Better Homes & Gardens October 2011 Recipes

Chocolate-Sesame Cookies
Check out our newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: quick dinners, sweet potato recipes, new twists on chili, and more!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin, sage, and walnuts put a cozy fall spin on everyone's favorite macaroni and cheese.

Beef and Bean Chili

A generous handful of corn chips is the crunchy accent on this classic family-style chili. We've updated the method: It takes only 10 minutes to simmer and blend flavors of beef, onions, tomato, jalapeno chiles, and beans.

Two Tomato Stew Chili

This beef chili packs a two-tomato wallop with both dried and canned tomatoes. Crushed red pepper adds bite, balanced by mild and sweet red and green chiles. Golden raisins are another element of surprise.

Texas Red Chili

To tempt the serious chili-head, this recipe is all meat, no means. It's a mix of lean ground beef and thick-cut bacon simmered in garlic-laden broth. Just before serving, top with cheddar slices.

Hominy and Chorizo Chili

With fresh Southwest flavor, this chili is made with spicy chorizo. Carrots, peppers, and grape tomatoes bring a lighter touch. Corn hominy is a tasty stand-in for beans.

Game Day Chili

Dried plums sweeten and thicken the mix while balancing the spiciness in this all-time favorite recipe.

Spicy White Chili

To make this soup budget-friendly and hearty, opt for turkey. A pinch of cayenne delivers mild heat, while shredded Monterrey jack and sour cream enrich the white-bean broth.

Vegetarian Green Chili

Cilantro, spinach, Edamame, and green onions send a healthy message, while sparking fresh flavor. A jar of salsa verde is a timesaving substitute that makes this chili unique.

Harvest Chili

Cayenne and chili powder add heat to the mix of chicken-apple sausage, butternut squash, and Granny Smith apples. Ladle it onto a bed of polenta for a satisfying one-dish dinner.

Roasted Sweets & Greens

These simple and satisfying roasted wedges are seasoned with garlic and paired with crunchy hazelnuts, then finished as they come out of the oven with a handful of peppery arugula and splash of vinegar.

Cumin-Rubbed Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Sweet potato skins become crisp and flavorful when rubbed with coarse salt and cumin before baking. Dollops of butter spiked with maple syrup and crushed red pepper melt into the fluffy centers for a luscious spicy-sweet taste.

Candied Sweet Potato Pie

A classic sweet side becomes a full-fledged dessert. Sweet potatoes are browned in butter and sugar, then baked in a flaky pecan crust with lemon zest.

Pork Chops, Apples & Greens

Top crispy pork chops with apples, spinach, and a quick pan-gravy of honey, mustard, and vinegar.

Meatball & Vegetable Kabobs

Thread Italian-style meatballs, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers, and then grill or broil for a super easy dinner or satisfying appetizer idea.

Autumn Couscous Bowl

This quick dinner recipe is brimming with fall flavors -- butternut squash, cauliflower, and thyme.

Smoky Chicken Pizzas

Individual-size pizza crusts or flatbreads are the key to this quick and easy recipe. Top these mouthwatering pizzas with shredded chicken, red onion, mozzarella, and arugula.

Cajun Snapper with Red Beans & Rice

Frankfurters are a tasty addition to this spicy red beans and rice. Top with a flavorful filet of pan-fried snapper.

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

This fresh appetizer combines two Mexican-restaurant favorites and only costs 43 cents per serving.

Chocolate-Sesame Cookies

Sesame seeds are an unexpected pairing for chocolate, but they add terrific crunch to these chewy cookies.

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