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 overhead view into a glass of canchanchara with ice.

Cuban Cachaca Cocktail

You may not be able to travel to Cuba. But you can certainly still experience a little flair of its traditional cocktail scene.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
A pot of raspberry jam with framboise being added to it.

Raspberry Jam With Framboise

No, making homemade jam doesn’t need to be a big production. Not with the right recipe, anyways. This small batch raspberry preserves shows you how simple it can be.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Three Collins glasses filled with Lillet tonic and topped with a grapefruit wedge.

Lillet Tonic

Sorta like a wine spritzer but with all the lovely nuances that the iconic French aperitif brings to the party.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A small batch of everyone’s fave spring preserves that comes together with ease and melds the intoxicating taste, texture, and fragrance of strawberries mingled with rhubarb. No canning required.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

A swoon-worthy collision of creamy cheesecake and cakey brownie and sweetly tart raspberries that you simply gotta taste to believe.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
A black skillet containing a cheese omelet, topped with chives and Gruyere

Cheese Omelet

A magnificently indulgent omelet for two that’s exactly what you make when you’re feeling like reveling in something simple yet still sophisticated and is perfect at any time of day.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A black and white decorative platter filled with Tuscan roast pork and scattered with bay leaves

Tuscan Roast Pork

An Italian classic. Pork loin is rubbed with an intoxicating blend of garlic, rosemary, and sage and then slowly roasted until sigh-inducingly tender. Easy, elegant and certain to impress.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
A bowl filled with Sichuan tofu noodles and a pair of chopsticks resting beside

Mapo Tofu Ramen

An easy and comforting mash-up of Chinese mapo tofu and Japanese ramen in a mouth-tingling sauce with plenty of chiles.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
Several irregularly shaped pieces of miso glazed tofu on a black slate background

Miso Glazed Tofu

Lunch just got a lot less boring thanks to this simple miso glaze that packs a touch of heat and a wallop of umami.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0