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.

A partially sliced loaf of cream cheese pound cake with lemon glaze.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Everything you would imagine in a pound cake. Buttery. Indulgent. Moist. Rich. And with a perfectly balanced and ever so slightly puckery lemon glaze.

A white bowl filled with stir-fried lettuce, topped with sesame seeds on a white wooden surface.

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Stir-fried lettuce. Not what you were thinking about doing with that head of romaine languishing in the fridge? Think again.

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Two Hog Island grilled cheese sandwiches in a skillet with some cheese melting from them.

Hog Island Grilled Cheese

This much-ballyhooed ‘wich from Hog Island Oyster Bar in San Francisco is stuffed with fromage blanc, Gruyère, Cheddar, and Havarti.

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  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 12
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 it.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
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A green bowl filled with sautéed bacon, mushrooms, and lentils with a whole piece of bacon on top.

Sautéed Bacon, Mushrooms, and Lentils

It may seem criminal to bathe the walloping nutrition of lentils and mushrooms in anything but wholesomeness, but there’s something to be said for quality of life. Hello, bacon!

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 42
Two bowls of polenta with greens, topped with grated Parmesan and crispy bread crumbs.

Polenta With Greens

Comfort food at its finest—creamy polenta, packed with leafy greens and Parmesan. Full of nutritious veggies and on the table in 45 minutes. You’re welcome.

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A white plate topped with a spring panzanella made with tomatoes, bread, asparagus, and Parmesan. A small plate of additional shaved Parmesan sits beside it.

Spring Panzanella

For when you just can’t wait until midsummer for your fave Italian bread salad.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
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