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Save The Date: The 2018 Tony Awards Are June 10 (Here’s Some Inspo to Throw a Viewing Party!)

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards® are already in the works and, for the fourth year in a row, Nordstrom is the official Red Carpet sponsor—which means we’ll be bringing you one-of-a-kind live coverage of the star-studded procession on June 10 via Facebook. (Go ahead and enter it in your Reminders app now.)

While the nominations and presenter are still a secret (announcements will be made May 1), we know a rockin’ Tony party starts with plenty of prep. That’s why we’re re-sharing our most crowd-pleasing dip and sip recipes this side of Broadway. So write out your menu, whip up your guest list and keep an eye out for more hot Tony updates. (And if you happen to hit Broadway for a show, take a moment to tour our brand-new Men’s Store NYC, located on the corner of Broadway and West 57th Street. It’s our first full-line men’s store—right in Midtown Manhattan.)

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Entertaining with the Perfect Holiday Recipes and Hostess Dresses | The Realest

Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases this month’s featured dress looks.

It’s that time of year when you gather you and yours to spread good cheer. In homes and restaurants around the globe, families and friends will come together to clink glasses and raise forks full of food. While we were thinking about what dishes we’d serve this season, we decided to consult restaurateur Sarah Penn. Sarah happens to own two of the loveliest and coziest restaurants in Seattle—perfect venues for intimate, festive mixers with kin.

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We visited Sarah at her two locations, Pair and Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, where she shared scrumptious recipes with us and offered her suggestions for celebratory wine pairings, all while modeling five dresses perfect for hosting or attending a holiday party. Get her easy recipes for smoked salmon blini and potato leek gratin (you need these), and a peek at the dresses in her restaurants’ warm interiors.

Sarah Penn, The RealestChiara Boni La Petite Robe Stellina peplum jersey sheath dress | Loren Hope Clara crystal bracelet | Panacea crystal & tassel bracelet

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Nordstrom Kalamata Olive Aioli Dip Recipe | What’s Cooking

Nordstrom Kalamata Aioli Dip Recipe.

We serve our Kalamata Aioli alongside our housemade french fries, but it also makes an excellent dip for a veggie platter or slathered on a slice of crispy toasted bread for crostini.

Nordstrom Kalamata Aioli Dip
(Makes 2 cups)

Ingredients
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
2 tablespoons roasted garlic
2 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the garlic, olives and roasted garlic, pulsing until finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice and process until the mixture is well blended and light purple. Transfer to a serving dish, cover and refrigerate.

Try these recipes and others at a Nordstrom restaurant near you, and find more recipes to make at home in our What’s Cooking series and Nordstrom cookbooks (available in selected Nordstrom restaurants and Ebars).

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Throw a Tony Awards Watching Party with Our Recipes, and Join Us on the Red Carpet

Tony Awards watching party: easy party appetizer and cocktail recipes for entertaining a crowd from Nordstrom.

We’re excited to again be the official red-carpet sponsor for the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11. While you’re watching all the style and excitement at Broadway’s biggest night, why not  invite some friends over and enjoy all the action while imbibing and snacking on some delicious nibbles from our cookbooks and restaurants?

We’ve got four simple recipes for entertaining a crowd: an easy, creamy artichoke dip with Parmesan cheese; a gourmet popcorn bar with three flavor-packed seasoning salts; a wine-spritzer-meets-sangria cocktail; and our version of a French 75 champagne cocktail made with orange liqueur and real gold flakes—so fancy.

Tony Awards watching party: easy party appetizer and cocktail recipes for entertaining a crowd from Nordstrom.

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Greek-Style Lamb Meatballs Recipe with Spicy Chili Glaze | What’s Cooking

Greek lamb meatballs recipe baked with spicy chili sauce from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Plated as a first course (like they are served at our Blue Stove restaurants) or all together on little skewers as an hors d’oeuvre, these Chili-Glazed Lamb Meatballs are delicious anytime of year, but work especially well as an Easter appetizer recipe idea—traditional lamb prepared with a twist for the holiday.

Greek-inspired herbs and spices flavor the interior of these baked meatballs, while a spicy pasilla chili sauce lends a smoky earthiness. The pepper glaze’s heat gets cooled down by a pool of Greek yogurt, and it’s all topped with refreshing mint and parsley scattered on a crunchy radish and cucumber salad. Easy to make, this meatball recipe with a Mediterranean flair is an impressive-looking tribute to the beginning of spring.

Greek lamb meatballs recipe baked with spicy chili sauce from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Sweet and Spicy: Chicken Wings Two Ways, Baked and Fried | What’s Cooking

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe for a Party or Appetizers from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.We’re sharing these two recipes as Super Bowl party menu ideas, but after tasting the knockout flavors in both dishes, you’ll want to make them more than just once a year. These chicken wings are perfect as finger-licking appetizers or main-course MVPs (we recommend serving them alongside rice and vegetables like blanched green beans).

In our first recipe for baked chicken wings, Sriracha and a couple tablespoons of ground Tellicherry peppercorns get things fired up but are sweetly balanced by a mouthwatering caramel glaze. Our second recipe calls for frying the chicken wings. In this dish, even more black peppercorns lend their heat to an Asian-inspired sauce with ginger and shallots. A quick toasting of the peppercorns and a final addition of just a bit of coconut milk mellows any overly pungent spice in a surprisingly mild but still peppery sauce that gets tossed with the crispy-skinned wings.

