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Better Homes and Gardens July 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

13 min
the kitchen cookbook

RECIPES FROM PAGES 84–91 FOURTH OF JULY BLOWOUT MARINATED VEGGIE-ORZO SALAD HANDS-ON TIME 15 min. TOTAL TIME 15 MIN. 1 cup dried orzo pasta½ cup olive oil2 lemons½ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, basil, mint, and/or chives1 medium cucumber, coarsely chopped8 oz. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces1½ cups small cauliflower florets1 cup radishes, quartered½ cup chopped red onion Crumbled feta cheese 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain again. Place in a large bowl. Toss with 2 Tbsp. of the oil. Chill, covered, up to 24 hours. 2. Meanwhile, remove zest from one lemon. Juice both lemons. In a large bowl whisk together lemon zest and juice, remaining oil, ¾ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. black pepper, and half the herbs. (Wrap and chill remaining herbs…

4 min
fourth of july blowout

SIDE DISHES Potato chips dunked in garlicky dip have met their match in our crispy potato salad with roasted garlic. (Plus, the salad’s oil-and-lemon juice dressing means you avoid spoilage-prone mayo.) Bloated, soggy noodles have given pasta salads a bad rep. The fix: Toss cooked orzo in a few tablespoons of olive oil to prevent the pasta from soaking up the dressing. This means you can make the marinated-veggie version up to 24 hours before party time. TAKE IT OUTSIDE A disposable bamboo tray topped with a sheet of parchment deli paper corrals main, sides, dessert, and utensils. Sitting in a lawn chair and eating off your lap just got so much easier. POP GARLAND Inspired by layered Bomb Pop treats, this paper garland starts with materials destined for the recycling bin: Cardboard toilet paper…

2 min
editor’s letter

MUCH ADO The previous editor in chief of this magazine, Gayle Butler, gave me some wise advice when I took over in the role. She told me how she kept a fix-it list of all the issues she was trying to remedy as a way to handle the stress of managing a large organization. Once you see problems spelled out, they merely become items waiting to be solved. From my first day at BH&G, I’ve done the same thing. I keep the list in my head, not because I have some sort of genius memory, but because I find that during the day my brain tends to naturally reorganize things by what is relatively important at any given time. I prefer my concerns to mentally shift and recalibrate instead of having them…

4 min
a grown-up play space

Lawn is overrated, if you ask interior and landscape designer Emily Janson. She’d much rather her yard feel like a swanky courtyard. Once her kids went off to college, she decided to finally ditch the kiddie playhouse and design the yard of her dreams, complete with a lounge, a dining room, and a fountain evoking European gardens. The project became a grand DIY that she and her husband, Skip, tackled with help from YouTube videos galore and kind souls at the local hardware store. “It was exciting to challenge ourselves to learn new things at this stage of our lives,” says Emily, who mapped out the space using spray paint on dirt they leveled and packed with a rented roller. Soon she found herself mortaring brick and hauling gravel home…

4 min
southern comforts

elizabeth and Whit Brown’s home in Florence, Alabama, is full of surprises. Towering columns and a porch outfitted with white wicker are textbook Southern Colonial. But inside is an unexpected and personal mix of old and new, traditional and modern. The biggest surprise is the fact that they pulled off this makeover entirely themselves. They bought the house (sight unseen for Whit) knowing it would be a massive slow-and-steady project. Over three years, they scraped wallpaper, wired light fixtures, tiled floors and backsplashes, spruced up kitchen cabinets, scraped more wallpaper, and pulled out yards and yards of pink and blue carpet. Elizabeth hunted through secondhand shops for most of their furniture, and Whit built the rest, including their dining room table and kitchen island. When it came to decorating, Elizabeth didn’t let…

3 min
fast & fresh

CREAMY PASTA WITH ASPARAGUS & SMOKED FISH This five-ingredient pasta gets its intense flavor from the smoked fish. Another night, toss the fish into a salad with shaved fennel, cucumber, and dill, or top avocado toast with it, sliced radishes, and chopped green onions. HANDS-ON TIME 15 min. TOTAL TIME 30 min. SMOKED FISH 4 to 6 oz., such as trout or salmon, skin removed and flaked into pieces 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. 2. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup cooking liquid. Add cream to pasta pot. Bring to boiling. Add asparagus, ¼ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes or until asparagus is bright green. Add pasta and fish. Heat through. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Add cooking liquid until sauce reaches desired consistency.…