Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

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
Candied Maple Bacon

Maple-Candied Bacon

Dessert for breakfast. That’s the best we can do to convey–in words as opposed to contented moans, anyways–what this maple-candied bacon recipe means to us.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 1
A brown ceramic bowl filled with Portuguese fish chowder, made with fish, potatoes, chouriço, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Portuguese Fish Chowder

An intoxicatingly aromatic Portuguese classic that’s a tomato-based combo of stew and soup and chowder made of fish, potatoes, and chorizo.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 6
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.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 4