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Better Homes and Gardens March 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

12 min
the kitchen cookbook

RECIPES FROM PAGES 102–107 THE MIGHTY MUSHROOM MUSHROOM SALAD WITH SOY VINAIGRETTE If you’d like, substitute button for the cremini or toss in some stemmed shiitakes for a smokier flavor. TOTAL TIME 15 min. 1 large fresh red Thai chile¼ cup fresh lemon juice1 small shallot, minced3 Tbsp. canola oil2 Tbsp. soy sauce1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil1 lb. fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced, and/or enoki mushrooms, trimmed and broken into small clusters4 cups watercress and/or baby arugula2 radishes, thinly sliced1 tsp. sesame seeds 1. Mince 1 tsp. chile from the whole chile; slice remaining. In a large bowl whisk together lemon juice, minced chile, shallot, canola oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a pinch each salt and black pepper. Gently fold in mushrooms to coat. 2. Divide greens and radishes among serving plates. Spoon mushroom mixture over greens.…

2 min
growing a view


2 min
 inside the mind of a dog

WHEN YOUR DOG YAWNS Though yawning can indicate boredom or fatigue, it can also be a sign of stress, especially if she’s in an unfamiliar setting. “A yawn has a physiological function in preparing a dog for action. When a dog opens her mouth and inhales deeply, it gives her extra oxygen in case she needs to run or move quickly,” says Nicholas Dodman, B.V.M.S., research coordinator for the Center for Canine Behavior Studies in Salisbury, CT. If your dog yawns, especially several times in a row interspersed with licking her lips, try to calm her by talking to her, petting her, or removing her from the situation. WHEN YOUR DOG WAGS HER TAIL Wagging can mean your dog is excited or happy; it can also signal fear or mistrust. One way to…

3 min
game on

JOHN DERIAN LOVES GAMES. HE GREW UP ON SCRABBLE, RUMMY 500, WHIST, AND YAHTZEE. HE’S BEEN HOSTING GAME NIGHTS FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS, AND THE FUN NEVER GETS OLD. On the patio behind his store in New York City’s Lower East Side, where the designer and decoupage artist sells his vintage-inspired accessories, John’s get-togethers, which he hosts every couple of months, are decidedly low stakes. No high-dollar poker bets or backstabbing here, just a fun way to hang out with friends, John says. Lately scoring has even fallen by the wayside. Game night starts with dinner at 7, either something simple John has cooked or takeout from his favorite Italian restaurant. Over dinner, the four to 12 players warm up with celebrity (a game like charades) or Peter Coddle’s Trip to…

1 min
gen z yellow

As an accent color, bold primary yellow brightens without overwhelming a room. “It’s a strong color, so small doses go a long way,” Thomas says. She suggests painting one wall, a door, or molding and then grounding it with a pure white like Behr’s Polar Bear. To find the most vibrant yellow, pick midway down the paint chip. These typically haven’t been lightened with white or darkened with black or gray. For allover coverage, consider a wallpaper pattern that has an equal amount of white space to tame the yellow. Thomas says touches of black in accessories or artwork make the room more sophisticated. And when it comes to strong yellows, it’s crucial to consider the light: Yellow looks best in rooms flooded with sunlight. PURE YELLOW GET THE LOOK PHOTOS: (LIVING AREA)…

2 min
how to grow

For tips, we tapped Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, author of two books on houseplants (including Grow in the Dark, due out in May). SOIL To set up new houseplants for success, Steinkopf repots them in a mix containing a third each potting soil, vermiculite, and perlite (to help with drainage). Fertilizer is optional, but if you want plants to grow vigorously, feed at quarter or eighth strength each time you water during the growing season (typically March to September). LIGHT If the tag indicates the plant needs bright light, put it near a south- or west-facing window. For low light, place plants by an eastern or northern window. Some bright-light plants do fine at an eastern exposure, but if they start to lean toward the window, it’s a sign they need more light. WATER Needs vary as…