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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites Recipe from Tastemade’s Amy Lee

Just in time for your Thanksgiving plans—whether they be getting together with family and friends or eating turkey in front of the TV—the geniuses at Tastemade have gifted us some yummy holiday dishes that you’ll want to keep in your recipe repertoire.

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First up is adorable Amy Lee’s vegan dessert. But wait, these little nuggets of deliciousness are just as tasty as any nonvegan variety. Plus, the cheesecakes are pretty easy to whip up for a seasonal party with friends or coworkers. And you don’t have to tell anyone that they’re a healthy, nondairy pumpkin treat if you don’t want to—they’ll never know.

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Shrimp and Crab Louis Salad Recipe | What’s Cooking

Classic Shrimp and Crab Louis Salad Recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

While which genius chef actually created the Crab Louis (aka Louie) Salad is debatable, it definitely originated on the West Coast, and it’s been a restaurant classic for over one hundred years now. We keep our version (served at Nordstrom Grill locations) pretty traditional with a generous amount of succulent crabmeat, tangy Louis Dressing and hard-boiled eggs—but throw in a helping of crispy fried shrimp, because, crispy fried shrimp. Top it all with height-of-their-season tomatoes and a flavor-brightening squeeze of lemon, and you have a perfect summer dinner in this seafood lover’s salad.

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Nordstrom Bistro Chicken Club Sandwich Recipe with Roasted Garlic Aioli | What’s Cooking

Chicken and bacon Bistro Club Sandwich recipe from Nordstrom.

Looking for the next best sandwich recipe? The version served at our Nordstrom Bistro and Bazille restaurants is our take on a pretty classic club with perfectly roasted chicken, crisp bacon, umami-rich tomato. Then we up the gourmet factor with creamy avocado, tender-crisp haricot verts and (here’s the kicker) our secret sauce: Roasted Garlic Aioli. Secret’s out! Our Bistro Club is perfect for a picnic, or prep everything in advance for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Ginger-Sesame Dressing | What’s Cooking

Nordstrom Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Sesame-Ginger Dressing. Photo by Jeff Powell.

After being on the menu at our Marketplace Cafe and Cafe Nordstrom locations for years, this Chinese Chicken Salad has quite a following. Because it’s delicious. And, as we show in our Friends and Family Cookbook, it’s pretty easy to make at home too.

We toss together a fresh and tasty mix of julienned bell peppers, carrots, bok choy, oranges and chicken with our Ginger-Sesame Dressing. I was surprised by how flavor-packed that dressing is, considering the small number of ingredients and its easiness to throw together—it has just the right Asian-inspired balance of salty and sweet with a little heat from the dry mustard and ginger. To top it all, crispy fried wonton strips (don’t skip these!) followed by a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

I had plenty of ingredients left over after composing one of these salads to photograph, so I packed up all the components and took them to a party I had been invited to that night. I just layered the ingredients in a big bowl—which made for a beautiful presentation too—drizzling each layer with the dressing. Not surprisingly, it was very popular, and now I can send a link to this recipe to all the people who asked me for it afterward. Guaranteed you’ll be doing the same once you serve this light but satisfying salad; it’s a tried and tested winner.

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Blueberry Almond Buckle (Gluten-Free Cake) Recipe | What’s Cooking

Blueberry Almond Buckle Cake (a gluten-free dessert) recipe from Nordstrom.

Buckle: if you aren’t familiar, it’s sort of like a coffeecake and a muffin had a sweet, delicious child, and is so called because the butter and sugar stuesel topping caramelizes and “buckles.” Our version is served at selected Nordstrom restaurants. Packed with blueberries (two pounds to be exact), it’s an excellent way to capitalize on summer’s bounty.

This recipe sprung from a happy accident. Our chefs were working with corn and almond flour for our Blueberry Almond Cake and realized afterward that it just happens to be gluten-free—though that affects neither the texture nor the flavor of this moist and tender blueberry cake.

Serve this easy-to-make dessert with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on a warm summer night.

Gluten free dessert: Blueberry Almond Cake recipe from Nordstrom.

