Duane DeMello, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Duane DeMello has tested.

A broken slice of banana bread stacked on a white plate

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves. And that everyone pretty much always has the ingredients for on hand.

  • (22)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 88
A stack of five lemon, thyme, and sea-salt shortbreads on a wooden board with a dish of sea salt and a lemon beside them.

Thyme, Lemon, and Sea Salt Shortbread

More savory than sweet, these shortbread go magnificently with booze of any sorts, from the most genteel of cocktails to your go-to wine from the corner store.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 7
Pork Chops with Vinegar and Sweet Peppers

Pork Chops with Vinegar and Sweet Peppers

One-skillet cooking is going to draw compliments galore for the way these pork chops turn tender and the tangy bell pepper pan sauce makes a terrific and tangy side.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 6
A white cake stand with four spirals of pumpernickel bread, salmon mousse, and smoked salmon

Salmon Mousse Pinwheels

Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
A glass filled with margarita granita, topped with a lime sprig and a spoon resting in the glass.

Margarita Granita

No mere cocktail and not just dessert, this margarita granita falls somewhere blissfully, intoxicatingly in between. Yet is still as satisfying as if you’d had both.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 11 H
  • 0
A tandoori chicken wrap with lettuce, chicken, in a flour tortilla

Tandoori Chicken Wraps

Inspired by classic tandoori chicken, these wraps meld warming spices with a cooling mint-yogurt dip for an altogether enticing Middle Eastern-inspired creation.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 9
A bowl filled with jambalaya and topped with duck and sausage

Duck Jambalaya

Jambalaya get a new look with this recipe. Duck breasts are grilled then added to the pot along with rice, ham, onions, and bell peppers. Hot and spicy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
A white bowl of savory bread pudding with bacon, peppers, and spinach on top of a folded napkin

Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon

This bread pudding is filled with bacon, peppers, spinach, and cheese making it a one-dish meal. It’s ideal for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but it works for the remaining 363 days, too.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 6
Shrimp Paste

Shrimp Paste

Shrimp paste is a classic southern treat. Small shrimp is blended with butter, shallots, and spices. Smear the shrimp paste on biscuits or toast points.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A ceramic bowl filled with oyster stew with several oysters in the center and a spoon resting beside the bowl.

Oyster Stew

This oyster stew, rich with cream and plump with oysters, is a classic and consummate first course for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 3