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 cast-iron skillet filled with eggplant shakshuka made with poached eggs in a tomato and eggplant sauce, with feta scattered over the top.

Eggplant Shakshuka

The sultry, smoky flavor of ras el hanout permeates this simple supper of eggs in tomato sauce, which takes on more sustenance than usual thanks to late-summer eggplant.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Three and a half quick dill pickles, dill seed, and a sprig of dill on a decorative white plate.

Quick Dill Pickles

Or, as we like to say, quickles. And we mean quick not just in terms of how little time they take to make. But also in terms of how quickly they’ll disappear as you’re blissing out on them.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 6
A ball of burrata for burrata with grilled bread sitting in a few tablespoons of oil in a white bowl.

Burrata with Grilled Bread

This is less a recipe and more a reminder as to the fact that some nights, simple cheese and bread and olive oil makes a perfectly respectable—enviable, even—supper.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 8
A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

This rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet still loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests it’s just as impressive. Pretty easy math.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
Two bone-in grilled Cambodian pork chops on a plate.

Cambodian Pork Chops

“A revelation.” “Beyond our expectations.” “Deceptively simple.” “I don’t have enough superlatives to describe these beauties.” That’s what we’re hearing about these grilled lovelies.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H, 10 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 overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime.” That’s what folks are saying about this spectacularly simple smoothie that has made converts of even avowed kale loathers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A person holding a black bean burger filled with spinach, tomato, onion, and asparagus.

Black Bean Burger

Easy. Healthy. Spicy. Vegan. And satiating as heck. That’s what you get from this inspired collision of ingredients that come together in the form of a veggie burger.

  • (2)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 8
A diner-style dispenser half-filled with blueberry syrup.

Blueberry Syrup

Brings back memories of that sticky, cloyingly sweet blueberry syrup from breakfasts at the diner as a child. Yet recreates it with so much more class.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
A mason jar mostly filled with pickled cherries, pickling liquid, star anise, and a cinnamon stick.

Pickled Cherries

An easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season that’s tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly irresistible.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 16