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.

An octagonal bowl filled with tofu and vegetables in coconut milk on a colorful cloth with a large bowl in the background.

Tofu and Vegetables in Coconut Milk

A creamy chile-spiked curry loaded with vegetables. Yet the richness of the sauce sorta makes you forget you’re eating healthy. Swear.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A blue casserole dish filled with cauliflower macaroni & cheese with a yellow ladle and a bowl of herbs and napkin on the side.

Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Adults seeking lower-carb classics aren’t the only ones cleaning their plates of this cauliflower macaroni and cheese. Kids are even asking for seconds. It’s that phenomenal.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A white bowl of braised radishes on a marble countertop.

Braised Radishes

When subjected to gentle heat, radishes’ vibrant fire engine red fades to the palest shade of pink and their peppery rawness gives way to a complex nuttiness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A slab of glazed ribs with a knife cutting between two ribs

Pressure Cooker Ribs

We confess, we’d never imagined you could turn ribs fall-off-the-bone tender in 30 minutes. Until this recipe made believers out of us.

  • (38)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 156
A glass spice jar filled with cinnamon sugar, lying on its side with some cinnamon sugar poured out.

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar

Yes, a recipe for cinnamon sugar. Because ‪‎so often life leaves us wanting to be a kid again. And this proportion of cinnamon to sugar is the bomb.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
A black skillet containing a cheese omelet, topped with chives and Gruyere

Cheese Omelet

A magnificently indulgent omelet for two that’s exactly what you make when you’re feeling like reveling in something simple yet still sophisticated and is perfect at any time of day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 6
A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through.

  • (25)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 117
A brown paper bag with popped microwave popcorn spilling out of it.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Yes, you can make microwave popcorn on your own with just a brown paper bag. No artificial colors. No fake butter. No nasty preservatives. Bring on your next Netflix binge!

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Serving bowl and small bowl of French rice pudding topped with whipped cream, along with spoons on a lace tablecloth

Riz au Lait | French Rice Pudding

Riz au lait is another way of saying French rice pudding. So gosh darn easy and impossible to stop eating, it’s quite possibly the thing we love most about the French.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4