Linda Pacchiano, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Linda Pacchiano has tested.

Linda Pacchiano

Linda Pacchiano has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since December 2006. After graduating with a degree in foreign languages and international business from Georgetown, she pursued culinary and pastry arts at the International Culinary Center (founded as the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. She also trained in advanced cake design at New York's Institute for Culinary Education. Pacchiano now teaches at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and serves as a Wilton method instructor, teaching all levels of cake decorating courses. She's a member of the International Cake Exploration Societe, Baker’s Dozen East at the Institute of Culinary Education, New York City and New Jersey Cake Decorators, NJ Confectionary Arts Guild, and Junior League of Morristown, NJ.

Duck à l’Orange Recipe

Duck à l’orange gets a modern makeover in this sophisticated yet simple riff on a French classic thanks to the zingy addition of jalapeño, ginger, and scallions. Fusion food at its finest.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 2

Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

If you didn’t already know that these light, fluffy, nutty buckwheat pancakes are good for you, we swear you wouldn’t guess it from the taste.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6

Candied Spiced Nuts Recipe

These candied nuts are sweet and spicy and the sorta thing that friends demolish in minutes at cocktail parties and holiday gatherings yet talk about for months afterward.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 2

Lebkuchen Recipe

There traditional German Christmas cookies that are subtly reminiscent of gingerbread are typically called lebkuchen, although we tend to refer to them as moments of perfectly spiced deliciousness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 4

Braised Brisket Recipe with Red Wine and Honey

Sweet and tangy and fall-apart tender. That’s what we think of this crowd-pleasing braised brisket that makes us go weak in the knees.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 5 H
  • 12

Seared Scallops Recipe

Knee-wobblingly golden on the outside. Lusciously wobbly inside. And sweetly supple through and through.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 12

Pine Nut Brittle Recipe

Crunchy, sweet, salty, buttery, and nutty all in one bite. And it comes together in just 30 minutes, which makes it quite practical to toss together batch after batch, especially if, like us, you get a little carried away with sampling.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork wrapped in bacon and roasted until crisp outside and tender inside. Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. Any objections?

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8

Beer Braised Chicken Recipe

Essentially just chicken coaxed to tenderness in beer, this beer braised chicken with root vegetables is simple to make, complex in taste.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 12

Arugula Salad Recipe With Pear and Blue Cheese

Peppery greens, creamy blue cheese, and crisp pear are jumbled together with a sweetly nutty vinaigrette that’s so delicious you may just catch folks licking the plate.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Not your everyday mashed potatoes, these are ridiculously rich and comforting thanks to butter, sour cream, Parmesan, roasted garlic and caramelized onions. Any leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 10

Chicken Apple Sausage Recipe

Seriously, it’s so easy to make your own sausage. Insanely easy. And holy heck, does it taste phenomenal. No meat grinder required.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 8

Whole Roasted Onions Recipe

Plonk unpeeled onions on a baking sheet. Shove in oven. Come back later for achingly sweet, tender, mellow oniony goodness. Accept accolades. See how easy that was?

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 14
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