Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

Three bowls of chicken dan dan noodles with Sichuan tare.

Chicken Dan Dan Noodles

There are as many reasons to adore chicken Dan Dan noodles as there are variations on it. We’re particularly smitten with this one.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 19 H
  • 0
Three white bowls of pork and pinto beans chili on a metal tray with cornbread in a skillet

Pressure Cooker Pork and Pinto Bean Chili

This is why we have pressure cookers. Because they render an inexpensive cut of pork and plain pinto beans into a smoky, soulful, put-your-spoon-down-and-sigh chili in a fraction of the usual time.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
A half-full jar of honey barbecue sauce with a spoon dripping excess sauce back into the jar.

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Pantry ingredients and barely any effort yield you something that’s sweetly tangy and spicy that you’ll want to slather on ribs, wings, pulled pork, smoked or grilled chicken, burgers…

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
A whole two layer spiced carrot cake on a white cake stand with one slice cut from it on a plate with a fork beside it.

Spiced Carrot Cake

Not the carrot cake of your childhood. Unspeakably better. With an ever-so-slightly exotic edge of chai tea and cardamom that makes this childhood dessert all grown up.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 0
Three of Shirley's mile-high popovers.

Mile-High Popovers

Shirley Corriher, the doyenne of all things food science, divulges her foolproof secrets to gloriously golden and puffy popovers.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 7
A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 7