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.

A small dish filled with one minute mayo on a white cloth with a knife lying beside it.

One Minute Mayonnaise

If velvety, perfectly emulsified, homemade mayo has always seemed like an impossible dream, then read on. Before you know it, you’ll be realizing you never again need to buy store-bought mayo.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 10
Three white bowls of pork and pinto beans chili on a metal tray with cornbread in a skillet

Pressure Cooker Pork and Pinto Bean Chili

This is why we have pressure cookers. Because they render an inexpensive cut of pork and plain pinto beans into a smoky, soulful, put-your-spoon-down-and-sigh chili in a fraction of the usual time.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
Several lemon madeleines next to a madeleine pan and a bowl of lemon glaze nearby.

Lemon Madeleines

Let’s dispense with all the talk about Proust and time and just revel in these lemony little lovelies, shall we?

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 10
Two plates topped with kale caesar salad with roasted chickpeas on top and in a dish on the side.

Kale Caesar with Roast Chickpeas

Looking to shake up your salad? This even-healthier rendition adds kale to the usual romaine and swaps out carb-laden croutons for seriously the crispest roast chickpeas we’ve ever had.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Nine roast lemon chicken thighs in a round Dutch oven with lemon slices tucked between them.

Roast Lemon Chicken Thighs

In this simple one-pot supper, chicken thighs are bathed in a sauce that’s informed, though not overwhelmed, by lemon. Warning: You’re gonna wanna spoon that sauce onto everything.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A small cup of carrot ginger dressing with some drizzled over two pieces of lettuce lying beside it.

Carrot Ginger Dressing

This zippy little recipe is gonna liven up more than just salad greens, because trust us, you’re gonna wanna pour it over everything you think needs a burst of flavor.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A swirled gingerbread Bundt cake with a lemon glaze on top, all on wire rack over a sheet pan

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This gingerbread Bundt cake has all the warm spicy goodness of gingerbread cookies. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it’s gilded with a sassy sweet-tart citrus glaze.

  • (5)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 10
A cut loaf of lemon-poppy seed cake on a white background

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

A harmony of sweet citrus notes nudges the classic lemon poppy seed cake in a less one-dimensional direction here. We may even be thinking of this as a 5D cake.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A person dusting flour over a ball of quick pizza dough on a wooden table.

Quick Pizza Dough

A quick pizza dough—the easiest we’ve ever worked with—that rests for a mere hour yet turns out spectacularly well. Because pizza cravings don’t wait. Or at least ours don’t.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A mushroom pizza with ricotta cut into 8 slices on a piece of browned parchment paper.

Mushroom Pizza with Ricotta

A pizza that takes white pizza up a level with several kinds of cheeses and mushrooms and a dough that’s a cinch to toss together.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0