Deborah Wallace, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Deborah Wallace has tested.

Deborah Wallace

Deborah Wallace was inspired as a child to learn to bake through eating the sweet treats that came out of her mother and grandmother’s kitchens. For years, as a self-taught baker she volunteered (practically demanded) to bring dessert to every gathering and loved to satisfy the sweet teeth of her family and friends. It wasn’t until well into her career creating training programs that she decided it was time to take the leap and head off to culinary school. So, she applied to the local professional culinary school’s pastry program, quit her job, and spent the next year learning to bake. After working in some professional kitchens, she returned to her previous career, continued bringing the desserts to gatherings, and started recipe testing for Leite’s Culinaria.

Bowl of turkey chili surrounded by bowls of sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro, and lime on a slab of wood

Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

The perfect combination of heartiness and healthy. But no worries, you’d never guess from the taste that it’s anything but indulgent as heck.

A red bowl filled with creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta with a red cloth napkin on the side.

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

This creamy vegetarian pasta dish, made with rigatoni, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and lemony ricotta, is on the table in just 30 minutes. Sounds like a weeknight winner to us.

A white plate topped with crispy smashed potato salad sprinkled with pancetta and chives and topped with a creamy dressing.

Crispy Smashed Potato Salad

Smashed potatoes, crispy pancetta, charred scallions, and a creamy yogurt and mayo dressing get tossed together in this easy side dish that you’ll keep coming back to.

A dozen hazelnut thyme matchsticks in a glass

Hazelnut Thyme Matchsticks

Hazelnut thyme matchsticks are thin, crisp crackers made with ground hazelnuts, cheese, and butter. The matchsticks are perfect with soup or as a snack.

Almond roca in a green bowl, broken layers of chocolate, caramel, and sliced almonds, on striped fabric

Almond Roca

Studded with almonds and coated in silky chocolate, this roca—essentially toffee—is utterly impossible to resist. Give it as a holiday gift.

Skillet cauliflower pasta with farfalle, andouille sausage, spinach, and goat cheese in a cast iron pan, a wooden spoon and striped towel nearby.

Skillet Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted cauliflower. Andouille sausage. Spinach. Goat cheese. Bowtie pasta. What’s not to love about this quick weeknight meal? You’ll be fighting your loved ones for leftovers.

Three gluten-free apple pie muffins on a wooden chopping blocking with parchment paper and white bowls in the background.

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Muffins

Tasty and tender gluten-free muffins can be hard to master but these little beauties are simple and bake up with a light crumb and a topping that will knock your socks off.

A bowl of white beans and Tuscan kale, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

White Beans and Tuscan Kale

A satiating, simple meal that is Italian food at its best–full of robust flavors and easy prep. Serve as a side or on its own with a slice of homemade bread.

2 rectangular plates with scoops of dark chocolate gelato, one on a scoop and one in a cone, surrounded by squares of dark chocolate and a bowl of cocoa.

Dark Chocolate Gelato

Sweet, but not too sweet, and chocolatey (extra chocolatey, actually) gelato is smooth, silky, and rich. This sweet treat is for real chocolate lovers.

A large white platter filled with halved various colored cherry tomatoes, labneh balls, olive oil, and a sprinkle of spices.

Tomato Salad with Labneh

A simple little salad that uses height of summer tomatoes to great effect. A dash of Middle Eastern spices and salty cheese make it perfect.

A blue background with a white bowl filled with sliced peaches, tomatoes, red onions, basil, and chunks of bread.

Tomato and Peach Panzanella

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it’ll knock your socks off. If you’re not wearing socks this time of year, then it’ll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.