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Roasted Cauliflower Agrodolce Recipe with Raisin-Sherry Butter and Parmesan Cheese | What’s Cooking

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Since making this roasted-cauliflower recipe two weeks ago for The Thread, I’ve already made it again for a dinner party. This dish—served at our Bazille restaurants—elevates a humble brassica to a whole new level of delicious. The sherry-raisin butter is sweet and pleasantly sour with the addition of a mild but refined good, aged sherry—and would be equally delicious as a spread for crostini, or anywhere you’d want a flavorful compound butter. Parmesan cheese and herby breadcrumbs add a nuttiness and textural freshness that make this side dish even more inviting. And then there’s my favorite, the fried capers. While it may seem an unnecessary extra step, shallow frying half of the capers makes them tiny, crunchy salt bombs, which adds a quick-to-achieve pro finesse—especially nice if you’re entertaining.

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Throw a Kentucky Derby Party with Our Recipes and Style Inspiration

How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

One day each year, folks dress in their spring finery and head to the racetrack. Or, for about two minutes, some with otherwise no interest in equine affairs turn to their televisions. Mint juleps are poured. Bets are placed. Rapt eyes focus on Louisville, Kentucky, where for over a century 20 of the most beautiful and athletic horses in the world compete in the first of three races that form the Triple Crown.

“The Run for the Roses”—or the Kentucky Derby—is one of our enduring national pastimes. Although originally modeled after the English Epsom Derby, it has become distinctly American. Southern style, food and customs pervade the event and the many events surrounding the main one. But just as the race’s founders took liberties with the equestrian traditions of Europe, many households and barrooms throw alternative versions of the party on the lawn at Churchill Downs.

How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

Since the sporting life is as good a reason as any to rally around delicious food and drink, we invited some of our favorite Nordstrom people over for a Kentucky Derby party. Our menu included snack variations on traditional Southern foods, some strong cocktails and plenty of horsing around in front of the camera in candy-colored clothes. Since the main event usually takes just minutes, there’s ample time to catch up with each other and enjoy a pleasant, lazy afternoon that can easily drift from a casual cocktail hour into a light dinner.

How to throw a Kentucky Derby party with recipes and style inspiration from Nordstrom.

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7. Undercard races begin at noon ET and the main event is at 4pm ET.

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Flaky Homemade Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits | What’s Cooking

Homemade flaky biscuit recipe with butter and rosemary from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

I have a love/hate relationship with biscuits. When I come across biscuits that are buttery, tender and flaky (as these are), yes please. But, as I’ve experienced one too many times, the somewhat fickle nature of biscuits (and not taking care to make them with a few rules of thumb in mind) means I’ve bitten into something more like dry, tasteless hardtack. I’d rather just eat flour directly out of the bag, so I usually avoid taking my chances altogether.

Enter the above batch of winning biscuits. In this recipe, our chefs reach for butter over shortening for added flavor along with two leavening agents to maximize lift with the buttermilk. They then add fresh, minced rosemary, which infuses the dough and really takes these quick breads to a special place. For best results, keep your butter and buttermilk cold until the last minute, and don’t overwork the dough (just mix enough until shaggy, a bit tacky and you can bring it together). Lastly, dip your biscuit cutter in a little flour before cutting each biscuit and cut by pressing directly down into the dough rather than twisting, which can seal the edges and prevent layers and rise in the oven.

Make these any time you want a rich, flaky biscuit—we especially recommend serving them alongside a warm, comforting bowl of our Chicken Pot Pie Soup.

 

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TENDER, FLAKY ROSEMARY BISCUITS: THIS WAY

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Cranberry Chutney Recipe and Our Day-After-TDay Turkey Sandwich | What’s Cooking

Cranberry Chutney recipe from Nordstrom.

Try our recipe for Cranberry Chutney this season at your holiday table. Our take on this traditional side gets spiced up with ginger and a little cayenne pepper. Orange juice lends a citrus note and the tart cranberries get a slightly savory kick with sweet, caramelized onions. You can make and keep this chutney in the refrigerator for up to seven days, which means there’s no excuse to reach for a can of cranberry sauce.

This easy chutney is also perfect to slather on a turkey sandwich the day after a Thanksgiving feast. We’ll show you how we do it at Ruscello and our Marketplace Café.

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich from Nordstrom.

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Creamy Deviled Egg Potato Salad Recipe | What’s Cooking

Creamy Deviled Egg Potato Salad recipe from Nordstrom with mustard, pickles and eggs. Photo by Jeff Powell.

This is the kind of recipe that I especially love. Yes, because deviled eggs are having a comeback moment and this classic salad is delicious—creamy, tangy and punctuated by the crisp texture of diced celery and onion—but more so because it brought back memories and offers a strong foundation that can be built on. After I made it at home, this creamy potato salad with eggs, mustard and pickles (served at our Sixth & Pine restaurants) took me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen and her famous egg salad.

This is the kind of recipe you pass down the family line and are asked to share at barbecues and picnics. It’s the kind of recipe to which each new cook adds a special spin making it her own. After my first taste, I added my grandmother’s secret egg salad ingredient—and I don’t think she’d mind me sharing. It took me years to pry it out of my sister, who was one of the only people my grandmother divulged her winning ingredient to: apple cider vinegar. Simple, but what a difference it makes to the memories on my palette.

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While this classic potato salad with mustard and egg is perfectly flavored and balanced as is, there are so many different ways you could adjust it for a personalized touch: adding bacon (of course), scallions and cucumber, blue cheese with hot sauce for a Buffalo-style twist, shrimp with capers and parsley, harissa, scallions with dill and lox, paprika and chorizo … the list goes on. Make this recipe for your next summer gathering, and feel free to make it your own.

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Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto and Gruyère, Holiday Entertaining Menu Side Dish | 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.

Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese. Best oven brussels sprouts recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Have picky eaters at your table? Not to worry. The layers of salty, complex prosciutto and melted Gruyère in this gratin recipe are far too tempting for even the biggest Brussels sprout-ophobe. Plus, cream added to a super-reduced chicken stock creates an incredible sauce that coats the caramelized Brussels sprouts in yum. Since that Bistro Crab Salad first course was so light and refreshing, we’re okay with this gratin side dish falling on the more indulgent end of things.

Nordstrom recipe for Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese; 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: 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: 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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