Better Homes & Gardens November 2014 Recipes

Chipotle Turkey Chili
The newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens offer inventive twists on classic Thanksgiving fare for a thoroughly modern dinner. Each big-batch recipe has make-ahead tips for stress-free entertaining. We've also got irresistible pumpkin desserts, homemade food gifts, and light-and-easy salad recipes.

Pumpkin season has arrived and it's delicious! Blogger Joy the Baker transforms the canned good into decadent desserts, perfect for sharing.


Plus, we've got the easiest make-ahead Thanksgiving menu, edible gifts, a salad shake-up, and fast weeknight dinners.

Dark Chocolate- and Pumpkin-Swirl Cake

Pumpkin or chocolate? This rich cake brings together the best of both worlds. With plenty of chocolatey goodness and pumpkin spice, it's decadent dessert bliss.

Creamy Pumpkin Butter Sandwich Cookies

These cute pumpkin sandwich cookies are filled with creamy pumpkin butter and dunked in rich chocolate -- perfect for adults and kids alike!

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping

This perfect pumpkin pie gets topped with a rich pecan praline sauce, one editor to raved, "It's the best pumpkin pie I've ever had."

Editor's Tip: Don't skip the fresh cranberries in the topping. They add festive color and flavor!

Salted Pumpkin Caramel Thumbprints

Buttery thumbprint cookies are filled with luscious pumpkin caramel for an addictive holiday treat. A sprinkling of flaked sea salt adds the finishing touch.

Editor's Tip: This caramel is foolproof! No need for a candy thermometer: just follow a few key pointers.

Gooey Pumpkin Cake

This not-too-sweet cake is finished with a rich pumpkin topping. Like a molten chocolate cake, the best part is the gooey center!

Pumpkin Bars with Marcona Almonds

Pumpkin lovers rejoice! These potluck-perfect bars are made for sharing. Don't forget to serve them with whipped cream and maple syrup.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

There's no need to buy pumpkin pie spice when it's so easy to whip up yourself. Make a big batch and use it all season.

Take the stress out of your Thankgiving feast with these tried and true family recipes from Faith Durand, editor of

Maple-Sage Turkey

Bring a subtle sweetness to this year's turkey with a tenderizing dry brine and a citrusy maple glaze. It couldn't be any easier! As the turkey thaws, it's infused with herby sage.


Cream Cheese Mashers with Kale Pesto

A decadent trio of butter, cream, and cream cheese ensures these dreamy potatoes are extra indulgent. Balance the richness with a swirl of tangy kale pesto.

Lemon-Rosemary Potato Rolls

A slathering of rosemary-lemon butter makes these rich rolls irresistible. Indulge stress-free: They can be made up to one month ahead.

Garlic-Rosemary Dressing

A rustic blend of white and wheat bread gives classic dressing new texture and flavor. Add a pop of color and flavor with bright, fresh cranberries.

Tart Cherry-Cranberry Relish

Cranberry sauce is so much more than a canned condiment. Add an extra-delicious layer of flavor to classic cranberry relish with tart dried cherries.

Savory Collard Greens

Plenty of cubed pancetta gives our collards a rich, meaty flavor. We like ours finished with a splash of vinegar, in true Southern style.

Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Fritters

Reimagine your sweet potato side with these irresistibly crunchy fritters. This finger food strikes a perfect balance between savory and sweet.

Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad

Add subtle sweetness to hearty lentils with roasted carrots and fennel. This make-ahead salad is served at room temperature, freeing up much-needed stove space on Thanksgiving day.

Cranberry Cider Sangria

Make this punch a few days ahead for the sweetest fruit flavor. We've kept the base nonalcoholic but we love it with a splash of brandy, too.

Maple Panna Cotta

Give your oven a rest. With no baking or thawing required, this effortless sweet is all indulgence.

Test Kitchen Tip: This dessert can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Give the gift of deliciousness this holiday season. From honey soaked nuts to spicy candied ginger, these merry treats are perfect for DIY gifting.

Everything Cracker Crisps

The classic bagel flavor you love is reimagined as an ultracrispy cracker. Perfect for a quick snack, we've been dipping them into hummus, chili, and tomato soup!

Candied Ginger

A little spicy and a lot sweet, our candied ginger adds zing to cookies, tea, and more. Its sweet yet potent flavor is also good for settling an upset stomach.

Spiced Bourbon Cherries

These tipsy cherries are spiked with bourbon, vanilla, and cayenne pepper. We love them in boozy baking, dropped in cocktails, or right from the jar.

Herbed Nuts in Honey

The floral sweetness of honey pairs well with salted mixed nuts. We added a sprinkle of marjoram and black pepper; you'll have a delicious topper for sheep's milk cheese or yogurt.

Toasted Seasoning Salt

Toasting salt in a skillet imparts smoky flavor and aroma to our giftworthy seasoning blend. We're partial to the spicy version that's spiked with cayenne pepper.

Sweet Maple Mustard

Move over, honey mustard -- we've only got eyes for maple. Sweet but with plenty of heat, this go-to condiment couldn't be easier to make, thanks to a microwave cooking technique.

Spiced Ketchup

Homemade ketchup puts the bottled stuff to shame. Our spiced version is perfect for the season with the cozy flavors of clove, allspice, and cinnamon.

Vanilla-Jalapeno Syrup

Our bottled syrup is ideal for adding sweet heat to cocktails. Try it in hot chocolate, martinis, and mudslides. Plus, get a bonus recipe for Pomegrante-Rosemary Syrup.

If you've got a bag of mixed greens in your fridge, then you've got the start to six sensational salads. From inventive pairings like pear and cheddar to fall classics like butternut squash, these green salads are anything but ordinary.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Give your greens a seasonal treatment with roasted butternut squash, sage, and pepitas. It's the ultimate trifecta of fall flavors.

Bacon-Cheddar-Pear Salad

Bacon, cheddar, and pear? This unlikely trio works together beautifully: rich cheese, salty bacon, and sweet pears.

Citrus and Smoked Almond Salad

Add an extra layer of flavor to salads with smoked almonds. They work well with the bright flavors of citrus and pomegranate.

Beet and Lentil Salad

Beautiful red and gold beets add gorgeous color to this fall salad. Hearty lentils make it a meal.

Avocado and Roasted Carrot Salad

Sweet roasted carrots pair beautifully with a rich avocado dressing. For extra texture, finish the salad with sliced avocado, green onions, and crumbly queso fresco.

Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad

Thinly shaving fennel and celery brings out their natural sweetness. Plenty of Parmesan cheese and pepper keeps this salad savory.

We've got dinner tonight covered! Your family will love enchiladas (with a serving of veggies!), smoky chili, and seared salmon.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato Pesto

A blend of fresh and dried tomatoes ensures this pesto is packed with flavor and texture. We like ours served with pepperoncini peppers for heat.

Test Kitchen Tip: For extra-crispy fish, pat your salmon dry with paper towels before hitting the heat. This tip works with any protein you're searing.

Pork and Squash Enchiladas

These cool-weather enchiladas are stuffed with pork tenderloin and in-season squash. Picky eaters in your family? They'll never guess there's a secret serving of veggies!

Chipotle Turkey Chili

Chipotle peppers are smoked and dried jalapenos. Look for the ones packed in adobo sauce, which adds subtle smokiness to this lightened-up chili recipe.

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