Brenda Carleton, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Brenda Carleton has tested.

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?

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 24
A whole roast chicken in a roasting pan with halved citrus fruits around it

Roast Chicken with Citrus

The words “orange chicken” used to make us think of gloppy Chinese takeout—until we tried this orange chicken.

  • 40 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 15
A rack of slow cooker ribs on a cutting board with four single ribs cut off

Slow Cooker Ribs

All the scintillating, fall-off-the-bone magnificence of smoked ribs. None of the standing outside in the snow or sleet to tend your grill or smoker.

  • 25 M
  • 6 H, 45 M
  • 31
Tray of roast chicken pieces with pancetta, olives, and garlic cloves

Roast Chicken with Pancetta and Olives

“One of the best chicken recipes ever!” “Crisp-skinned.” “Juicy.” “Aromatic.” “Easy.” “Gorgeous.” “Heavenly.” That’s what we’re hearing from folks who’ve tried this preparation for chicken (or rabbit). Sorta makes you wanna try it, eh?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 33
Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

Grilled chicken quesadillas. Your simple, satisfying solution to lunch, dinner, appetizers, and midnight cravings.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 5 H
  • 0
A white takeout container filled with shrimp salad by Ina Garten--shrimp, mayonnaise, dill, red onion, celery, and lemon zest

Shrimp Salad from Ina Garten

Creamy but not gloppy, light but not abstemious, this shrimp salad is gonna rock your world. And your cocktail party. And your lunch work rotation.

  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 17
A cake pan of golden brown cornbread with a slice removed

Cornbread

An easy, foolproof, ever so slightly sweet corn bread that comes together as quickly as it disappears. Just watch it.

  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 28
Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet

No ice cream maker required. Just watermelon, citrus, sweetness, mint, and a little time in the deep freeze. Vodka optional. Then all you do is scoop it up and plop it in a pretty bowl.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 17
A glass full of chimichurri--an Argentine steak sauce--made with vinegar, olive oil, parsley, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes

Chimichurri

Drizzle, douse, souse, or otherwise acquaint this emerald elixir with grilled steak, chicken, chops, seafood, or heck, anything.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 13
Japanese Cucumber Salad

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Simple. Surprising. Spunky. Just what we look for in a summer salad. Just what we found in this jumble of cucumbers, vinegar, and ginger.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Cue the Red Stripe and the reggae, cuz this fast and easy flavor paste makes grilled jerk chicken that’s the real deal.

  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
Skewers of thinly sliced Thai grilled pork or Moo Yang, on a metal tray in a street food vendor's cart

Thai Grilled Pork | Moo Yang

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

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 15