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Prepare for Summer With These Magazines

With summer just a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about planting gardens, planning family vacations, and perfecting the world’s best barbecue recipes. Here are several summer activities that you and your family won’t want to miss:

1.) Grilling & Barbecuing

iStock_000019533171SmallDid you know that May is National Barbecue Month? According to a poll conducted by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, 64% of adults believe that a barbecue is the ideal way to spend time with family and friends. And 36% of adults associate barbecues with family tradition. Barbecuing is a favorite pastime for many Americans. It’s a relaxing way to enjoy quality time with friends while sharing a delicious meal. And a majority of adults polled preferred barbecuing to eating out.

“Outdoor cooking is a very popular pastime that unites friends and family with great tasting food that’s easy and affordable,” said Leslie Wheeler, HPBA Director of Communications. “Whether it’s a weekday family meal on the grill or a weekend barbecue, outdoor cooking can make preparing the meal just as easy and relaxing as enjoying the delicious food with others.” If you want to try out some great barbecue recipes, be sure to pick up a copy of one of our cooking magazines. For a wide array of trustworthy recipes, subscribe to Food Network magazine. With recipes ranging from Kansas City-style barbecue sauce to Pineapple-Ginger ribs, the magazine offers limitless options regardless of your palate. For homestyle ribs, pick up a copy of Taste of Home magazine. The simple, down-to-earth cooking will ensure you can prepare mouthwatering dishes without a lot of fuss.

2.) Baseball

baseballWhether you’re going to a Major League game or watching your grandchild play baseball, baseball is the perfect way to take advantage of the beautiful, breezy summer weather. For many Americans, summer wouldn’t be complete without concession stand hotdogs, sunflower seeds, and warm evenings spent at the baseball park. If you want to keep up with what’s happening in the world of baseball, consider subscribing to Sports Illustrated or ESPN. The sports magazines will keep you informed on the latest statistics, details, and game recaps.

3.) Gardening

gardenAre you thinking about planting a garden this summer? According to the National Gardening Association, planting a garden will reap many benefits. First, planting a garden enables individuals to eat healthier foods. If you plant a garden, you can enjoy fresh produce all summer long instead of buying it from the store. Additionally, planting a garden helps you practice practice environmental stewardship. And finally, it is a fun and rewarding activity. If you need some help planting the perfect garden, subscribe to one of our gardening magazines. They’re filled with helpful suggestions and tips that you won’t want to miss.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are you planning a festive Cinco de Mayo party for your family and friends? If so, here are a few tried-and-true recipe ideas they’re sure to love!

1.) Guacamole

guacamole-pico-de-gallo_300No Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without guacamole and chips! Serve heaping bowls of salsa alongside this guacamole recipe from Real Simple:

  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
  1. In a large bowl, combine the onion, jalapeño, cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using the back of a fork, mash the vegetables until they begin to release their juices.
  2. Add the avocados and lime juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

2.) Pork Tacos

Soft Taco - Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera This slow cooker recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare, but the flavorful meat will make your guests think you fussed. You can easily prepare the meat a day or two in advance and refrigerate it until your party. Create a buffet with meat, tortillas, and toppings so that guests can choose what they want on their tacos.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 16 6-inch corn tortillas
  • sour cream, salsa, sliced radishes, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges, for serving
  1. Heat the oil in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the pork with the oregano, cumin, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Add the pork to the Dutch oven and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and cayenne to the Dutch oven and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return the pork to the Dutch oven and add the broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the pork is very tender and shreds easily, 1½ to 1¾ hours.
  3. Transfer the pork to a medium bowl and, using 2 forks, shred the meat; return it to the Dutch oven and stir into the cooking liquid. (Alternatively, the pork can be made in a slow cooker: Combine the pork, oregano, cumin, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, onion, garlic, and cayenne in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add ½ cup broth and cook until very tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.)
  4. Twenty minutes before serving, heat oven to 350° F. Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake until warm, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve the pork with the tortillas, sour cream, salsa, radishes, cilantro, and lime wedges.

3.) Margaritas

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If you’re looking for authentic margarita recipes, peruse a copy of Saveur magazine. For a  traditional recipe, try this lime margarita from Real Simple. You can create fun variations by  adding strawberries to the recipe or serving frozen margaritas.

  •  3/4 cup tequila
  •  1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 4-6 limes)
  •  1/2 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  •  1 lime, sliced
  •  kosher salt (optional)
  1.    In a medium pitcher, combine the tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. If desired, rub the rims of 4 glasses with a lime slice and dip in salt to coat. Serve the margaritas in the prepared glasses over ice and garnish with the lime slices.