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken BLT Salad Recipe with Honey-Dijon Dressing | What’s Cooking

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad Recipe with Honey-Dijon Dressing from Nordstrom Cafe. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Introducing your new favorite dinner salad (unless you’ve already tried our Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad at one of our Nordstrom Cafe locations). With layers of satisfying flavor, if a salad can be comfort food, this guy is it.

We toss together mixed baby greens with ripe tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, roasted corn, smoky bacon (!) and tender chicken cooked until its Parmesan breading is crisp and golden brown. Clinging to it all: a quick and delicious honey-dijon dressing that’s spiked with a bit of ginger and a handful of fresh cilantro. This is the kind of salad you’ll want to make again and again, because once you’ve tried a gratifying forkful, it’ll be hard to stop thinking about having another.

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Easy Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Cobbler Recipe | What’s Cooking

Easy, fresh mixed berry cobbler recipe with strawberries, blueberries and vanilla bean from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Looking for a way to use up those ripe summer berries—or an excuse to have more of them? Our mixed-berry cobbler combines fresh blueberries and strawberries into an easy-to-prepare dessert that’s just right for the season. A little sugar sweetens the berries, and seeds from a vanilla bean dot the perfectly thickened juices with their rich, warm flavor—all underneath a crisp and crumbly old-fashioned oat topping.

For an added layer of sophistication (i.e., to make people think you spent a whole lot more time on this super-simple recipe than you actually did), serve it as we do in our Blue Stove Restaurants in individual crème brûlée dishes. However you present it—in individual portions or a family-style casserole dish—this Strawberry and Blueberry Cobbler couldn’t be a better way to punctuate the end of a delicious midsummer dinner.

Easy, fresh mixed berry cobbler recipe with strawberries, blueberries and vanilla bean from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Crisp Strawberry Crostata Recipe with Vanilla Pastry Cream and Balsamic Reduction | What’s Cooking

Straberry Crostata Dessert Recipe with vanilla pastry cream and balsamic reduction from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Ripe, sweet strawberries; rich, luscious pastry cream; syrupy balsamic; and a scoop of vanilla-bean gelato, all atop a buttery, flaky crostata shell. You’re going to want to make this summery dessert next time you have people over: it’s a showstopper. Making homemade pastry cream and dough may sound like a challenge, but it’s actually pretty easy and requires only a few ingredients. Even better, you can whip up all the components of this extremely delicious dessert four days ahead of serving, and assemble it in just a couple minutes for your guests (just save macerating the strawberries for the last minute). Serve, sit back and enjoy how popular you have now become.

For a nice touch, warm up the crostata shells in a 350°F oven for a few minutes before serving. And a really good jam can stand in for the streak of raspberry sauce, if you don’t want to make it yourself. Just warm the jar in a microwave and add a few drops of water to loosen it to a spreadable consistency; passing it through a sieve to remove any seeds is also a good idea.

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Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe | What’s Cooking

Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from Nordstrom.

Indulge your inner child while making your grown-up palate happy. Our recipe for baked crab macaroni and cheese casserole isn’t stingy on the crab, with a whole pound stuffed under a golden-brown herbed panko crust. We like to reach for orecchiette pasta, because each cup-shaped noodle is like a little ladle for our creamy fontina cheese sauce (though opting for Gruyère wouldn’t be a bad idea either).

Creamy Baked Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from Nordstrom.

We serve this comforting dish at our Nordstrom Grills (drop in for a bite!), but our recipe makes re-creating this super-popular dish easy enough for a weeknight meal at home and decadent enough to make an impressive dinner for entertaining—especially if you want to get extra fancy and bake each serving in an individual crock.

Nordstrom Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

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BBQ Menu Ideas: Entrée, Side Dish, Drink & Dessert Recipes for a Party | What’s Cooking

Barbecue party recipe ideas: A full menu of inspiration with entrees, side dishes, desserts and drinks from Nordstrom.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and with it, hopefully a long summer full of sunny days and plenty of time outdoors—and many barbecues to come. Whether you’re looking for Independence Day recipe ideas, a menu for your next big cookout with friends, or inspiration for what to serve (or bring along) to your next potluck picnic, we’ve got more than a menu’s worth of food and drink recipes to keep this season full of good times and good flavor.

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