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Apr 23

Recipe: Blood Orange Sangria

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Recipe for blood orange sangriaWe’ve partnered with Domino Magazine this summer to help you kick your entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces with Ballard Designs products that are the perfect setting for your next get-together. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes!

Apr 23

Recipe: Apricot and Pistachio Galette

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Recipe for Apricot and Pistachio GaletteWe’ve partnered with Domino Magazine this summer to help you kick your entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces with Ballard Designs products that are the perfect setting for your next get-together. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes!

Apr 23

Recipe: Croque Madame

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Recipe for croque madame

What could be more delicious than grilled ham and cheese?  Grilled ham and cheese topped with a fried egg! A traditional French bistro dish, Croque Madame adds European flair to any meal.

Croque Madame
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 8 slices sourdough sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Whole grain dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, ½ cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
  3. To toast the bread, place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
  4. Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.
  5. While the sandwiches are in the oven fry the eggs.
  6. In a cold, non-stick medium sauté pan, add the olive oil and turn to coat the entire pan. Turn the heat to medium high and crack the four eggs into the pan add salt and pepper to taste and fry until the white is just set 4-5 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler and broil the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and distribute to 4 warm plates. Top each sandwich with the eggs and serve.

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Apr 22

Inspired Outdoor Entertaining from Domino Magazine

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Outdoor entertaining under a pergola with Ballard Designs and Domino magazine

We’ve partnered with Domino Magazine to help you kick up your outdoor entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces using products from Ballard Designs to create the perfect setting. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes! Below, Domino’s Creative Director, Robert Leleux, shares how he achieves “the mix.”

Apr 18

Recipe: Pimento Cheese Gourgères

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Pimento cheese gougeres recipeWe’re so delighted to bring you a new recipe today from food blogger extraordinaire, Amber of For the Love of the South blog. Amber hails from Louisiana, but her love for Southern food extends far beyond just Cajun cuisine. Today, she brings us a twist on a Southern classic, Pimento Cheese! We can’t wait to try our hand at these gorgeous and certainly delicious gourgères.

Apr 10

Entertaining Tips from Expert Danielle Rollins

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Entertaining Tips from Danielle Rollins

Entertaining is a fantastic way to spend quality time with friends and family, and we’ve always believed that there’s no better way to show someone you care about them then to invite them over for a comforting meal, which is why we teamed up with Danielle Rollinsentertaining expert and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style. Danielle shared with us a few of her favorite tips for hosting a get-together, which she details below.

Apr 8

Host a Spring Brunch with Danielle Rollins

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Host a Spring Brunch with Danielle Rollins

One of our favorite ways to enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather Mother Nature has finally shared with us is to host an outdoor get-together for friends or family. An outdoor brunch, under the blossoming trees and sunshine, is the perfect way to enjoy the company of loved ones, which is why we teamed up with Danielle Rollins, entertaining expert and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style. Danielle pulled together a gorgeous table which celebrates color, and she shared her entire inspiration with us, below.