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 pile of Portuguese peixinhos da horta (tempura green beans) draining on brown paper in a strainer, a spider spatula nearby

Peixinhos da Horta ~ Tempura Green Beans

Portuguese peixinhos da horta. Tempura green beans. Whatever you call them, they’re disturbingly easy to toss back one after the other while standing at the stove. And that’s not a bad thing in our book.

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  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Casserole dish of acquacotta maremmana, a thick, slow-cooked stew of vegetables, poured over a slice of stale bread with poached eggs on top

Acquacotta

Acquacotta. It may become your new favorite word after you take a taste of it. Sorta like shakshuka, it’s Italian bread soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially tomatoes, onions, and chiles gilded with poached eggs and a little Parmesan.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A pan lined with parchment paper containing sliced roasted beets, chunks of feta cheese, a dressing, and a spoon

Roasted Beets with Feta

Earthy beets. Salty cheese. There’s something stunning about the contrast between the two. Tasting is believing.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
Two blue glass plates with scoops of Turkish coffee ice cream, and a spoon

Turkish Coffee Ice Cream

Folks are saying this is the simplest ice cream recipe they’ve ever made. They’re also calling it the most satisfying.

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  • 10 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2
Two soft corn tacos filled with vegan cauliflower tacos al pastor--with pineapple chunks, pickled onions, cashew queso, avocado, cilantro

Vegan Cauliflower Tacos Al Pastor

With spiced cauliflower, chunks of pineapple, pickled red onions, avocado, and cashew queso, who needs meat?! (Just kidding.)

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

We’ve tested a lot of pasta alla Norma recipes in our day, and we gotta say, after trying this one, we’re calling it quits on our search for the perfect pasta alla Norma. This is it.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 10
Zucchini Salad

Shaved Zucchini Salad

A jumble of raw shaved vegetables that comes together easily, tastes magnificent, and doesn’t even require you to turn on the stove. Sounds like a summer staple to us.

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  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Apricot Daiquiris

Apricot Daiquiri

This apricot daiquiri is gonna erase your outdated notion of the daiquiri as a cloying girlie blender drink. And it’s gonna exponentially up your summer entertaining game.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 2
Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

“Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “Like eating cake.” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this unconventional cornbread.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 41
A blue bowl of cauliflower purée on a wooden table

Cauliflower Purée

Mashed potatoes this is not, although it does have a uniquely and really quite charming caulifloweriness all its own that we quite like.

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  • 6 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A white bowl of roast peaches topped with an easy granola of oats and almonds, Greek yogurt underneath

Roast Peaches with Easy Granola

Five-spice powder does magnificent things to roast peaches. And a sprinkling of the quickest and most perfect granola we’ve ever made seals the deal.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Confetti Quick Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

These kaleidoscopic little lovelies don’t require the typical processing and patience that classic pickles demand. Woohoo!

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  • 25 M
  • 1 D
  • 0