Chiyo Ueyama, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Chiyo Ueyama has tested.

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 in professional cooking or a background in 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, Stir-Fried Lettuce, Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Lemon and Thyme Risotto, Brown Butter Financiers, Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili, Masala Chai Crème Brûlée, and Bacon Peanut Brittle.

Korean chicken wings piled around a white container of dipping sauce.

Korean Chicken Wings

Know that elusive balance of ridiculously crisp skin yet tender meat and a dipping sauce that’s sorta sweet but with some heat? Most wings fail miserably to achieve that. These nail it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 18
A blue bowl and a blue plate both topped with rice, naan, and masala paneer, and garnished with cilantro.

Masala Paneer

The real deal, this Indian curry made with paneer, tomatoes, and cream sauce is met with the approval of both kids and adults.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
A fennel, orange, and watercress salad on a decorative platter with a cup of dressing and a spoon on the side.

Fennel, Orange, and Watercress Salad

Quick and easy to toss together with all the flair of a French woman slinging a scarf and instantly seeming elegant with ease. Which is exactly how we like our salads.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A white enamel pot filled with turkey meatball soup.

Turkey Meatball Soup

This outrageously healthy—yet still satiating—riff on Italian wedding soup swaps traditional beef and pork meatballs for ones made with turkey. Indulgence with decency.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
A red Dutch oven filled with beer-braised chicken with root vegetables on a wooden surface.

Beer Braised Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are coaxed to incredible taste and tenderness in this stew that sneaks in root vegetables bathed in beer. Simple to make. Complex in taste. Unforgettable all around.

  • (11)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 39
A parchment-lined baking sheet with four roasted cod fillet on top of roasted potatoes slices and topped with lemon slices

Roasted Cod With Lemon and Potatoes

“The epitome of success.” “Simple yet elegant.” “I definitely will be making this again and again.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe. Sorta makes you forget it’s healthy.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
A pile of homemade graham crackers on a marble table with a glass of milk nearby

Homemade Graham Crackers

This graham cracker recipe has it all over store-bought crackers. No contest. And a glass of milk on the side doesn’t do any harm.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
Four curried cauliflower and potato pasties in a metal baking dish with a pink and white striped towel on the edge.

Curried Cauliflower and Potato Pasties

You’ll feel as if you’ve created something worthy of The Great British Baking Show when you toss together these nuanced curry-filled pastries.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A glazed lemon pull-apart coffee cake on a wooden board with a spoon and jar of glaze beside it.

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

“Absolutely the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in a long time!” That’s what we’re hearing about this buttery, citrusy, playfully easy-to-eat coffee cake. We’re not arguing with that sentiment.

  • (20)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 88