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.

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).

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
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
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

All natural. No artificial colors or flavors. Family friendly. Adult approved. And as delicious as any mint chip ice cream we’ve ever tasted.

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  • 20 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Bacon Bourbon

Bacon-Infused Bourbon

Bacon. Bourbon. Boom. The smokiness of cured pork lends its subtle loveliness to the South’s smoothest booze.

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  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 4
Perfect Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon

A ridiculously easy way to cook bacon for a crowd. No fuss. No standing at the stovetop. No spatters.

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 46
Plate of oven-baked barbecue ribs slathered in sauce with more sauce on the side

Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs

We’re all familiar with the glory of ribs slowly smoked in the backyard. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t agree with our barbecue plans. Thankfully there’s this recipe.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
Cutting board with char siu pork--a pork tenderloin slathered with char siu sauce--and more sauce and the side

Char Siu Pork

A modern riff on a Cantonese classic. This leaner version relies on pork tenderloin rather than more indulgent cuts but tastes every bit as authentic as the real deal and is redolent of five spice powder, garlic, and ginger.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Ramekin with a parmesan souffle on a white plate, spoon, white tablecloth

Parmesan Soufflés

These elegant Parmesan soufflés are really easy to make. Honest. Seventeen minutes of effort until you have a towering creation.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Light and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

“The best scrambled eggs that I have ever made!” “Light, fluffy, slightly moist.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This small batch of everyone’s fave spring preserves has got it all—taste, texture, ease, and lord oh lord, that intoxicating fragrance of strawberries and rhubarb. No prior canning experience required.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. And ever so slightly smoky. We think you can understand why we’re swooning to these bacon drippings tortillas.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
Rhubarb Sour

Rhubarb Sour

A rhubarb sour made with gin is probably not how your grandma chose to use those sweetly tart spring stalks. Her loss.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Four fillets of maple glazed salmon of a white square platter

Maple Glazed Salmon

Crazy weeknight dinners just got a heck of a lot less stressful thanks to this maple glazed salmon. Five ingredients. 10 minutes of effort. And dinner is done. Swear.

  • 10 M
  • 9 H, 15 M
  • 2
Cast iron pot with braised new potatoes inside

Braised New Potatoes

All the rich creaminess of potatoes sloooooowly roasted with your favorite hunk of meat. But in just 30 minutes on the stovetop. The secret? Braise ’em in butter.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0