Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

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
  • 0

Roasted Sweet Potato and 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.

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  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
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
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

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

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
Plate of pumpkin spice toffee--made with toffee, pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and pecans

Pumpkin Spice Toffee

All that familiar autumnal spice loveliness in perhaps the only pumpkin spice incarnation you’ve yet to try.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
An oval pan filled with a whole roast chicken with sumac, surrounded by roasted carrots, garlic, lemon wedges; a bowl of yogurt, sumac, and olive oil nearby

Sumac Roast Chicken

A subtle tweak to an ordinary roast hen can make all the difference. Here a single Middle Eastern spice elevates an everyday roast hen to something special. Something very special.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
A bowl of pressure cooker mussels with saffron sprinkled with chopped parsley and in a yellow broth set in another bowl on top of a napkin

Pressure Cooker Mussels with Saffron

Quicker than quick, this recipe takes fast-cooking mussels and makes them even faster. And that’s to say nothing of the recipe’s lovely saffron-infused cream sauce bathing your mollusks.

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  • 20 M
  • 25 M
  • 0