I’ll just admit this right now: I love all things Nordstrom. Before we moved back East, I used to shop all the time at Nordie’s, then somehow end up in the Cafe for lunch whenever I possibly could. Their Caesar salad was the closest thing I had had to a salad that I grew up with and loved. Even when the server messed up my order, it was always delicious. So when I found out that they published cookbooks there was no way I was leaving the store without a copy. The first book, Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook, will probably become an heirloom for me. It has the Caesar dressing recipe, as well as the Tomato Basil Soup that the Cafe is very well-known for. With this particular book, by Michael Northern, I’ve been loving the more ethnic recipes.
This evening, I made the Greek-Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Tzatziki. It was so good, and we were so hungry, I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture before we ate it all. Yes, it was that good. I can only imagine how awesome this dish would really be if we had our grill set up. Alas, we live in an apartment, so adapt we must! I’ve made the Honey and Thyme Dinner Rolls with Fleur de Sel. I know it sounds silly, but I actually didn’t know what “Sel” was until I was almost half-way done with the recipe. It’s salt, by the way. We keep it pretty simple here, but these rolls were fantastic! Unlike the Friends and Family book’s recipes which came straight from the Cafe, this book is more along the same tastes as the Cafe. Like all cookbooks that I enjoy, this one has very few weird ingredients. If you buy fresh herbs and have good basics (I’m thinking buttermilk and unsalted butter, that sort of thing) you should be good to go. If you see this book, or the other one, seriously, buy it. You will not be disappointed.