 

 

4.) Dessert

SONY DSCIf you’re feeling adventurous, try making the Pinata Cake featured in the May 2014 edition of Food Network. For something easier, you can make this sopapilla recipe from Taste of Home. The light, airy fried pastries are perfect served with confectioners sugar or honey, but they’re also delicious on their own.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • Oil for deep fat frying
  • Honey and confectioners’ sugar, optional
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a loose ball forms (dough will be crumbly).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 3 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Cut into 12 squares with a knife or cut into 12 circles using a round biscuit cutter.
  3. In a deep-fat fryer, heat 2 in. of oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas for 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep warm. Serve with honey and/or dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
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Magazines for Mother’s Day

Reading togetherTrying to find a special Mother’s Day gift for your mom? Why not consider giving her a gift that will last all year long? Magazines are the perfect Mother’s Day gift because they are uniquely tailored to specific interests. Whether your mom’s hobby is cooking, gardening, traveling, or exercising, you can easily find a magazine that she’ll love. Additionally, the magazines will be delivered to her doorstep year round, giving her something new to look forward to and enjoy. Here are a few magazines that will make a great gift for Mother’s Day:

1.) Health and Fitness Magazines

Does your mom enjoy keeping up with health and fitness trends? Does she look forward to learning more about the latest nutrition breakthroughs? Then she’ll benefit from a subscription to Health magazine. Every issue is filled with exercise routines, healthy food options, and informative articles about heath geared specifically towards women. Another great option is Shape magazine, which focuses on food, exercise, and mental health. Both magazines are perfect options for women who take their personal health seriously.

2.) Food Magazines

Women who are connoisseurs of the finer things in life will enjoy a subscription to Wine Spectator or Saveur magazne. Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine with in-depth reviews of wines and wineries around the world, as well as advice on which wines to pair with various foods. Saveur is the perfect choice for foodies who are interested in authentic cuisine from various cultures.

If your mom loves creating culinary masterpieces, give her a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine. The magazine highlights culinary trends and gourmet recipes alongside beautiful photography. If she enjoys simple, down-to-earth meals, Taste of Home would be right up her alley. Featuring magazines from over 1,000 field editors, Taste of Home is filled with simple yet delicious recipe options. 

3.) Outdoor & Travel Magazines

Does planting a garden fill your mom with delight? If so, Fine Gardening or Garden & Gun will be right up her alley. Does she love arranging freshly picked bouquets of flowers from her flower garden? If so, Birds & Blooms will be the perfect option for her. The magazine is filled with colorful photos and engaging articles about the most beautiful gardens and interesting birds in the United States.

If she enjoys visiting new places, Travel + Leisure will give her plenty of great ideas for new travel destinations. Whether she’s planning a simple daytrip or an extensive overseas vacation, Travel + Leisure will give her all the information necessary to plan the perfect trip.

Does your mom have a hobby or special interest that isn’t listed here? Visit Magazines.com to see all the magazines that we offer. Whether your mom enjoys making crafts, watching soap operas, keeping up with celebrity gossip, or anything else, you can find a gift she’ll love at Magazines.com!

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Best Vacation Destinations

iStock_000009958489SmallSt. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” From the wind-whipped prairies of Kansas to the majestic remains of the Roman empire to the turquoise water surrounding tropical islands, the world is filled with stunning views and breathtaking scenery. Travel expands our horizons as we experience new cultures and meet people in lands far from our own. As Mary Anne Radmacher said, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” If you have the desire to leave your footprints all across the globe and make friends in foreign places, why not take some time this summer to travel to a new location? Exploring a new place will widen your understanding of the world and enable you to experience the beauty and diversity of cities different from your own.

If you’re not sure where to visit, you can find tried-and-true suggestions from one of these popular travel magazines:

1.) Travel & Leisure

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Each issue of Travel & Leisure magazine features stunning photography, reliable destination guides, and engaging features. The magazine is a must-read for anyone interested in leisure travel. Whether you want to stay local or travel internationally, Travel & Leisure is filled with information about countless dream destinations. With special sections devoted to the most delectable restaurants to eat at, the top hotels to stay in, and the best activities to participate in, Travel & Leisure is a relevant and reliable resource. The magazine provides plenty of invaluable suggestions about the top places to visit, as well as what to do once you’re there. Travel & Leisure is also filled with practical advice on packing, traveling, and sightseeing. Popular special issues include “The Hotels Issue,” “The Food Issue,” and the “World’s Best Awards Issue.” Want information about the top cities, islands, cruises, hotels, spas, and family vacations? Travel & Leisure will quickly become your go-to guide.

2.) Sunset Magazine

7951-MA-1-hiresIf you’re looking for the best of the west, Sunset magazine is the perfect resource for you. The regional lifestyle magazine highlights the western United States. Whether you’re planning a trip to a National Park or thinking about finding a secluded cabin in the woods, Sunset magazine is brimming with great ideas. From the best vineyards in Napa Valley to the most unforgettable views of Yosemite, Sunset magazine outlines the region’s best travel destinations, weekend getaway guides, and hot new cities to visit. Whether you want to visit the beach, mountains, or quaint towns, Sunset magazine has plenty of great ideas. Other features include seasonal gardening guides, recipes and wine pairings, and photos of beautiful homes. If you’ve been wanting to visit the western United States, this magazine will help you plan the perfect trip.

