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.

Rhubarb Sour Recipe

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
Asparagus and herb salad with chopped parsley, basil, tarragon, and mint and a broken soft boiled egg on a plate, fork and knife

Asparagus and Herb Salad

The essence of spring. Just asparagus, herbs, lemon vinaigrette, and a soft-boiled egg. Lovely any time of day or night.

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  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Tray of classic dinner rolls glazed with butter, bowl of melted butter with a brush

Classic Dinner Rolls

Practically instant gratification with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rise and its straightforward mixing method. And oooooh the taste!

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
Three bowls of fennel and potato soup, topped with cracked pepper and a dribble of olive oil, spoons on the side

Fennel and Potato Soup

A marvie riff on the classic French potato and leek soup known as vichyssoise, this is astoundingly good. So much so you may just find yourself raising the bowl to your lips.

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  • 35 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
Flourless Almond Cake Recipe

Flourless Almond Cake

A flourless almond cake that’s French and flavorful, this amandier is crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 31
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.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Brown Soda Bread

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it your birthright.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Plastic container or North African chicken soup with shredded chicken, ras el hanout, couscous, and preserved lemon

North African Chicken Soup

We wish we always had a stash of this chicken soup recipe in the fridge to take to lunch as a soothing respite in the day.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Rye Pancakes Recipe with Maple Pears

Rye Pancakes with Maple-Pear Compote

Lest you worry these remarkably delicate, nutty rye pancakes being too ascetic, rest assured they go splendidly with the sweetness of pears sautéed in gobs of butter and maple syrup.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Martini glass filled with yellow Bee's Knees cocktail--honey, gin, and lemon--with a lemon twist

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Made with honey syrup, the aptly named Bee’s Knees cocktail has its origin in Prohibition, back when simplicity and sweet reigned supreme.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 0