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 white bowl filled with quick posole topped with avocado with a lime wedge on the side.

Quick Posole With Pork

Despite this recipe having a cheater-like approach with a surprisingly short ingredient list and no waiting all day for it to be done, it tastes remarkably like the real deal. Swear.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
A cup of cappuccino on a saucer with milk being poured into it.

How To Make Cappuccino

Simple, classic Italian coffee fare. Nothing is quite as satisfying as a good cup of cappuccino first thing in the morning. And second thing. And third…

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
A panko crusted pork tenderloin with rosemary being sliced on a wooden cutting board.

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin With Rosemary

The sort of simple dish that looks (and tastes!) like you spent all day preparing it but, in reality, requires only a handful of pantry ingredients and is completely doable on a weeknight.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A woman with a Vitamix filled with spinach, mango, and milk

How to Make a Perfect Smoothie

It doesn’t take an engineering degree to make a decent smoothie. Although it does take a little know-how to make one that makes you want to drink your veggies. Here’s how.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
One whole wheat chocolate chip cookie pulled in two

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

We pinky swear these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies don’t taste healthy. Not even remotely. Quite the contrary. Experience why folks are calling this their new go-to cookie recipe.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 7
Three glasses of Champagne cocktail with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Bowl of black-eyed peas in a tomato broth on a sheet of wood

Black-Eyed Pea Stew

This classic brings good luck to all who partake on New Year’s Day. Or so says Southern tradition. We can’t vouch for that, but we can vouch for it’s ability to bring sated appetites.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 16
A roasting pan filled with spicy roasted Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and a sprinkling of macadamia nuts.

Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Perhaps the most surprising crucifers we’ve experienced in a while. They’r tossed with a fragrant, warming spice blend and finished with—surprise!—dried cranberries and macadamia nuts. Wonders never cease.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
A panettone studded with dried fruit on a silver platter with a couple of wedges cut from it.

Panettone

Panettone, which makes its traditional Italian Christmas appearance, is gussied up here with any dried fruit you fancy. An ever so slight twist on a classic.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 2
Squares of best homemade gingerbread cake dusted with confectioners' sugar on a silver platter.

Best Homemade Gingerbread Cake

A contemporary riff on an old-fashioned classic that has a perfect balance of spices and a light, pillowy texture and the zing of fresh ginger.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A white oval serving plate partly filled with pasta alla Norma with a spoon resting on the plate.

Pasta alla Norma

We’ve tasted 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 recipe. Because this is it.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 16
Two coupe glasses filled with martinez cocktail and a strip of orange zest with a cocktail shaker and more orange zest in the background.

Martinez Cocktail

The Martinez cocktail is a classic mix of gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters that creates a perfectly balanced and smoooooooooooooth sip.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 1
An open jar of pear chutney with a cut pear and some leaves lying beside it.

Pear Chutney

Sugar—well, molasses—and spice and everything nice. That’s what pear chutney is made of.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0