Alexandra M., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Alexandra M. has tested.

A cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 53
A layer of toasted, spiced pumpkin seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

“Super easy.” “Quite addictive.” “Divine.” That’s what folks are saying about these surprisingly seductive spiced pepitas.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
A white enamel pot filled with turkey meatball soup.

Turkey Meatball Soup

This outrageously satiating riff on Italian wedding soup swaps traditional beef and pork meatballs for healthier ones made with turkey along with the lilt of lemon.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A cast-iron skillet with four cooked chicken apple sausages inside.

Chicken Apple Sausage

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

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 17
A pot of raspberry jam with framboise being added to it.

Raspberry Jam With Framboise

No, making homemade jam doesn’t need to be a big production. Not with the right recipe, anyways. This small batch raspberry preserves shows you how simple it can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
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
A black skillet with figs in Port wine and a spoon on the side

Figs in Port

Simple. Seasonal. Sophisticated. Sassy. Sublime. All qualities we swoon to in a dessert. All found right here.

  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 16
Rhubarb Sour

Rhubarb Sour

A rhubarb sour made with gin is probably not how your grandma chose to use those sweetly tart spring stalks. Her loss.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A bowl filled with baby greens on a white linen napkin. Part of a goat cheese crostini is on the edge of the bowl and the other part on the napkin

Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Baguette slathered with goat cheese and baked to toasty perfection with a can’t-mess-it-up vinaigrette and salad. Easy peasy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Homemade Dish Soap

Homemade Dish Soap

This natural alternative to fancy liquid dish soap is inexpensive, effective, and gentle on hands. Doesn’t get much more practical than that.

A bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with a few slices cut from the end and a knife resting beside.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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

  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
Egg Salad Without Mayo

Egg Salad Without Mayo

Most definitely not your grandma’s egg salad. It’s crammed full of gently caramelized onions and it’s sooo surprisingly lovely you won’t even miss the mayo. Swear.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 16
Fettuccine with Scallops

Fettuccine with Scallops

Whether you need a no-fail romantic dinner for two or an impressive dinner party for more, here’s how to pull it off.

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

You’re going to swoon to the sharp, briny, citrusy flavors of this authentic Moroccan tagine. No special pot required.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 2