Brenda Carleton, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Brenda Carleton has tested.

A sliced steak chimichurri with a gravy boat filled with chimichurri on the side.

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2
Skewers of thinly sliced Thai-style grilled pork skewers on a metal tray in a street food vendor's cart

Thai-Style Grilled Pork Skewers ~ Moo Yang

We can certainly understand why street food catapulted into trendiness. Assuming, that is, it all tastes as soulful as these skewers that are hawked on seemingly every street in Thailand.

  • (5)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 19
Chops from a spice-glazed grilled pork loin on a cutting board with a glass of stout.

Grilled Pork Loin

No more helplessly watching as the chops you toss on the grill toughen into leathery dryness. Not with this flawless technique that cooks the pork loin whole and slices it AFTER grilling.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 15 H, 30 M
  • 25
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Yep, you can turn out authentic grilled jerk chicken that’s pretty much exactly like what you’d experience in the Caribbean. But at home.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
Bowl of cashew chicken with chunks of stir-fried chicken, carrots, sugar snap peas, celery, cashews

Cashew Chicken

One of the most beloved—and most commonly ordered—Chinese dishes in America, this quick stir-fry makes simple seem superlative.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 7
A classic Old Bay tin filled with homemade Old Bay seasoning.

Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

An American classic, this indispensable spice blend brings a taste of the Eastern Shore to anything, anywhere, anytime.

  • (6)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 65
A white oval platter filled with asparagus with raspberry-shallot vinaigrette, and pickled shallots scattered on top.

Asparagus with Raspberry-Shallot Vinaigrette

It’s nice to still be surprised. Which is exactly what happened to us when we tasted this inspired melding of earthy asparagus, sweetly tart raspberry vinegar, and sharp shallot.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
A stack of gluten-free pancakes with butter and maple syrup on a white plate on top of a crossword puzzle.

Gluten Free Pancakes

Perfect for any lazy morning, these pancakes make being gluten intolerant a privilege. They also make the rest of the us envious.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 5
Three jars of Israeli pickles, one with cauliflower, one with cucumbers, and one with red onion.

Israeli Pickles

Quickles. It’s what we dubbed these Middle Eastern pickles that can be made in a mere 20 minutes (!) with no fussy canning process. (Quick. Pickles. Quickles. Get it?!)

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 14