Irene Seales, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Irene Seales has tested.

Irene Seales

Picking blackberries and peaches for canning, snacking on stalks of homegrown rhubarb, and rolling grape leaves just right, Irene learned to cook in her Greek motherʼs kitchen, where she worked her way up like any new line cook, eventually earning the privilege of assembling baklava under watchful guidance. Today, Irene views cooking as both a creative endeavor and a way to understand the world, savoring both the solitary meditations of chopping, slicing, and sautéing along with the unpredictable experiences inherent in cooking and eating good food with others. Her willingness to talk to anyone has led to shameless interrogations of waiters and chefs, baristas and bakers, farmers and butchers, and fellow home cooks. For Irene, the best seat is always at the kitchen counter, especially if it’s affogato time.

A blue bowl of cauliflower purée on a wooden table

Cauliflower Purée

Mashed potatoes this is not, although it does have a uniquely and really quite charming caulifloweriness all its own that we quite like.

  • Quick Glance
  • 6 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A white bowl of roast peaches topped with an easy granola of oats and almonds, Greek yogurt underneath

Roast Peaches with Easy Granola

Five-spice powder does magnificent things to roast peaches. And a sprinkling of the quickest and most perfect granola we’ve ever made seals the deal.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Confetti Quick Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

These kaleidoscopic little lovelies don’t require the typical processing and patience that classic pickles demand. Woohoo!

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
Best Dill Pickles

Quick Dill Pickles

Quick dill pickles. Or, as we like to say, quickles. Not just in terms of how short a time it takes between making them and crunch your way to bliss but also regarding how quickly they disappear.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 6
Cucumber Gimlet

Cucumber Gimlet

This cucumber gimlet, made with gin, cucumber, simple syrup, and lime, is a classic cocktail with a twist. Or rather, a slice–of cucumber!

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A deeply browned grilled rack on lamb sitting on a black surface

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Intoxicating. Easy. Perfect. Gratifying. That’s what folks are saying about this unexpected but uncommonly good grilling recipe that’ll elevate any meal to magnificent.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A green plate of grilled fresh figs with country ham wrapped over mascarpone cheese, and blue cheese

Grilled Fresh Figs with Country Ham

Plump figs are slathered with blue cheese and mascarpone cheese, wrapped in southern country ham, and grilled. Consummate finger food before the barbecue.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A white plate of zucchini linguine--with pasta, zucchini, garlic, capers, mint, dill, and cheese with a fork

Zucchini Linguine

This zucchini linguine is a panoply of summer abundance with summer squash and herbs crowding out the usual pasta sauce suspects. No complaints here.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A raspberry crostata--a rustic tart with the crust folded over a filling of raspberries--on a sheet of parchment

Raspberry Crostata

Sometimes a pie craving is just too strong to wait for a plate and fork and fussily crimping a top crust. Enter this easy peasy yet elegant crostata.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 2
Baked Feta

Baked Feta and Figs

“Comes together in no time.” “Immensely delicious.” “A keeper.” That’s what folks are saying about this ridiculously easy yet elegant appetizer (or, who are we kidding, simple summer supper).

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Spiced Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower Tagine

Best Negroni

We upended the proportions of gin, vermouth, and Campari to create a better, stiffer, spiffier negroni cocktail.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4