About Irene Seales

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.

About Irene Seales, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Irene Seales has tested.

Pressure Cooker Ribs Recipe

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.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 74
Pickled Cherries Recipe

Pickled Cherries

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

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Best Dill Pickles Recipe

Quick Dill Pickles

Quick dill pickles. And we do mean quick. Not just in terms of how soon they disappear but in terms of how long—or short—you have to wait before you can crunch your way to happiness.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 6
Squash Blossom Quesadillas Recipe

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

With one taste of these quesadillas, we sighed and said, “Okay, so THAT’S what you’re supposed to do with squash blossoms!”

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier Cocktail

A riff on the Negroni, this undersung and exceptionally smooooooooth drink is made with just bourbon, Negroni, and vermouth. Excuse us while we go pour ourselves another.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Black Bean Taquitos Recipe

Black Bean Taquitos

So lovely you’re not even going to notice that they’re vegetarian. But your guests will appreciate that fact. And you’ll appreciate the taste.

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  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Apricot Galette Recipe

Apricot Galette

This perfectly imperfect galette is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests its equally impressive. Do the math.

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Zucchini Salad Recipe

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
Rainbow Chard Salad Recipe

Rainbow Chard Salad

This rainbow chard salad teaches you the magnificence that is Swiss chard when served ever so slightly cooked with walnuts and cheese.

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Breakfast Burger Recipe

Breakfast Burger

Made with egg, bacon, Cheddar, and a brioche bun, this breakfast burger certainly sounds like breakfast to us!

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Blueberry Pie Recipe

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie. The mere mention of it sorta makes you wanna stop everything and sprint to the kitchen, doesn’t it? This pie is soooooooooo worth the interruption to your day.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Black Sesame Ice Cream Recipe

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Despite being vegan and dairy-free (it’s made with coconut milk), this black sesame ice cream is still exceptionally creamy and boasts a beguiling taste. You sorta gotta experience it for yourself.

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  • 40 M
  • 4 H
  • 2