Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

A white plate filled with charred corn salad and a halved lime and bowl of dressing on the side.

Charred Corn Salad

You just found your next sweet corn infatuation that’ll entice you night after night all the way through the end of summer.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Two glasses of lime soda and one glass of angostura orange.

Lime Soda

Bored by plain old water? Allow us to introduce you to your solution.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
A white oval platter filled with couscous that is topped with Middle Eastern chicken thighs, lemon slices, and chopped parsley.

Middle Eastern Chicken Thighs

Fast. Flavorful. And flaunting just enough Middle Eastern flair to intrigue but not frighten anyone. Even kids. Swear.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Two halves of grilled cheddar jalapeno popper sandwich stacked on top of each other

Grilled Cheddar-Jalapeño Popper Sandwich

A big fat sandwich of deliciousness. That’s how one person referred to this brilliant riff on the classic grilled cheese that’s salty, tangy, spicy, melty, and mood-lifting as heck.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Several irregularly shaped pieces of miso glazed tofu on a black slate background

Miso Glazed Tofu

Lunch just got a lot less boring thanks to this simple miso glaze that packs a touch of heat and a wallop of umami.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
An earthenware bowl filled with curried butternut squash and beets, on a plate with a fork resting beside the bowl

Curried Butternut Squash and Beets

Not your standard roast vegetable side dish. Not at all. And all it takes is adding a pinch of curry powder and a generous splash of lime. So simple. So spectacular.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Seven dirt bombs cooling on a wire rack, and one in a bowl of cinnamon sugar

Dirt Bombs

These wonders of wonders are irresistible cakey donuts baked in muffin tins that are spiked with nutmeg and cardamom and rolled in melted butter and cinnamon sugar.

  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Mini Staub skillets filed with kale shakshuka--eggs, kale, and spices

Kale Shakshuka

This is definitely not your classic shakshuka. But with its lilt of lemon, its hearty braised greens, and it sprinkling of za’atar, it’s not something we’d kick out of bed.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A baking sheet with seven chocolate pecan scones

Chocolate Pecan Scones

From the Barefoot Contessa herself, these chocolate pecan scones are packed with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and pecan chunks and are, predictably, flaky and tender pastry perfection.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A Red Truck Bakery apple cake on a cake stand being drizzled with maple glaze

Red Truck Bakery Apple Cake

A yearround charmer, this is sorta like Bundt cake gone to finishing school yet retains all the comforts of home. From the justifiably famous Red Truck Bakery in rural Virginia.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
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Roasted Sweet Potato-Brussels Sprouts Hash

An unconventional jumble of roast vegetables, crisp bacon, maple cinnamon pecans, and a dreamy, creamy maple-Sriracha yogurt sauce with a runny egg as a final flourish. Um. Yum.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A tub of vegan peanut butter pice cream with a bowl of two scoops on the site

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Made with just coconut milk, bananas, peanut butter, cacao, and honey. 5 ingredients that are healthy, easy, and ridiculously like ice cream when prepared in this manner.

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  • 10 M
  • 4 H, 10 M
  • 0
A man with a forkful of Anaheim green chile macaroni and cheese over a bowl of the same, with strands of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

This grown-up rendition of mac and cheese has a little more gusto in the form of mild heat. And that smattering of crushed tortilla chips, rather than bread crumbs, may be a game changer for you.

  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2