Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie & Patterned Sweaters

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Family. Friends. Rag & Bone models. Most importantly, though: pumpkin pie. Continue reading for a euphoria-inducing dessert recipe, perfect sweaters to wear to Thanksgiving—and a vision of just how happy the holidays can be.

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Yesterday, we showed you three killer side dishes from our own in-house chefs. Today, we have an exclusive Thanksgiving tip from another of Seattle’s finest, Mr. Cormac Mahoney (whom you also met yesterday as part of our Gifts with Personality campaign, shot by The Selby).

Enough talk; without further ado, we’ll let Cormac take it away:

“Here’s a great, guy-friendly Thanksgiving recipe. This is really, really easy—just takes some steps. These legs will hold in the refrigerator all holiday season under their fat, and can be easily prepared in a flash.”
—Cormac Mahoney, Chef/Co-owner of Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, Washington

CONFIT DUCK LEGS

4 duck legs, fresh
4 oz. kosher salt
4 oz. of your favorite spice mix (go McCormick ‘Herbes de Provence’ if you don’t have your own)

1. Combine salt and spices in a bowl; mix well.

2. Trim any excess fat from the legs to make them uniform, without exposing any more flesh. Save scraps.
Prick skin of legs all over with a sharp knife tip or skewer—this helps fat render.
Toss duck legs and excess fat in spice mix and coat well, shaking off excess.

3. Put in ziplock bag, suck out air, seal and refrigerate for a day.

4. Preheat oven to 250º.

5. Take legs out, rinse off mix and pat dry.
Heat a pan large enough to hold all four legs to about medium.
Add fat scraps and let melt for 5 minutes. DON’T BURN! Turn the heat down if you have to.

6. Add legs, skin side up. Carefully and tightly wrap pan in foil and place in oven.

7. Let cook for about 2.5 hours. Carefully check on legs—opening the tinfoil will release steam that will burn you. With a fork, pull a little meat off of a leg and taste: should be tender but not mushy.

8. When done, take out of oven and let cool to room temp. Remove legs and hold on a plate.
Save the fat! It’s great for roasting potatoes, frying eggs, etc.
If you aren’t going to use duck immediately, you can transfer legs to a sealable container, cover in the rendered fat and refrigerate. Will last under fat for a month or more.

To Serve Legs:
– Preheat oven to 325º.
– Heat pan to medium heat, add a little duck fat and place legs, skin side down, in pan.
– The idea is to crisp the skin without burning it—slow and low is good.
– Once the skin starts to crisp, put pan in oven for 5-10 minutes.
– Remove pan from oven and flip legs over so fat can drain off skin; pat with paper towel if necessary.

Serve with anything: salad, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce. Potato chips and hot sauce are great, too.

cheers-
Cormac



Outtakes from our shoot with The Selby.
Three steps to looking like a pro in your own kitchen? 
Black T-shirt
, tasteful ink, big knife.

 

[Recipe by Cormac Mahoney, 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chef. Taste his food in-person at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Washington: madisonparkconservatory.com | 206.324.9701 | 1927 43rd Avenue East, Seattle, WA. Photographs by The Selby.]

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of dining in one of our Nordstrom Restaurants, we’ll humbly insist that you’re missing out. Featuring fresh, local ingredients, delectable dishes always made from scratch, and rotating beer and wine selections, they’re a welcome respite from shopping—but the food is honestly so good, that throngs of us make the 2-block walk from Nordstrom HQ to our Downtown Seattle store daily, just to grab lunch at the Marketplace Cafe on the 4th floor or The Grill in the Men’s Shop.

Chances are there’s a Nordstrom Restaurant at a store near you—and even if there’s not, you can replicate the experience at home with our latest cookbook, Nordstrom Family Table, featuring recipes created and compiled by Nordstrom Chefs. In honor of Thanksgiving, here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside: three holiday-friendly side dishes that are delicious, easy to make—and guaranteed to impress even your most persnickety sister-in-law this Thursday.



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[Photographs by Noel Barnhurst. These recipes and many more are available in the Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook, now available at all Nordstrom stores and online.]

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Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s pretty much no better time to wear a sweater: The weather’s finally nice and crisp, the vibe is quasi-dressy but comfortable—and a soft, forgiving knit lets you load up on yams without popping a shirt button.

The festive occasion (coupled with the fact that you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, rather than the judging eyes of strangers) means the time is also ripe to break out something more…obscure. And when it comes to sweater inspiration, Bill Cosby is king. For proof positive, visit The Cosby Sweater Project, an ingenious mix of TV nostalgia and original artwork by Chicago illustrator Kelly Tucker. Here are a few of our favorite recent entries:






To find sweaters with Heathcliff Huxtable levels of swagger, you might need to hop a time machine to 1985 (or at least locate your nearest thrift store). But we have hundreds of modern interpretations, from eye-catching to classic. Here are some ideas to get you prepped for the big day next Thursday:


Fair Isle. This pattern has been quote-unquote “on trend” for a few seasons now—but given that it’s derived from a Scottish island that’s been occupied since the Bronze Age, you can bet it will stick around for centuries to come.
Shown: Topman | Jack Spade | Grayers


Cable Knit. The safest sweater choice for the pattern-phobic among us. Safe need not be boring though, with options of the crewneck, turtleneck, and shawl-collar variety.
Shown: A.P.C. | Michael Kors | Rag & Bone


Subtle Pattern. A middle ground between solid and full-on Fair Isle. (Woodland creatures are cool and all…but this miniature Moby-Dick reference has its tongue planted even more firmly in-cheek.)
Shown: Z Zegna | Jil Sander | Gant by Michael Bastian


Chunky Cardigan. Less dressy than the others, but a clear winner in supreme coziness. The shawl-style collar acts as a built-in scarf, when you need to run out for more firewood (or an extra pie).
Shown: Dale of Norway | Pringle of Scotland | Pendleton Portland Collection
 

Ready to get your Cosby on?
SHOP ALL SWEATERS

…And if you’re up for a second helping of Thanksgiving spirit,
check out these appetizing pants by Bonobos:

 
 

[Artwork by Kelly Tucker, via The Cosby Sweater Project. View more of Tucker’s work at i draw pictures. Cosby Show stills courtesy of Carsey-Werner, Viacom and Paramount. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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