Gene C., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Gene C. has tested.

White bowl of dark beef chili with chocolate on a black slab

Easy Cincinnati Chili

Regardless of whether you’re from Cincinnati or have ever experienced Cincinnati chili, you’ve gotta try this recipe. Trust us.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 19
A dark grey rectangular baking dish half filled with four cheese macaroni and cheese and a metal spoon lifting a scoop out.

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Witness this macaroni and cheese with fontina, Gorgonzola, pecorino, and Parm.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1
A white bowl filled with lentil soup and topped with fried chiles, greek yogurt, and cilantro

Moroccan Lentil Soup

“Amazing.” “Wonderful.” “Warm satisfaction.” “Won the make-it-again award.” “Easy.” “Quick.” That’s what we’re hearing about this luxuriously satiating soup.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
A cheddar and potato latke topped with chives and applesauce on a plate with a spoonful of sour cream beside the latke.

Cheddar and Potato Latkes

Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and pretty damn indulgent with gooey Cheddar through and through.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Four mugs filled with chili con carne with one spoon resting inside a mug and four others laying beside the mugs.

Chili con Carne

“Outstanding!” “A sophisticated uptown chili.” “The bomb.” That’s what we’re hearing about this classic chili con carne recipe.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 4
A skillet filled with pan seared scallops cooked in butter

Pan Seared Scallops

Perhaps the easiest and most elegant dinner conceivable. Here’s how to cook your pricey (and worth every penny) sea scallops to perfection.

  • (4)
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 27
A pot roast with potatoes and vegetables on a decorative platter with a serving fork on the platter and a napkin on the side.

Easy Pot Roast, Potatoes, and Vegetables

This classic, hearty, homey dish—just like something your grandma used to make—is the perfect one-pot meat and potatoes meal. Includes oven as well as slow cooker instructions.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 4 H
  • 21
A child eating a bowl of cooked pasta with red sauce.

Red Sauce ~ Sugo di Pomodoro

“Simple, quick, and delicious.” “Elegant.” “It sure as heck is good.” That’s what folks are saying about this easy weeknight supper.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Sheet pan of oven-roasted chicken thighs, topped with salt and pepper

Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs

“Simple.” “Perfect.” “The moistest chicken with the crispest skin we’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this easy peasy, crowd-pleasing, weeknight-friendly technique.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
A cooked medium-rare salt-crusted beef tenderloin sitting in a pan of salt

Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

The perfect special occasion recipe—Christmas, birthdays, dinner parties—that comes already wrapped like the gift that it is.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4
An oval dish filled with a chicken, sweet potato, and bacon casserole topped with melted cheese

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Casserole

“Simple.” “Delicious.” “Awesome.” “Lovely.” “Wonderful.” “What’s not to love?” That’s what folks are saying about this almost obscenely satisfying casserole.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2
Three German Berliners, or jelly doughnuts, with raspberry jam spilling out on a plate with a cup of coffee

Berliners ~ Jelly Doughnuts

These jelly-filled German lovelies are almost identical to American jelly doughnuts save for their sparer sweetness. No complaints here.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 6
Skillet with shredded braised beef with red wine pasta and carrots

Braised Beef with Red Wine Pasta

With all due respect, your go-to recipe for beef stew falls short of this magnificent melding of beef, wine, and pasta. No contest.

  • (1)
  • 2 H
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 4
Long strips of fresh homemade red wine pasta laid on a wooden board

Homemade Red Wine Pasta

When we say this intensely hued pasta is simply stunning, we mean it’s visually breathtaking. Also that it comes together so simply it stuns us.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4