Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Elizabeth and Lena Alvarez has tested.

A small bowl of lemon wedges and two white bowls of deep purple summer borscht with a dollop or sour cream and sprinkling of chives in each.

Summer Borscht

An easy and elegant version of the traditional Russian winter soup that’s refreshing (and healthy) as heck.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with spaghetti topped with bread crumbs and a chunk of pecorino beside the bowl.

Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

Bet you’ve already got everything you need for this frugal pantry pasta. All you need now is 15 minutes to pull it together.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 12
Three bowls of vegan mango ice cream topped with mango slices.

Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Creamy. Indulgent. Easy. Healthy. Just three ingredients. And no ice cream maker required. (What are you waiting for?!)

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Four vials of natural food coloring--red, purple, yellow, and green

How To Make Natural Food Coloring

At last, after literally years of searching, we have the perfect DIY natural food coloring recipe. No preservatives. No artificial coloring. No monumental price tag.

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
Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 24
Two white bowls filled with soft ginger granola

Soft Ginger Granola

Gingersnap cookies in good-for-you granola disguise. That’s what you can expect from this irresistible soft ginger granola.

  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
An unsliced loaf of brown soda bread with a knife resting beside it

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it a borrowed Irish birthright.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
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
Three jars of slow cooker apple pear sauce on a white tray

Apple Pear Sauce

Applesauce gone to finishing school. That’s how we think of this apple pear sauce sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stovetop or slow cooker friendly.

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  • 20 M
  • 6 H, 20 M
  • 0

Roasted Sweet Potato-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.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A bowl of roasted curried cauliflower mixed with onions and topped with cilantro

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Buttermilk Dressing With Winter Crudites

Buttermilk Dressing With Winter Crudites

Whoever made up that silly rule about no white after Labor Day clearly has never stunned dinner guests with vegetables in shades of winter white and palest green.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
White bowl filled with salt and vinegar roasted potatoes topped with crumbled feta cheese and oregano

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

If you like your fries with plenty of salt and malt vinegar, or if you’re a fool for all things pickled, or if you’ve ever demolished a bag of your fave salt-and-vinegar chips in less time than it takes to inhale, you need these in your life.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0