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.

Chili mac and cheese in close up, with breadcrumbs and melted cheese.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili mac. It’s short for chili mac and cheese. And yes, it’s exactly what the name would make you think it is. You’re welcome.

Mocha walnut torte on a white plate with 2 pieces sliced and 1 piece missing.

Dorie Greenspan’s Mocha Walnut Torte

A rich walnut torte, that happens to be gluten-free and full of chocolate and coffee flavor, is a perfect dessert for sharing. Especially when covered with rich ganache.

Tex-Mex migas topped with avocado in a white and blue bowl with a fork, beside a second bowl sitting on a tea towel.

Tex-Mex Migas

We absolutely love breakfast for dinner. It’s a weeknight savior when you feel lazy, hangry, or just plain rushed off your feet.

Pasta alla Norma on a white oval serving plate with a spoon resting on the side.

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.

A coupe glass filled with a revolver cocktail, garnished with orange peel.

The Revolver Cocktail

“A terrific, deeply flavored cocktail.” “A blessing after a rough day at work.” That’s what folks are saying about this cocktail.

An enamel pot filled with Portuguese bean soup with a hint of bread roll and a spoon.

Portuguese Bean Soup

A leisurely way to make a super comforting and filling soup that makes rainy days more bearable. And the leftovers are even better.

Pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board, surrounded by measuring spoons full of various spices.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as dumping some spices you probably already have, into a bowl and stirring them together. No need to run to the store. You’re welcome.