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Chicken Paillard Pasta Recipe with Garlic Tomato and White Wine-Butter Sauces | What’s Cooking

Sauteed chicken dinner recipe covered with an easy Italian tomato and flavorful white wine-butter sauce atop angel hair pasta. Nordstrom Recipe, photo by Jeff Powell.

Two delicious sauces form an unlikely duo in this dish that straddles the border between Italy and France. On the Italian side, a classic combo of tomatoes, basil and lots of garlic is simmered briefly to create a rustically chunky sauce that couldn’t be easier. It’s my new go-to for a quick pasta sauce that doesn’t cook out the fresh flavors of good-quality tomatoes. Representing France, shallots and thyme bathe in a super reduction of dry white wine. After straining, butter (enough to make Julia Child proud) gets whisked in to form an emulsified beurre blanc sauce that’s amped up with rosemary and our Roasted Garlic.

Chicken paillard—a ye-olde chef-y term for meat that is pounded thin—is tender and cooks in no time. To finish, the breasts get smothered in the tomato sauce with oyster mushrooms and spinach, and it’s all served on top of warm angel-hair pasta with the velvety white wine–butter sauce spooned at the side. Flavor-layered, completely satisfying and easy enough for a weeknight, there is nothing about this dish that disappoints.

Easy Italian tomato sauce with garlic, tomatoes and basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Nordstrom White Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe | What’s Cooking

White Chocolate Nordstrom Bread Pudding Recipe from Nordstrom Bistro; photo by Jeff Powell.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding: it’s the most-asked-for recipe here on the blog and the most popular dessert at Nordstrom Cafe Bistro. There’s a reason for that—it’s pretty incredible. While baking, the pudding filled my kitchen with the smell of French toast, and the half-exposed bread on top developed a light crust, which added a nice textural contrast to the silky interior. The orange zest gives the raspberry sauce a tasty hint of citrus, while the white chocolate cream sauce takes the whole decadent dish to a very special place. And (bonus!) it can be made ahead of time. White chocolate and raspberries are a winning combination, and this is a perfect recipe for celebrating Mother’s Day—or any time you need a ridiculously good dessert.

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What’s Cooking: Grilled Chicken Chardonnay & Vegetables with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Just in time for the 4th of July and summer barbecue season, we’re sharing two easy-to-follow recipes developed by our Head Corporate Chef Michael Northern and his team, along with a few bonus expert grilling tips—a helpful guide to achieving the best possible results.

Blog Editor Jeff Powell makes a delicious, simple-to-prepare marinated chicken and grilled vegetable side dish with a complementary and complex vinaigrette. Proving, with his photographic evidence, that you don’t have to be a professional chef to turn beautiful, fresh ingredients into irresistible food perfect for summer entertaining—it’s What’s Cooking.

Chardonnay Grilled Chicken and Vegetables recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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What’s Cooking: Bistro Crab Bisque

Your votes are in! We asked which recipe from our cookbooks and restaurants that you most wanted to see our blog editor, Jeff recreate at home; you let us know on Facebook and Instagram. Close contenders included our White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad (get that tangy, herbaceous vinaigrette recipe), but the #1 request was for our Bistro Crab Bisque recipe. Today, we’re sharing our secrets to creating this perennial favorite in your own kitchen—it’s What’s Cooking.

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.

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What’s Cooking: Gruyère and Custard Baked Potatoes

In a bonus holiday edition of What’s Cooking, we’re offering a cheesy accompaniment to any entrée at your Christmas dinner (see it alongside our Prime Rib Roast). This side dish offers a refined, golden-crusted alternative to traditional mashed potatoes and is no more difficult to prepare.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, our blog editor Jeff Powell 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.

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Pumpkin Spice Frangelico Cheesecake Recipe | What’s Cooking

 

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Recipe with Frangelico for Thanksgiving Dessert from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

In this Thanksgiving edition of What’s Cooking, Nordstrom Blog Editor Jeff bakes a luscious pumpkin-spice and Frangelico cheesecake with a hazelnut crust from the Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook. It’s a make-ahead dessert worthy of a place at any Thanksgiving table.

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.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Recipe with Frangelico for Thanksgiving Dessert from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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