Spicy Fried Chicken Wings Recipe for a Party or Appetizers from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

 

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Crimini Mushroom Flatbread Pizza Recipe with Grilled Green Onions and Tuscan Herbs | What’s Cooking

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Take your relationship with pizza to the next level and try this herby, cheesy, thin-crust flatbread. In this version—popular at our Nordstrom Bistro and Bazille locations—roasted garlic oil gets topped with four different cheeses, which blanket smoky grilled green onions and roasted mushrooms tossed in parsley, rosemary and thyme. It’s fun enough to make together as a meal with the family, and sophisticated enough to hold its own as an hors d’oeuvre at a cocktail party.

I’ve been looking for a delicious homemade pizza dough recipe, and this one fits the bill. Something else I love, our recipe calls for par-baking the rolled-out dough. This step firms it up enough to make transferring the assembled flatbread onto a pizza stone a lot less hazardous to the stability of your in-the-kitchen mental health. Or maybe I’m the only one who has shimmied a limp homemade pizza dough and all its beautifully arranged toppings off my peel and right onto the open oven door. Grilling the green onions may seem like an unnecessary addition, but it really does give them (and the flatbread pizza) a great flavor that makes getting out a grill pan worth it.

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Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe | What’s Cooking

This generous first course – or light lunch – has some serious epicurean chops both in presentation and in taste. I’d describe this recipe as a fresh and delicious mix between a caprese salad and bruschetta, with a flourish–namely a peppery arugula pesto and sweet, complex balsamic vinegar reduction.

Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom with Arugula Pesto, Balsamic Glaze, Burrata, Seasonal Tomatoes and Micro Basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Here, our homemade focaccia bread and ripe tomatoes are accompanied by rich and creamy burrata cheese. This particular cheese can be a challenge to find (fresh mozzarella could be substituted), but burrata, which is fresh mozzarella stuffed with shredded mozzarella and cream, is worth seeking out. To garnish, microgreens add a beautifully pro touch, but a chiffonade (slicing) of basil also works.

Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom with Arugula Pesto, Balsamic Glaze, Burrata, Seasonal Tomatoes and Micro Basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Bistro Crab Stack Salad Recipe, Holiday Entertaining Menu 1st Course | What’s Cooking

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Now that conversation—and some amazing cocktails—are flowing, you’re ready for the first course on our menu, and it’s definitely a looker. A bit of dicing is the hardest part of this wow-factor, towering salad. Fresh avocado, tomato, cucumber and mango all get pulled together with our seriously tasty Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (the same dressing used in the popular Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad at our Nordstrom Cafe). Tangy, refreshing and topped with crab, this salad sets a high bar for the next two courses to come.

Nordstrom recipe for the Bistro Crab Stack Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette; photo by Jeff Powell.
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What’s Cooking: Roasted Garlic Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

For our third installment of What’s Cooking, Nordstrom Blog Editor Jeff creates a crowd-pleasing favorite from the Nordstrom Flavors Cookbook—dressed up with a twist that makes it perfect for entertaining.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, Jeff proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

I don’t think you need to look any further for an appetizer that’s fit for a holiday fête. During such a busy time of year, this recipe keeps things stress-free and simple, but its depth of flavor will have your guests remembering it well into the new year and beyond. The combination of both sun-dried and fresh tomatoes marry to create a sweet complexity, while the nutty roasted garlic mingles on the tongue with the basil and Parmesan, for a bite that’s worthy of celebration—and a glass of fine champagne.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
from the Nordstrom Flavors Cookbook
(serves 6 to 8)

“Bruschetta, which is often nothing more than toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomatoes, is as simple as it is delicious. This version embellishes the original, and the pumped-up flavors will have guests clamoring for more. “
—Chef Tony Colabelli

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1⁄3 cup drained, finely chopped, olive oil–packed sun-dried tomatoes
1⁄3 cup coarsely chopped Simple Roasted Garlic
1 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 rustic-style baguette
3⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano

Tomato and Basil Topping
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1⁄2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the Roasted Garlic Bruschetta: Using a rubber spatula, mash together the butter, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Split the baguette lengthwise. Spread the butter mixture over the cut surfaces, extending it to the edge of the crust. Sprinkle the buttered surfaces evenly with the Parmesan. (The prepared bread can be loosely covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 4 hours before continuing.)

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the Tomato and Basil Topping: Combine the tomatoes, basil, olive oil and vinegar in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour to blend the flavors.

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Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place the bread halves, Parmesan side up, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the bread halves to a cutting board.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into triangles and transfer them to a serving platter. Serve immediately, with the bowl of tomato topping and a slotted serving spoon on the side. Invite guests to top the bread with a spoonful of the tomatoes.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Editor’s Note: The method for creating one of this recipe’s star ingredients—the Simple Roasted Garlic—is one I can’t recommend enough. It’s a favorite flavor of mine, but I always cringe at turning on the oven for just one or two heads of garlic. Making it en masse without the skin means no messy squeezing and a plentiful yield. Best of all, I put the roasted cloves on a sheet pan in the freezer and then transferred them to a zipper-lock bag once they were frozen. I had roasted garlic camping out in my freezer for weeks. Quick to thaw, they were like little gems of dynamite flavor that went into every dish I could think of!

Download a PDF of this recipe to print it, and find more tempting dishes in our Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook. Have a favorite recipe from our restaurants or cookbooks that you’d like to see featured? Let us know in the comments!

[Photos by Jeff Powell]

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