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 earthenware bowl filled with curried butternut squash and beets, on a plate with a fork resting beside the bowl

Curried Butternut Squash and Beets

Not your standard roast vegetable side dish. Not at all. And all it takes is adding a pinch of curry powder and a generous splash of lime. So simple. So spectacular.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Several low ball glasses filled with pink sbagliato

Pink Sbagliato

A stunning if subtly pink cross of all the best characteristics of a negroni and a Champagne cocktail. Cin cin!

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
A decorative metal serving bowl filled with fried rice with leftovers and a bowl of jalapeño garlic vinegar on the side

Fried Rice With Leftovers

A superlative version of the classic clean-out-the-fridge stir-fry that reinvents leftovers. Beware the optional but addictive jalapeño garlic vinegar.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A mushroom goat cheese pizza topped with dandelion leaves cut into six slices

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza

Just when you thought there was nothing new in pizza, this thin-crusted beauty up levels your usual takeout with sous vide mushrooms, creamy goat cheese, and arugula.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A ball of whole wheat pizza dough on a floured surface

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Yes, you can make a decent—actually, spectacular—pizza dough with whole wheat flour that gives you all the yeasty, crusty, hand-stretched goodness you want and deserve. Here’s how.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
An unsliced loaf of brown soda bread with a knife resting beside it

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 a borrowed Irish birthright.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Catalan lamb skewers on sliced cucumbers topped with a romesco sauce

Catalan Lamb Skewers

A Catalan dish consisting of a Moroccan-inspired marinade, a spoon-licking-good Spanish pepper sauce, and a cooling Middle Eastern cucumber-yogurt salad. Our sorta fusion food.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 5 H
  • 0
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. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 63
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, its hearty braised greens, and it sprinkling of za’atar, it’s not something we’d kick out of bed.

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  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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
  • 13