Fran Brennan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Fran Brennan has tested.

Yogurt Ice Pops with Berries | Paletas de Yogurt con Moras

Although these paletas are Mexican through and through, the melding of yogurt, fruit, and honey is luscious in any language.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 12

Almond and Coconut Granola

An inspired take on a classic, this simple, sassy granola recipe is yours to follow to the letter or tweak to your (or your most picky family member’s) content.

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  • 15 M
  • 55 M
  • 9

Cheater’s Chorizo

A sassy mix of ground pork, paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, and wine that’s as irresistible as it is easy (albeit slightly inauthentic).

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 16

Coconut Cake

Flaunting an ever-practical, always-stunning, goes-with-anything white, this froufrou coconut cake livens up holidays, dinner parties, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, and Tuesday nights.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 23

Lemon Chess Pie

This Southern creation is a simple affair. Just eggs, butter, sugar, and, of course, lemon, it’s a pleasantly homey dessert, perfect for any afternoon or occasion.

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  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 12

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

This salad recipe–a great segue between winter and spring–is filled with cubes of roasted sweet potatoes, wedges of onions, and a sprinkling of feta on top of earthy spinach.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 9

Carrot Muffins

These little lovelies contain sugar and spice and everything nice–including an oh-so-buttery oat streusel and a batter so enticing you’d never, ever guess it’s good for you.

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  • 20 M
  • 55 M
  • 12

Peruvian Roast Chicken

This bird borrows its Peruvian accent from its amazing technicolor dreamcoat of paprika, cumin, and garlic.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 24

Blue Cheese Tartine

A blur of sweet, smoky, creamy goodness, this tartine of sourdough, a schmear of blue cheese, and a dribble of honey makes basic bruschetta seem humdrum.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 1

Spruce Needle Vodka

A celebratory Christmas tree-infused cocktail? Give us one good reason not to knock back this pine-y potable.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 18

Challah

As buttery and airy as brioche but with a far weightier responsibility than its breakfast chum, challah ensures a sweet new year in Jewish tradition. We’ll break bread to that.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 8

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

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  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 19

Vinegar-Glossed Chicken

When the vinegar is splashed to the pan of chicken, magic occurs. The vinegar deglazes the brown bits and permeates the chicken with a sweet/sour flavor.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 18

No-Knead Whole-Wheat Bread

Bread that’s homemade, healthful, and has no need for kneading? Believe it. All that’s left to do is let this rugged loaf bake while you bask in the impending goodness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
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