Recipe: Classic Lemonade

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Cooks Illustrated's Classic Lemonade recipeMore than 1 million home cooks rely on Cook’s Illustrated magazine to provide trusted recipes that work, honest equipment reviews and ingredient taste tests, and time-saving kitchen tips.  Published by the hosts of America’s Test Kitchen television series, Cook’s Illustrated is known for an almost fanatical approach to creating the best recipes for the home cook’s favorite foods.  To do this, they test every recipe 20, 30, sometimes up to 100 times in their own 2,500 square foot test kitchen where they make the mistakes so you don’t have to.  They also test and recommend which kitchen equipment is the best to use, which supermarket ingredients really make a difference and which techniques work best for the home cook.  And because Cook’s Illustrated is advertising free, you can trust their objective ratings to identify what products are worth your money and which to avoid. Subscribe to Cooks Illustrated here, or sign up for the Perfectly Plated Sweepstakes for the chance to win $5,000 in merchandise from Ballard Designs.


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.


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.


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.


Pack a Chic Picnic

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Pack a chic picnic

We’ve been saying for weeks now that Spring is almost here, but honestly, this time, we can feel it! At least we think?

While brainstorming about Spring and all the joys and excitement around it, we got on the topic of picnics — primarily how wonderful they are. This time of year, when buds are just starting to open, the air is still a bit crisp from winter, and everyone is ready to take in some Vitamin D, one of our favorite things to do is meet friends and family outdoors, take a few snacks, and enjoy a picnic! There are few things more simple and more guaranteed to help you enjoy the start of a new season than getting outdoors and taking it all in. But of course, we wouldn’t be Ballard Designs if we didn’t suggest you at least picnic in style, would we?


7 Printable Place Cards for Spring Entertaining

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7 Printable place cards for spring entertaining

On our To Do list for Spring, we want to entertain more. From casual get-togethers to fancy soirées and outdoor barbecues, we want to put on our hostess hat and enjoy the company of friends and family. One way we’re flexing our entertaining muscles is by printing off some easy place cards for you to give your table settings a little extra personality.


Get Ready for Outdoor Entertaining

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It’s been a long, cold winter, but happily the weather is starting to warm up at last. Your thoughts may be turning to enjoying your backyard again by planning outdoor get-togethers, parties, and cookouts for friends and family. Before you can send out the invitations though, you’ll need to take some time to spruce up your outdoor area so that you can present your best entertaining face.

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