 

 

3.) National Geographic

7210-MA-1-hiresA trusted magazine for over a century, National Geographic features breathtaking images and riveting articles about science and travel. If you’re trying to figure out where to vacation this summer, a subscription to National Geographic will give you a plethora of wonderful ideas. Its sister magazine, National Geographic Traveler, is is a comprehensive travel magazine that will help you plan a trip from start to finish. The magazine is filled with suggestions on how to navigate a new area like a native. Whether you want to plan an international expedition or a day trip to a nearby city, the magazine will tell you everything you need to know about the best places to visit.

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3 Great Magazines for Spring

Are you looking for the perfect magazine to read this spring as you lay outside in the hammock or relax on freshly cut grass? Here are three wonderful magazines you’re sure to love!

1.) Good Housekeeping

Ready to tackle your spring cleaning checklist? A subscription to Good Housekeeping will provide you with plenty of helpful tips and suggestions on how to clean and care for your house. The easy-to-read articles give plenty of advice that will help you easily master any home maintenance projects on your checklist. The magazine is filled with product reviews about household items, organizational tips, craft and decorating ideas, and renovation techniques. It’s also brimming with delectable recipes, flawless beauty and makeup tips, diet advice, and relationship and parenting columns. Good Housekeeping also contains literary pieces and essays that are sure to entertain and delight. If your ideal magazine is filled with plenty of inspiring articles about home and family, then you’re sure to love Good Housekeeping!

2.) Family Handyman

Are you a bona fide home improvement guru? Do you spend your Saturdays tinkering in your workshop? If so, you’ll enjoy a subscription to Family Handyman magazine. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you can achieve your dream house through following the easy-to-understand instructions and how-to photos in each monthly issue. The magazine is filled with home improvement ideas, advice about repairs, and new product reviews. If you relish fixing up your home and redesigning individual rooms, you’ll look forward to each new issue of Family Handyman!

3.) Garden & Gun

Eager for a taste of the South? You’ll love the compelling articles and breathtaking photography in the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine. Whether you’re looking for surefire gardening tips, mouthwatering recipes, prolific interviews about noteworthy Southerners, or reviews about current books and music, you’ll enjoy Garden & Gun magazine. The special issues are dedicated to subjects such as “Southern Food,” “Southern Style,” and “Southern Homes,” so you can enjoy the South all year long. Although the magazine focuses on Southern living, it is incredibly popular all throughout the United States.  If you love gardening, cooking, or decorating, you’ll enjoy this Southern-inspired magazine.

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Spring Recipes

The arrival of spring means that seasonal fruits and vegetables like asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb are finally in season. We’re scoured some of our favorite cooking magazines to find the perfect spring meal. Begin by serving the chicken and asparagus dish alongside a flavorful strawberry spinach salad. Finish with a sweet yet tart rhubarb crumble for a satisfying finish to the meal. Your family will love this colorful, delicious meal so much they won’t even realize how healthy it is!

Asparagus:

Roasted Chicken with Asparagus:

roasted-chicken-asparagus_300For a delicious meal-in-one, try this simple yet flavorful dish. With only six ingredients, it can be prepared in mere minutes. You can substitute other spring vegetables, such as new potatoes or mushrooms, in place of the asparagus. This is the perfect dish to serve when you want a meal that highlights the new vegetables you got from your garden or farmer’s market.

Source: Real Simple

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 bone-in chicken thighs

Salt and pepper

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

1 pint grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

Instructions:

1.) Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In batches, cook the chicken, skin-side down, until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

2.) To the skillet, add the asparagus, tomatoes, and thyme. Top with the chicken and roast until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve sprinkled with thyme.

 

Strawberries:

Your family will love this vibrant, colorful strawberry spinach salad. If you want to make a meal out of it, add some chopped cooked chicken. The salad is also delicious when served with pecans instead of walnuts.

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Source: Taste of Home

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients:

1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/3 cup canola oil

3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Feta cheese, optional

 

Instructions:

1.) In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, spinach, strawberries and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk the canola oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Rhubarb:

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Source: Cooking Light

Serves: 6

Rhubarb is the perfect change of pace from more traditional fruits. Many people pair the tart fruit with raspberries or strawberries for a tangy yet sweet dessert. This rhubarb crisp is a unique, delicious alternative to a more traditional apple or cherry crisp. Because it’s made with low-fat ingredients, it’s something that the entire family can enjoy.

Ingredients:

5-1/2 cups sliced rhubarb

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon grated lime rind

Vegetable cooking spray

1/3 cup regular oats

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons chilled stick margarine, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, optional

Instructions:

1.) Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl, and toss well. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

2.) Place oats, flour, and sugar in food processor, and pulse 2 to 3 times. Add chilled margarine, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal; sprinkle over rhubarb mixture. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Serve with frozen yogurt if desired.