Adrienne Lee, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Adrienne Lee has tested.

Adrienne Lee has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since 2006. She graduated from MIT, worked as an electronic engineer for Xerox, and then received a doctorate in cognitive psychology/science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She worked as an assistant/associate professor at New Mexico State University. During the period starting in graduate school, she began taking courses in cooking and baking and finally received a pastry certificate from the Culinary School of the Rockies where she worked as a pastry instructor for several years. She has done stages at various businesses, and provided baked goods to be sold at a business for several years, a charity event, and a large food convention; at the same time, she was a recipe tester for Delicious Living Magazine until 2018.

Pumpkin crunch in a glass bowl beside a glass bowl of mixed nuts and cranberries.

Pumpkin Crunch

A sweetly spiced upgrade to trail mix, this snappy little snack is perfect for autumn eating. Serve as an appetizer or just a little pick-me-up.

A large pot filled with French onion mac and cheese, with a few servings missing and a large serving spoon.

French Onion Mac and Cheese

The collision of French onion soup and mac and cheese–the stuff of dreams. It’s comfort food at its finest, just wait until you taste the topping.

Butter pecan ice cream in a black bowl, with a spoon.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

This isn’t your typical butter pecan ice cream. A creamy, custardy, ice cream base filled with perfectly shattered bits of pecan brittle isn’t exactly typical, is it?

Pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board, surrounded by measuring spoons full of various spices.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as dumping some spices you probably already have, into a bowl and stirring them together. No need to run to the store. You’re welcome.

A sheet of parchment paper with a rectangular mushroom leek tart with a square piece cut from the corner, and garnished with thyme.

Mushroom Leek Tart

“Impressive.” “Easy.” “Yummy.” “Brilliant.” “No leftovers!” That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little tart.

A wooden tray with 4 squares of double butterscotch blondies, with nuts sprinkled around them.

Double Butterscotch Blondies

Depending on your age, this may be a brand new treat or a throwback. Either way, if you love butterscotch, you’re gonna love these little delights.

A pumpkin meringue pie in an orange stoneware pie plate, sitting on a cooling rack with a pie server.

Pumpkin Meringue Pie

At long last, a slice of pumpkin pie that can be considered complete in and of itself—no dollop of whipped cream required. Pumpkin and meringue. So happy together.

A stainless steel pot, filled with steaming, bubbling easy béchamel sauce with a large spoon and a whisk.

Easy Béchamel Sauce

Who knew that baking legend Jim Lahey’s brilliance extended not just to bread and pizza maverick but also to béchamel whisperer?