Brenda Carleton, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Brenda Carleton has tested.

The components of caprese salad -- sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil on a white platter.

Caprese Salad

Basil, tomato, and mozzarella–green, red, and white–are all this summer salad needs to shine. Oh, a drizzle of olive oil and a a squeeze of lemon help.

A piece of miso cod in a skillet with an orange napkin next to it.

Miso Cod

This five-ingredient fix, a restaurant classic as well as a simple weeknight dinner, will have you practicing your acceptance speech for the best dinner ever.

Three assembled Thai-style sliced beef lettuce wraps with a bowl of dipping sauce on the side.

Thai-Style Sliced-Beef Lettuce Wraps

Steak marinated in a soy-ginger sauce is grilled, and wrapped with lettuce and peppers, before being wholly devoured. They’re about as cool and fresh as you can get.

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. This flawless technique cooks the pork loin whole and slices it AFTER grilling.

Two people reaching for traditional molletes on a platter with a bowl of salsa in the middle.

Traditional Molletes

An insanely satiating comfort food fix that’s as quick and easy as it is inexpensive. Refried beans and cheese atop toast with pico de gallo. Wish we’d known about this a loooong time ago.

A slice of semolina-olive oil cake on a plate

Semolina-Olive Oil Cake

A rustic Italian-inspired cake made with the ever-so-slight coarseness of semolina in contrast to the tender sweetness of grapes.

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.

Three pieces of bread topped with fava bean puree.

Fava Bean Puree

Few things say spring like the brilliant green of a fava bean. Here, a little help on how to harness these harbingers of warm weather.

Shrimp salad garnished with dill in a cardboard takeout container.

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.