Deb L., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Deb L. has tested.

Three crab cakes with ritz crackers on a metal tray with a small bowl of lemon butter, lemon wedges, and dill sprigs nearby.

Crab Cakes With Ritz Crackers

Plump little bits of crab and not much else, these morsels are better than typical crab cakes. A crisp crust and a buttery lemon sauce are all it takes to make dinner perfect.

A black bowl filled with Macanese Portuguese chicken curry with dishes of naan and lemon wedges beside it.

Macanese Portuguese Chicken Curry

Richly flavored, not too spicy, and umami-packed, this curry won rave reviews from our testers. The sauce is perfectly suited to mopping up with piles of naan bread, too.

A bowl filled with sweet tea brined fried chicken with a bottle of Cholula hot sauce in the background and a plate of more fried chicken.

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken

Crisp fried chicken and cool sweet tea. A combination of the South’s two fave things in which a 24-hour marinade subtly suffuses the chicken with the summeriness of tea and lemon.

A skillet filled with shrimp with chorizo and toasted bread slices on the side.

Shrimp With Chorizo

What did our discerning testers say about this recipe? “Wildy satisfying.” “Zesty.” “Quick and tasty.” “A marriage made in heaven.” “A stunning nosh.” And they should know.

A white plate full of dry fried green beans with crumbled pork and a pair of chopsticks on the side.

Dry-Fried Green Beans

Your fave Sichuan restaurant meal at home. Finally. Time to experience the beauty of wok cooking delivering levels of intense flavor in just a few minutes.

A rectangular dish filled with curry chicken pot pie and topped with puff pastry.

Curry Chicken Pot Pie

East meets west when warming Indian spices collide with traditional chicken pot pie. Guaranteed to leave you feeling sated and sublime.

A square white bowl filled with Instant Pot pork pozole, garnished with radish, shredded cheese, lime, and cilantro, with a spoon resting in it.

Instant Pot Pork Pozole

A classic, revised for weeknights, yet it retains its richly spiced broth that’ll keep you coming back for more. It’s just quicker for anytime indulging.

A slab of glazed pressure cooker ribs with a knife cutting between two ribs

Pressure Cooker Ribs

We confess, we’d never imagined you could turn ribs fall-off-the-bone tender in 30 minutes. Until this recipe made believers out of us.

A stack of buttermilk pancakes on a white plate with a pat of butter on top and syrup running down the sides.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Got buttermilk? Then you’re halfway to a pile of tender and fluffy pancakes. Breakfast-for-dinner never sounded so good.

Three slices of classic French toast on a white plate with a pat of butter on top and a fork on the side.

Classic French Toast

This classic manner of putting stale bread to good use seems like anything but penance in this rightfully indulgent take.