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.

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, it’s hearty braised greens, and it sprinkling of za’atar, it’s not something we’d kick out of bed.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Ten bags of spiced popcorn with assorted flavors

Spiced Popcorn

Movie-watching must. Nostalgic nosh. Low-calorie something to satisfy. Sexy little something to knock back with cocktails as a pre-dinner party teaser. Popcorn has its moods. This recipe fits them all.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A scalloped metal plate filled with lamb curry and sprinkled with cilantro

Lamb Curry | Rogan Josh

Folks are calling this the best Rogan Josh they’ve ever tried. Made with marinated lamb and a Kashmiri chili-spiked tomato sauce, it’s the real deal.

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  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
A blue plate piled with a stack of griddle cakes

Griddle Cakes

In the words of at least one person who’s made these light and fluffy griddle cakes, they’re “hands-down the best pancakes I have ever made!”

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 9
A blue and white plate filled with moo goo gai pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan

A slightly upscale version of the “moo goo gai pan” you know as the safe Chinese takeout menu option.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2
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.

A close up of vegan nachos made with seitan, plus a sour lime cream, cashew, pickled red onions, avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro

Vegan Nachos

Imagine a world in which everyone could tuck into the same platter of nachos with gusto. World peace starts here, folks.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Potato and Chickpea Stew

Potato and Chickpea Stew

Yet another failproof recipe from Deborah Madison that’s hearty and healthy and satisfying beyond words.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
Gray speckled bowl of beet salad with feta and pumpkin seeds, along with spinach and sliced red onions

Beet Salad with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

A stunning jumble of ingredients you’ll forget are healthy the moment you take a bite. Sweet roasted beets. Peppery watercress. Tangy feta. And a perfectly balanced vinaigrette.

  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 2
A woman with a Vitamix filled with spinach, mango, and milk

How to Make a Perfect Smoothie

It doesn’t take an engineering degree to make a decent smoothie. Although it does take a little know-how to make one that makes you want to drink your veggies. Here’s how.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Four handmade bowls of green-speckled creamy broccoli soup with feta

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Made with potatoes, broccoli, and vegetable stock, this is rich, velvety, and comforting as heck. And nary a drop of cream although you’d never guess that by tasting it. A light drizzle of tangy feta yogurt sauce makes it something sorta special.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Four small crocks of pumpkin pots de creme--pumpkin pudding topped with crumbled cookie and whipped cream

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

These fancy-sounding desserts are essentially creamy custards that come together with very little time or effort from half-and-half, brown sugar, pumpkin, eggs, and warm spices. So good you’re gonna want them year round.

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  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 0