Ayanna Fews, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Ayanna Fews has tested.

A halved fancy tuna melt with tomato and cucumber on a baguette on a piece of parchment.

Fancy Tuna Melt

A tuna melt is a tuna melt is a tuna melt, right? Uh, not exactly. This is a welcome departure from what we choked down as children.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
A white coconut layer cake, with 7-minute frosting topped with shredded coconut on a green cake stand

Coconut Layer Cake

Layers of vanilla cake take turns with oodles of coconut filling and the whole shebang is slathered with fluffy white icing. Uh, yes please!

  • (11)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 35
A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.

  • (2)
  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 14
A single white chocolate cupcake, topped with white frosting on a paper napkin.

White Chocolate Cupcakes

Fine-crumbed and sparely sweet, these sophisticated little cakes do wonders for white chocolate’s tarnished reputation. Confection perfection.

  • (9)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 42
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood

One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

If you’re going to splurge on brownies, you may as well, you know, SPLURGE on brownies. But not in terms of effort or expense. Just taste. These brownies handle it splendidly.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
A stack of flour tortillas with bacon fat on a cast-iron skillet.

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. Ever so slightly smoky. And frugal thanks to grandma’s trick of saving the fat from breakfast bacon. One taste and you’ll understand our obsession.

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 14
Potatoes with Mexican chorizo tucked inside tortillas with a glass of beer on the side.

Potatoes With Mexican Chorizo

Easy, authentic, and awesome any time of day, whether accompanied by steaming hot coffee in the morning or cold cerveza any (other) time of day. One of our recipes folks rave about most.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 14
A partially cut orange chocolate chunk cake on a round wire rack.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

The combination of tart, citrusy orange with not-too-dark chocolate was a smashing success at the Barefoot Contessa. It’s just as much a hit at home.

  • (11)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 55
Two fillets of flounder in a lemon butter sauce in a skillet topped with chopped parsley

Flounder with Lemon Butter Sauce

One of our most requested recipes. Easy, elegant, and pretty much foolproof. Sorta impressive for something that you toss together in less than 15 minutes, wouldn’t you agree?

  • (12)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 38
Several oatmeal chocolate chip cookies cooling on a rack, one with a bite out of it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Expect a slightly ginormous, squat, thin cookie that’s chewy in the center, crisp at the edges, and uncommonly good through and through.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 4