Susan Bingaman, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Susan Bingaman has tested.

Susan Bingaman

Cooking has been a life-long affliction. It never occurred to Susan that other girls didn’t bake their own birthday treats, read cookbook like novels, and peruse the shelves at cooking stores instead of clothing stores at the mall. Needless to say, her friends were (and still are) always well fed. Her mother was the one who encouraged her to major in food science, and now she spends in her days in the test kitchen of a major Midwestern grocery store chain testing recipes and checking up on private label products. In June 2004, Susan started testing recipes for Leite’s Culinaria. She signed up hoping it would save her sanity never thinking it would lead to her being a part of the recipe-testing team for David’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table.

Hummus Recipe

Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Hummus, as made in Israel, tastes like hummus. It’s not fancy. But it is perfect.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Best Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Best Oatmeal Cookies

Hope you’re not the indecisive sort, ’cause this oatmeal cookie recipe requires some decisions. Let the baking hijinks begin.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
Bucatini all’Amatriciana Recipe

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

All’Amatriciana—go on, roll that “r” like they do in Italy—means a spicy pasta sauce of tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Prego.

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  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Irish Soda Bread with Walnuts Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

A sweet nuttiness, a dense crumb, a crunchy crust, and bags more flavor than normal bread. Whatcha waiting for?

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 15
White Pizza Recipe

White Pizza

We find this lovely, albeit subtly flavored, little number to be one of the simpler pleasures in life. We think you’ll concur.

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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate

This updated classic that’s even better than we remembered is like childhood 2.0. (We mean that in the best possible way, Mom.)

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  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 8
Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Fudge

Easily the easiest no-fail chocolate fudge recipe ever. But that’s not the only reason why we make batch after batch. Oh no.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs Recipe

Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

Bet you’ve already got everything you need for this frugal pantry pasta. All you need now is 15 minutes to pull it together.

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  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 8
Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes Recipe

Cilantro-Jalapeño Latkes

These unconventional latkes are gonna rock your world. They’re lovely at all times of day and on all occasions.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6
Grilled Cheese Recipe

Cheddar, Bacon and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Entertaining just got a heck of a lot easier since we gave the nod to serving grilled cheese—this grilled cheese—to guests.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 8
Piece of Cake

Goober Bars

Feel like a kid again as you swoon to these peanut butter blondies slicked with a layer of jam smack in the middle.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

Vanilla Milkshake

Cold, creamy, and eminently slurpable, just like the vanilla milkshakes mom used to make. In other words, perfect in all ways.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
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