Debbie Vargo, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Debbie Vargo has tested.

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
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.

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  • 1 H
  • 19 H
  • 0
Nine crispy smashed potatoes with herbs on a baking sheet.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Herbs

Imagine the crispness of a French fry colliding with the fluffiness of a baked potato. That’s what this recipe delivers. You’re welcome.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
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.

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  • 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
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.

  • (1)
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 2
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