June 2020 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes

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Cream Pie Whoopie Pies
Photo: Blaine Moats

On a perfect early-summer evening, there's no happier place to eat a meal than on a deck or patio or in a park. Let our recipes from the June 2020 issue of Better Homes & Gardens® magazine inspire your next outdoor meal. Fire up the grill for an easy weeknight dinner, pack a picnic for the family, or plan a menu around all the best ingredients from your garden.

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Pack-and-Go Hoagies

Pack-and-Go Hoagies
Blaine Moats

The simplicity of sandwiches makes them our picnic top pick, and these go beyond basic in flavor. To max out on fillings, slice Italian-style baguettes lengthwise, leaving one edge attached, then hollow out the center. Choose from our Vietnamese-style bahn mi or caprese steak sandwiches.

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Cream Pie Whoopie Pies

Cream Pie Whoopie Pies
Blaine Moats

Fancier than plain cookies and easier to tote than cupcakes, whoopie pies elevate any picnic or backyard cookout. We pushed this handheld dessert a step further with mix-and-match flavors inspired by our favorite diner cream pies: Strawberry Cream, Banana Cream, Double Chocolate, and Lemon Cream. How will you ever choose?!

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Three-Bean Salad with Tahini-Lime Dressing

Three-Bean Salad with Tahini-Lime Dressing
Blaine Moats

Our three-bean salad is a summer-focused refresh of classic bean salad. It travels well and tastes best made ahead, so it's picnic perfect. Even after dressing, the salad will hold up to 24 hours. Tote in an insulated container to keep the salad at its freshest. In season green beans, corn, and cilantro mix with edamame and garbanzo beans (or any other canned beans you like).

Buy It: Thermos Steel Food Jar, $14.99, Target

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Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Tarragon Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Tarragon Sauce
Carson Downing

Get that gorgeous blueberry sauce simmering on the stove, then move outside to get perfectly seasoned, tender chicken thighs on the grill for smoky flavor. Serve the combo with fresh zucchini noodles for an all-in-one dinner that proves grilling is for more than burgers and brats.

Buy It: Char-Broil Gas Grill, $239.99, Target

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Beef Kabobs with Corn and Orzo Salad

Beef Kabobs with Corn and Orzo Salad
Carson Downing

This skewer and salad combo is like a deconstructed steak taco without the tortilla. Without the limitations of tortilla size, you can pile the veggies as high as you want. As always, if you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water 30 minutes before building your kabobs so they don't burn.

Buy It: Bradshaw Wooden Skewers, $4.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

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Grilled Eggplant Tartines

Grilled Eggplant Tartines
Carson Downing

Tartine is a fancy word for open-face sandwich, and these tartines are a delicious combination of eggplant Parmesan, bruschetta, and caprese. It's all of our favorite summer dishes in one 25-minute grilled dinner.

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Spanish Gin Tonic

Spanish Gin Tonic
Victoria Pearson

Give the simple G&T cocktail recipe a garden-inspired upgrade with the Spanish variation featuring ample fresh herbs. The cocktail is traditionally served in a balloon glass so you can appreciate the herbal aromas from the first sip.

Buy It: Riedel Gin Glasses, $69.99, Target

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Focaccia with Herb Oil

Focaccia with Herb Oil
Victoria Pearson

If you don't have time to bake traditional focaccia (let alone the amazing focaccia art trend), this recipe that starts with purchased pizza dough is your recipe. Score the top of the dough, then sprinkle with olives and herbs for an app that looks made from scratch.

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Baked Goat Cheese with Herb Oil

Baked Goat Cheese with Herb Oil
Victoria Pearson

For a summery take on bubbly baked cheese, finish a silky chèvre and cream cheese mixture with a drizzle of vibrant herb oil (made from blending blanched fresh herbs with avocado oil).

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Shrimp Skewers with Aji Verde

Shrimp Skewers with Aji Verde
Victoria Pearson

Don't let the words aji verde stop you from trying this recipe. Aji verde is simply a mildly spicy Peruvian sauce made from chiles, parsley, and cilantro. Whipped together in a food processor, the speedy accompaniment for these grilled shrimp skewers also has a bit of sour cream for tang.

Buy It: KitchenAid Food Processor, $99.99, KitchenAid

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Strawberry-Mint Lemonade

Strawberry-Mint Lemonade
Victoria Pearson

A homemade simple syrup infused with mint and berries elevates lemonade from kid drink to sophisticated sipper. It's a nonalcoholic drink we'll happily make on repeat all summer. Serve in a clear pitcher to show off the fresh fruits and herbs.

Buy It: DuraClear Pitcher, $31.96, Williams Sonoma

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Crispy White Beans with Garlic and Herbs

Crispy White Beans with Garlic and Herbs
Victoria Pearson

Canned beans prove they can go beyond casseroles and potluck side dishes in this crunchy, herb-flavored snack. Toss the beans in oil, herbs, and salt, then roast them for a poppable snack you won't be able to stop munching.

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Warm Potato Chips with Parmesan and Herbs

Warm Potato Chips with Parmesan and Herbs
Victoria Pearson

Only have plain ol' potato chips in the pantry? Think again! Transform a bag of kettle-cooked chips into an irresistible appetizer with a sprinkle of Parmesan, sage, chives, and lemon zest and a few minutes in the oven.

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