Alexander Cowan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Alexander Cowan has tested.

Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone

Smoked Spare Ribs

Authentic barbecue flavor in your own backyard. No smoker required. No smoking experience required, either, for that matter.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 6 H
  • 4
Big glass bowl of layers of vanilla wafer banana pudding topped with sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It’s still easy. It’s still quick. And it’s still gosh darned comforting as heck.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Hot enough to make you holler. That’s how they like their fried chicken in Nashville. Who are we to argue?

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 55 M
  • 20
Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

Whether you have unripe berries, overripe berries, or an abundance of the season’s most fragrant berries, say hello to your sweetly sticky solution.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 13
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for just a short spell. Which means you don’t have to constantly tend a smoker from dawn to dusk.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 22
Croque Madame Muffins

Croque Madame Muffins

A nifty little ooh- and aah-inducing riff on the classic croque madame that’s perfect to assemble ahead of time for big batch brunches.

  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 8
Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. And ever so slightly smoky. We think you can understand why we’re swooning to these bacon drippings tortillas.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
Tray of classic dinner rolls glazed with butter, bowl of melted butter with a brush

Classic Dinner Rolls

Practically instant gratification with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rise and its straightforward mixing method. And oooooh the taste!

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Sheet pan of oven-roasted chicken thighs, topped with salt and pepper

Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

“Simple.” “Perfect.” “The moistest chicken with the crispest skin we’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
A black pot filled with chunks of beef Raj curry, topped with cilantro, nearby is roti Indian bread

British Beef Raj Curry

All the elements of a classic beef curry that slowly simmered on the back burner all day but in just an hour. You’re welcome.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4
Barbecue Pimento Cheese

Barbecue Pimento Cheese

Not all pimento cheese recipes are created equal. This one, with a touch of barbecue, definitely has an unfair advantage.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 4
Broccoli and Blue Cheese Gratin

Broccoli and Blue Cheese Gratin

Ooooh baby! Broccoli blanketed with a creamy rich white sauce that takes its oomph from blue cheese and its hint of heat from cayenne.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 12