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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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Beer-Battered Halibut Fish and Chips Recipe with Tartar Sauce and Horseradish Aioli | What’s Cooking

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips recipe from the Nordstrom Grill. Photo by Jeff Powell.

The first time I had real, delicious fish and chips, it was at a hole-in-the-wall shop in the city center of a little town in England. I was just a few days into a year-long stay studying abroad during my junior year of college. The battered and fried fish was succulent and flaky on the inside with a golden brown, crisp exterior that was perfectly seasoned.

I thought I hated fried fish up until then, but, as I’d discover over the years with a number of other things, I’d just never had it done properly. Making Nordstrom’s version of fish and chips at home brought me back to that drizzly day years ago standing in the foreign city-center square with a funky little wooden fork and a steaming bundle of perfect newspaper-wrapped fish and chips warming my hands as I wondered what the rest of my year held in store. (For one thing, a lot of really amazing Indian, it turned out.)

In our beer-battered halibut and chips recipe, as served at our Nordstrom Grill, our chefs include how to make two house-made dipping sauces—tartar sauce and a horseradish/roasted garlic aioli, both extremely tasty—and our crunchy coleslaw.

Beer-Battered Fish and Chips recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.


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Herbed Mushroom Risotto Recipe with Roasted Salmon and Rosemary Beurre Blanc | What’s Cooking

herbed-mushroom-risotto-recipe-with-easy-baked-salmon-and-beurre-blancHerbed mushroom risotto recipe with easy baked salmon and beurre blanc from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

You can do this! Perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, a date night, a special dinner for a special friend, or halved and made for a party of one, this dish is bound to impress. While there may be a good number of steps, the good news is you can make the majority of this recipe in advance. Ideal for perpetuating the illusion of kitchen wizardry when you throw everything together the day of in a matter of minutes.

Years ago, when I made risotto for the first time, I was so intimidated. I have no idea why. Just brace yourself with a little patience to do a lot of stirring, and there will be no reason to get all in a dither about rice. Risotto is a basic that’s going to become a quick-to-make staple with limitless options once you’ve made it and understand the simple steps. But in the interest of not being chained to the stove for 30 minutes while you’re trying to entertain, our recipe for make-ahead risotto by par cooking it is ideal.

In this version, as served at selected Nordstrom restaurants, our risotto gets a flavorful dose of fresh herbs. Surrounding it, a luscious, velvety Rosemary Beurre Blanc enhanced with roasted garlic (try our easiest roasted garlic recipe, which I make all the time and keep in the freezer). On top, an earthy mix of mushrooms roasted with fresh herbs sits askew underneath an easy baked Atlantic salmon fillet. To gild the lily, everything is crowned by a vibrant garnish of celery curls, chive batons and parsley.

Make-ahead par-cooked risotto recipe with baked salmon, buerre blanc and herbed mushrooms from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.


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Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Bean Spikes and Caramel (And an Infused-Vodka Bonus) | What’s Cooking

Roasted Pineapple Dessert Recipe with Vanilla Bean Spikes and Caramel Glaze from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

As I was thumbing through our Nordstrom Cookbooks looking for potential recipes to share, I stumbled across this crazy stunner. At first, I thought it looked like a kind of atomic centerpiece I’d imagine you could have seen at at ’50s cocktail party, sitting next to some sort of bright green, molded gelatin salad brimming with olives and tuna. I was hooked—at least on the mid-century cocktail party part. And then I thought a little more. Studding a pineapple with vanilla beans and roasting it in an oven until tender while periodically basting it with caramel really couldn’t be a bad idea, no matter the era.


Turns out, it definitely isn’t. Roasting the pineapple concentrates its flavor while bringing out its sweetness…along with a little help from that creamy caramel. Basting while cooking ensures it doesn’t dry out, and also distributes those beautiful vanilla-bean-seed specks all over the surface. This is something you present before serving to ensure maximum oohs and ahhs, and then we recommend serving the carved, roasted pineapple on a couple scoops of vanilla bean ice cream topped with a generous drizzle of the vanilla-caramel pan juices.

It takes a little finessing to carve out the ‘eyes’ of the pineapple to achieve those impressive swirling grooves, but it’s worth the fuss–and also provides more surface area and basting channels to facilitate maximum caramelization and flavor. While a great pineapple is easy and inexpensive to get your hands on, vanilla beans can be more of a splurge. To extend their life, keep reading to the very end: our chefs offer up a genius way to make use of the roasted beans with a delicious vanilla-pineapple-infused vodka recipe (fancy tropical adult beverages!), which lasts for months.

Roasted Pineapple Dessert Recipe with Vanilla Bean Spikes and Caramel Glaze from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.


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Quick Home Decor Fixes That Can Actually Improve Your Life

Pictures of cool furniture and pretty homes excite us just as much as the next decor devotee. But although clean lines and modern colorways lure us in every time, we do try to ascribe to function over pure aesthetics. For this reason, we’ve resolved to make our redecorating this year align with our life goals for 2016.

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Shopping the Nordstrom Limited-Time Savings selection bestows a resolution two-fer by helping to save some cash while refreshing a humble-but-aspiring abode. The sale goes through January 25, so think about what you want to modify this year—behaviorally and decoratively—then jump online for the best selection.


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


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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Classic French Onion Soup Recipe | What’s Cooking


Alors! Leave it to those clever French to find a way to throw a bunch of nothing-special onions in a pot, add some stock, stale bread and a bit of cheese and have the results magically turn out full of rich, refined flavor that you never want to stop putting in your mouth. French onion soup has an air of sophistication that makes it seem impossibly hard to make. But really this is an easy, old peasant’s dish (the most delicious ones often are), and if you’ve got the patience to stir a pot of thinly sliced onions for about 30 minutes, then you’ve got all the sophistication it takes to create this classic soup.

If you want to serve this recipe as a first course at a party, complete step one a day ahead, then just reheat it on the stove before moving on to step two. For best results, take your time with the onions over medium heat; much like the French, they don’t like to be rushed. And slice them pole to pole, as opposed to across the equator—you’ll get a less stringy finished product.



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