Alexander Cowan, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Alexander Cowan has tested.

A white plate topped with an iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing.

Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing

The best version we’ve experienced of this classic steakhouse salad with a creamy blue cheese dressing that’s basically an excuse to eat your vegetables.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Batter Fried Chicken

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that it doesn’t take buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 131
Cakey Brownies

Brownies for a Crowd

“So satisfying.” “Cakey and chocolatey and everything a brownie should be.” That’s what folks are saying about this crowd-pleaser.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A bowl of roasted curried cauliflower mixed with onions and topped with cilantro

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Bowl of onion dip topped with caramelized onions, nearby carrots, radishes, cucumbers on a cutting board

Onion Dip

“The onion dip to end all onion dips.” “Sublime.” “Light years beyond those soup packets.” That’s what folks are saying about this creamy dip that puts to shame all other onion dips you’ve ever dipped, dunked, or otherwise devoured.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
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.

  • 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.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
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
  • 14
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
  • 6