Chiyo Ueyama, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Chiyo Ueyama has tested.

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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.

A shrimp burger with tartar sauce, topped with lettuce in a white bun on a piece of parchment paper.

Shrimp Burgers

Know that bag of forgotten shrimp you bought on sale that’s languishing in your freezer? Start defrosting it. Here’s the ideal use for it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Nine glazed soft maple cookies with a Pyrex container of glaze behind them.

Glazed Soft Maple Cookies

Soft and tender and almost cake-like—some would say even pancake-like. A lovely reminder that yes, maple cookies are completely appropriate at the breakfast table.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A peach berry sonker in a square baking dish with one serving missing.

Peach Berry Sonker

That’s right. Sonker. And it’s the simple yet unforgettable fruit dessert–sorta like pie meets cobbler—that you’ve been missing your entire life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 2
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. Thank goodness for that. And thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y, kid-friendly quick bread.

  • (25)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 72
Four roast chicken thighs with lemon in a cast-iron skillet set on a wooden board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Roast Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender, juicy meat. And pan juices you’re gonna wanna sop up or soak up rather than let a drop go to waste.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A blue and white platter filled with couscous salad with fennel and almonds with a torn baguette and a couple of glasses of white wine beside it.

Couscous Salad with Fennel and Almonds

You could, of course, serve couscous plain. But why?! Makes little sense when you can quickly and easily toss in almonds and lemon and tuna and shaved fennel and literally be astounded.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A skillet cheeseburger with arugula and a pile of fries on a white plate.

The Skillet Cheeseburger

There’s no scarcity of seductiveness in this Seattle-style redux of a classic cheeseburger. The secret’s in the super melty cambozola cheese and the slathering of bacon jam. (Bacon jam!)

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A person removing a slice of fresh tomato tart with a lifter and a bowl of pesto and black pepper on the side.

Fresh Tomato Tart

A perfectly flaky crust. A simple goat cheese filling. Some fresh pesto. And those spectacular heirloom tomatoes sitting on your counter. Surprisingly simple. Impressively spectacular.

  • (5)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 12
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