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Better Homes and Gardens July 2018

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
the more the merrier

These days, when Deborah Bowman anticipates a bevy of weekend guests at her house outside of Calistoga, CA, she’s coolheaded and relaxed. That wasn’t always the case. She and her husband, Robert Riccardi, used to spend days shopping for and prepping food. “After years of trying to do everything, we’ve come to realize that we don’t need to put so much pressure on ourselves,” Deborah says. “It’s more relaxing and fun to let guests help with, or even take over, an entire meal. And they’re happy to do it!” That laid-back approach carries over into all aspects of weekends at their home, which has the feel of an adult summer camp. There are bikes for getting to nearby vineyards, hammocks for napping, and badminton rackets for afternoon matches. In the evening,…

3 min
burger bash

There’s only one thing separating an ordinary burger from an extraordinary one,” Chevalo Wilsondebriano says. “It’s got to be juicy to be unforgettable.” Chevalo should know. He and his wife, Monique, built their booming food business, Charleston Gourmet Burger Co., around a simple technique they believe delivers the juiciest hamburgers: marinating the ground beef. After years of impressing friends and family with their signature burgers at cookouts, the couple bottled their secret: an all-natural meat marinade now sold in grocery stores around the country and on QVC. “Every single bite should be a wow, and there’s only one way to make that happen,” Monique says. “You can’t brush a sauce on the top of a patty and expect that to do it. You have to work the marinade into the meat…

4 min

SPECIAL! NO-COOK RECIPES TAHINI ½ cup GARLIC 1 clove, minced LEMON JUICE 2 Tbsp. MIXED HERBS 2 cups parsley, mint, and/or cilantro CHICKPEAS two 15-oz. cans, rinsed and drained CUMIN ½ tsp. CHERRY TOMATOES 1 pt., halved CUCUMBER 1 medium, sliced GREEN ONIONS 6, sliced FLATBREAD 6 CHICKPEA-HERB FLATBREADS The base of this flatbread dish is a chunky spin on hummus, made with chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon, cumin, and lots of herbs. START TO FINISH 20 min. 1. For sauce: In a small bowl whisk together tahini, ⅓ cup water, and the garlic until smooth. Set aside 2 Tbsp. Stir lemon juice and ⅛ tsp. salt into remaining sauce. Thin to drizzling consistency with water, if necessary. 2. In a food processor combine 1½ cups herbs and reserved 2 Tbsp. sauce. Pulse until finely chopped. Add chickpeas, cumin, and ½ tsp. salt; pulse to…

11 min
the kitchen cookbook

RECIPES FROM PAGES 114–115 CHERRIES JUBILEE DOUBLE-CRUST CHERRY PIE HANDS-ON TIME 55 min. TOTAL TIME 2 hr. 10 min. 6 cups fresh pitted tart red cherries or two 12-oz. pkg. frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling3 Tbsp. cornstarch Pastry for Double-Crust Pie (below) Milk 1. For fresh cherries, catch the juices as you pit them. (During our testing, we didn’t get much juice from fresh cherries. But if yours are extra-juicy, use up to ¼ cup. It’s fine if you have little or no juice.) If using frozen cherries, thaw and reserve ¼ cup juice. In an extra-large bowl stir together sugar and cornstarch. Add cherries and reserved juice; toss. 2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare pas try. On a lightly floured surface, roll one pastry ball from center to edges…

1 min

WHAT’S TRENDING ON BHG.COM 1 BOOST CURB APPEAL Transform your home into the most eye-catching one on the block with tips from BHG.com/HomeRefresh. 2 CHEERS TO SUMMER We’ve collected some of our favorite refreshing cocktails for patio season. Try one from BHG.com/EatThisNow. 3 HAPPY FOURTH Get ready to throw the best Independence Day party with crafts, food, and entertaining ideas at BHG.com/Celebrate. [SWEEPSTAKES] Win $10,000 Enter at BHG.com/10kHome for a chance to win $10,000 for your dream home. Details on page 120. [GET SOCIAL] BH&G CELEBRATE A go-to recipe makes summer gatherings easier, says Serena Burns of @serenabakessimply fromscratch, who frequently tosses together this favorite Mediterranean pasta salad. “The only downside is I never seem to make enough to have leftovers,” she says. What’s your go-to summertime recipe or entertaining tip? Share your Instagram photos and tag them #BHGCelebrate for a chance…

1 min
i did it!

“I WAS INSPIRED BY THE BLACK-AND-WHITE TILE TREND I’VE BEEN SEEING IN KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS.”ASHLEY BASNIGHT Cement tiles in graphic patterns are making a splash on floors and walls. Ashley Basnight of Norman, OK, translated this trend into something that’s inexpensive, mobile, and easy to change if she tires of the look. Ashley, who writes the blog Handmade Haven, painted a piece of plywood to look like tiles, trimmed it, and outfitted it with hairpin legs, all for about $65. She sized the coffee table top based on the stencil dimensions (8×8 inches) so the final design would have 12 complete “tiles.” Turn the page for the how-to and three more patterns. HERO TOOL Wooster Bristle Stencil Brush, $13; homedepot.com USED FOR Painting with a stencil. WHY Because its flat-end bristles keep paint from getting under the stencil.…