Chiyo Ueyama, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Chiyo Ueyama has tested.

Chiyo Ueyama

First and foremost, Chiyo Ueyama loves to eat. She grew up in a three-generation household where food was the most frequent conversation starter. Meal prep was always in progress in the small urban kitchen where written recipes were rarely seen.

Fast forward to 2008, all grown up and still thinking a lot about food, she stumbled upon Leite’s Culinaria during a random recipe search and became a recipe tester. Having no experience as a professional cook and no formal culinary education, she calls herself an “enthusiastic home cook” and embraces her small minimally equipped kitchen. Her tools for testing and reviewing recipes are her inquisitiveness and love of words. (Visit museums much? She has many years of experience writing and editing descriptions of artwork, like those labels you see in exhibition spaces.) She credits her longevity with Leite’s Culinaria to her friends who are always happy to serve as “tasters,” and are good sports when the results are less than impressive.

Some of her favorites on Leite’s Culinaria are Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise, Moroccan Lentil Soup, Orange Olive Oil Cake, Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Lemon and Thyme Risotto, Portuguese Mini Lemon-Orange Cakes, Masala Chai Crème Brûlée, Sheet Pan Chicken with Apples, Bacon, and Brussels Sprouts, Flaky Ribbon Pancakes, and Buttery Crab Pasta.

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.

Several plates with slices of pistachio-lime polenta cake topped with confectioners' sugar and chopped pistachios

Pistachio-Lime Polenta Cake

This lime-infused polenta cake boasts a light texture and rich, buttery flavor. It’s perfect for teatime or dessert, but we won’t judge if you sneak a slice for breakfast.

A challah grilled cheese sandwich with pastrami jam torn in half, still connected by melted cheese.

Challah Grilled Cheese with Pastrami Jam

“HELLO PASTRAMI JAM! Where have you been all of my life?!” That’s what someone shouted after experiencing this extra indulgent grilled cheese that boasts quite a few surprises.

A fork resting in a tangle of gorgonzola and walnut linguine on a green and white plate with a bowl of toasted walnuts on the side.

Gorgonzola and Walnut Linguine

An indulgent pasta made with toasted walnuts, cream, mascarpone, and gorgonzola. Worthy of a special occasion but on the table in just 25 minutes. Boom.

A dozen hazelnut thyme matchsticks in a glass

Hazelnut Thyme Matchsticks

Hazelnut thyme matchsticks are thin, crisp crackers made with ground hazelnuts, cheese, and butter. The matchsticks are perfect with soup or as a snack.