Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

A wok filled with stir-fried spinach with miso and ginger and a colander with fresh spinach beside the wok.

Stir-Fried Spinach with Miso and Ginger

A fast, easy, and unbelievably enticing way to get your greens. (And a perfect way to use up that container of miso in the back of your fridge.)

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A black rectangular serving dish filled with slices of roasted squash with chile and honey, slices of roasted tofu, scallions, squeezed lime halves, and sesame seeds.

Roasted Squash with Chile and Honey

A little chile and honey elevate roasted squash to another dimension entirely. Trust us. This is not your typical roasted winter squash.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
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.

  • 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.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 4
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