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 blue bowl filled with buttermilk ranch dressing with a spoon resting in it.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Creamy, cool, herby, and tangy, this homemade ranch dressing is unspeakably better than the stuff in a bottle or (shudder) envelope. Slather, drizzle, dunk, and dip away.

  • Quick Glance
  • 0
A slab of glazed pressure cooker ribs with a knife cutting between two ribs

Pressure Cooker Ribs

We confess, we’d never imagined you could turn ribs fall-off-the-bone tender in 30 minutes. Until this recipe made believers out of us.

  • (40)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 162
A white bowl filled with stir-fried lettuce, topped with sesame seeds on a white wooden surface.

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Stir-fried lettuce. Not what you were thinking about doing with that head of romaine languishing in the fridge? Think again.

  • (3)
  • 6
Eight pan-fried chicken tenders piled on paper towels on a plate.

Pan-Fried Chicken Tenders

Nearly everybody, no matter their age, loves chicken tenders. Crisp, golden, and gently spiced, your whole family will devour them.

  • Quick Glance
  • 2
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.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 20 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
A white bowl filled with pimento cheese and some saltine crackers topped with the cheese next to the bowl

Barbecue Pimento Cheese

Not all pimento cheese recipes are created equal. This one, with a touch of barbecue, definitely has an unfair advantage.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic that’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and flourless through and through.

  • (36)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 147
A white bowl with a serving of blueberry clafouti, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a spoon resting in the bowl.

Blueberry Clafouti

Clafouti came into creation, we suspect, when angels got a little indulgent while making breakfast and ended up with something that veered into the realm of dessert. Our sorta divine intervention.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 10
Two Philly cheesesteak sandwiches cut in half on a foil wrapper with a glass of beer in the background.

Philly Cheesesteak

This is the real deal sandwich from South Philly that’s had everyone talking for decades. Maybe it’s time you make it at home.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 7