic Bread with Chard
Chewy ciabatta loaf is partially sliced, spread with garlic butter, and filled with fresh chopped chard to make a summery garlic bread.
Melon-Fresh Herb Sorbet
Mix and match melon and herb flavors to suit your taste -- or use what's popping up in the garden or at the farmer's market. Some compatible combinations: cantaloupe-sage, honeydew-lavender, and watermelon-mint-basil.
To combine the ingredients in this fresh veggie-and-vodka drink, recipe developer and author Steve McDonagh recommends using a muddler, a tool that looks like a miniature baseball bat. "The wide base gives the best extraction. In a pinch, use the end of a large wooden spoon."
Grilled Peach Frappe
Fresh peach is grilled and mixed with a handful of other ingredients to make this refreshing drink. "I love rediscovering historic drinks and giving them a modern spin," says Steve McDonagh, recipe developer and co-owner of Chicago's Hearty Restaurant. For an alcohol-free drink, substitute orange juice for the Southern Comfort.
This shaken-not-stirred recipe uses St. Germain, a French liqueur flavored with elderflower blossoms, but you can substitute orange liqueur and three dashes of Angostura bitters. "Shaking does much more than simply chill the drink," says Steve McDonagh, television personality and recipe developer. "It incorporates water and softens the alcohol edge; essential for a well-balanced cocktail."
An abundance of herbs -- dill weed, tarragon, parsley, and chives -- brightens this buttery, lemon-drizzled salmon.
Five-Spice Pork Kabobs
These grilled pork skewers get a punch of Thai flavor from cilantro, peanuts, and lime. Serve them on a bed of pasta with sliced melon or crisp veggies on the side.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons
This twist on gazpacho is bursting with garden-fresh flavor; creamy avocado slices and corn bread croutons add delicious texture.
Turkey, Pear & Cheese Salad
Turkey, sliced pears, and provolone cheese top peppery arugula. Honey mustard and cider vinegar create a tasty pan sauce.
Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto
Top crispy breaded steak with a sauce of blended roasted red peppers and Romano cheese for a fast and delicious meal.
Grains & Fruit Summer Salad
Fresh blueberries, cantaloupe, and smoked salmon are unexpected additions to this fresh lettuce and quinoa salad.
Fast Chicken Fettuccine
This hearty dinner recipe comes together quickly with fresh zucchini and simple ingredients from your pantry and freezer.
Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Brown sugar, toasted pecans, and sweet bananas give this velvety ice cream its homemade flavor.
Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder
Bacon, chicken, potatoes, peppers, and onion combine in this creamy chowder.