Better Homes & Gardens June 2014 Recipes
Bring friends together with our party-perfect dishes and truly refreshing cocktails, all served up family-style. Plus, we have creative twists on the quintessential summer dessert -- buttery, fruit-filled shortcakes!
Throw a Casual Summer Party
Spend a warm summer night surrounded by close friends and family. Bring everyone to the table with simple summer recipes like Creamy Sweet Potato Salad and Smoky Slider Skewers, all served up on one platter. Keep things sweet with our inventive twists on classic shortcakes and pitcher-perfect cocktails. These delicious dishes are vibrant, flavorful, and carefree -- perfect for summer.
It wouldn't be summer without classic strawberry shortcakes. We're sure you'll swoon over these light, buttery cakes topped with juicy, macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream.
Smoky Slider Skewers
Smoky inside and out, a generous pinch of paprika gives these slider patties an added dose of flame-kissed flavor. Serve them up with a heaping spoonful of our Double-Tomato Relish.
Basil Lemon Drop
An adults-only take on classic lemonade, this super-refreshing drink screams summer. Plenty of torn fresh basil ups the wow factor.
Lemony Spinach Pesto
Make the most of fresh summer spinach with a vibrant pesto. Our version blends nutty almonds, plenty of lemon, and Parmesan cheese for loads of flavor.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Raspberry Shortcakes
Chocolate-lovers, rejoice! Our fudgy shortcakes get triple the indulgence from cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and chocolate-hazelnut spread.
Editor's Tip: Add a splash of raspberry liqueur to your whipped cream for a burst of flavor.
Watch and Make: Chocolate-Hazelnut Raspberry Shortcakes
Our food editor Hali shows you how to make our decadent, rich chocolate-hazelnut shortcakes.
Corn and Peach Salad
An unexpected but delicious combination of juicy peaches and fresh sweet corn comes together in this farm-inspired salad. The sweet, bright flavors sing summer.
Editor's Tip: Want a smokier salad? Grill the corn first.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Olive Dressing
Not all salads start with lettuce. Our Mediterranean-inspired salad is perfect for a filling lunch or light dinner. We loved the dressing so much, we had it for dinner the next day spooned over grilled chicken.
Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Cilantro Pesto
We've got dinner covered. Our juicy pork chops are topped with brown sugar and chili powder, then pan-seared to caramelized perfection. Temper the sweet, spicy heat with a zippy cilantro pesto.
Escape the heat with this refreshing summer spritzer. Lillet, a light, fruity French wine, and bubbly Prosecco make the perfect summer sipper. Garnish your glass with fresh citrus fruit and mint.
Creamy Sweet Potato Salad
We've reinvented potato salad, and you'll love the results. Our ultra-creamy sweet potato version gets tang from Greek yogurt and subtle heat from peppadew peppers.
Easy Summer Side: Sweet Potato Salad
See our potluck-perfect sweet potato salad come together! Plus, get our secret for ultra-flavorful potatoes.
Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies
A perfect pairing of savory and sweet, these buttery shortbread cookies have an unexpected twist. Fresh thyme, lemon, and honey bring delicate flavor while cornmeal adds texture.
Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Biscuits
This quick weeknight-meal soup tastes like its been slow-simmered all day. Adding corncobs to the broth infuses the soup with a deep, intense corn flavor.
Editor's Tip: Not a fan of cheddar cheese? Try Swiss or Parmesan in the biscuits.
Citrus Olive Oil Shortcake
Play up the fruitiness of extra virgin olive oil with sweet, citrusy oranges. Perfect for slicing and sharing, this elegant shortcake is layered with the most decadent mascarpone cream.
Edamame Quinoa Salad
A bright mix of cilantro and lime gives this edamame-studded quinoa salad a fresh, tangy flavor. We love it served with grilled chicken, fish, or pork.
Editor's Tip: Both edamame and quinoa are packed with protein, which means this healthy salad will keep you full and satisfied.
Rose Cucumber Cooler
Our sweet and refreshing rose cooler is a must-have for your next summer party. Delicate St. Germain and sweet rose wine perfectly complement cooling cucumber slices.
Dill Steak and Potato Kabobs
Skewer up a classic steak-and-potato dinner! A dill-seed dry rub gives the skewers an earthy, grassy flavor. We love them served with ranch dressing.
Crunchy almonds and nutty spelt flour make a rustic, crumbly cake, perfect for sopping up juicy apricots. Finish the bowl with a generous dollop of mascarpone whipped cream.
Spinach and Chile Salmon Cakes
Spice up your salmon dinner! Our chile-laced salmon cakes pack a punch of fiery Sriracha in every bite. Serve them over spinach for a light yet ultra-flavorful meal.
Creamed Spinach Bake
Transform classic creamed spinach into an airy, dinner-worthy dish. We've kept all the delicious creaminess but lightened it up with whipped egg whites and fresh herbs.
Green Beans and Olives
Fresh green beans get all dolled up in this simple summer side. Crunchy celery and tangy olives pair perfectly with the tender beans.
Sweet tomatoes (two kinds!) pack a flavor punch in this fresh condiment. We love it on everything from scrambled eggs to sandwiches.
Summer Storm Cocktail
It's no secret we love cocktails. This playful riff on a classic dark and stormy is the perfect toast to summer. Your guests will love each gingery sip.
Chicken and Spinach Dumplings
Melt-in-your-mouth ricotta and spinach dumplings have become our go-to warm-weather comfort food. You'll love the bright, fresh flavor of zesty lemon peel and sharp Asiago cheese.
Pickled Sweet Peppers
Keep a bottle of our sweet pickled peppers in the fridge -- you'll be putting them on everything. The addictive spicy-sweet crunch kept us coming back for more.
Add a cool, crunchy twist to your next bowl of guacamole. Simply stir in chopped seedless cucumbers for a refreshing riff on everyone's favorite dip.
Lemon Thyme-Peach Lemonade
Slightly tart and super refreshing, lemon thyme gives this lemonade sophisticated flair. We keep it sweet with fresh peaches and peach nectar.