Better Homes and Gardens was actually a surprise choice for me as a Magazine of the Month selection (I really do surprise myself sometimes)! I always associated BHG as being an ‘old’ magazine => it has been around for like forever and it is something that I have a fond memory of my grandmother reading. But BHG has of course grown and changed with the times and actually has some great recipes, fun and economical decorating and craft ideas, cooking and cleaning tips, as well as gardening advice (snooze for me). I thoroughly enjoyed this magazine selection and as a side note love all the BHG home products at Walmart.
Here is the run down on the BGH magazine:
Every single recipe in this magazine has a color photo to accompany it!
Prep Time, Cooking Time, and Number of Servings listed: In consistent
This was actually kind of my only complaint. Some of the recipes state “Start to finish: (time)” and some say “Prep and Cook Time” and others don’t have any of this information. All of the recipes do have number of servings listed, but at the very bottom of the recipe and not the top so sometimes it was hard to search for. One plus though, is that all recipes have nutritional information which can be hard to find.
Clear, easy to follow directions and ease of preparation: yes
All of the recipes are family friendly. So the directions and prep are for beginner to medium skilled cooks.
Variety of recipes: yes
One thing that I love about BHG is that they have all kinds of recipes. From your standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner to fun holiday foods!
Easily available ingredients and budget friendly: yes
Again, since all of the recipes are family friendly and so there are really no crazy ingredients. In fact, they even have a special feature in each issue called, “Delicious on a Dollar” a recipe for a meal that serves four people for a dollar per serving.
Since this is not just a recipe magazine you get all the extra features like decorating, fashion, gardening, and entertaining tips as well as tasty family friendly recipes. I love that the nutritional information is included and each month they share a few recipes submitted by users that were tested and approved in the BHG test kitchens.
Cost: $3.99 per issue or $5.00-12.00 for one year subscription (12 issues)
So in case you missed them, here are the recipes I featured.