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.

Greek-Style Frappe

Greek-Style Frappe

This frothy Greek frappe can be shaken together in just a couple minutes from coffee, sugar, and milk. No blender required.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 10
Red Singapore Sling with gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, and triple sec in a tall glass with a cheery and pineapple skewer

Singapore Sling

It doesn’t get much more retro or groovy than this turn-of-the-century cocktail. Gin, cherry brandy, sweet and sour fruit juices, and club soda make for an easy, not-too-intoxicating sipper.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A ceramic bowl filled with posole salad, including hominy, crispy pork, cabbage, radish, pepitas, and cilantro.

Posole Salad

Summer posole cravings are satisfied with this cooling summer riff on the classic Mexican soup that we simply can’t stop wanting yearround.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
A rimmed sheet pan with roast pork with peaches and cooked red onion.

Roast Pork Chops with Peaches

An easy, no-fuss, one-sheet meal of seasoned, roasted pork chops, peach wedges, and red onion. Another reason to be grateful for the summer season.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
An oval dish filled with roasted plums, topped with star anise.

Roasted Plums

Scented with star anise, not overly sweet, and just 25 minutes from start to finish. Talk about our sorta summer dessert.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
A square of rustic cherry tart, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Rustic Cherry Tart

Purplish cherries sink into a rich, fragrant frangipane as they bake into sweet oblivion and contrast spectacularly with the crisp puff pastry crust. Sounds terrible, eh?

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
A grey plate topped with steak and quinoa salad with shaved carrots and mustard vinaigrette.

Steak and Quinoa Salad

An exceptionally easy and ridiculously satisfying use for that leftover grilled steak from your backyard barbecue.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Bowls of watermelon, tomato, feta, herbs, and red onion for making the watermelon tomato feta salad.

Tomato Watermelon Feta Salad

All your summer favorites collide in this kaleidoscopic salad that’s equally stunning when layered in a jar or simply tossed in a bowl.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A martini glass filled with caipirinha and a lime wheel on a bar with liquor bottles in the background.

Caipirinha

This Latin American cocktail, Brazil’s national drink, packs quite the wallop but in a smooth, refined sorta way. Taste at your own risk.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A blue bowl filled with grilled pineapple salsa on a platter with tortilla chips., beer, and lime wedges.

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

A quick summer fixer-upper for plain grilled chicken or fish for those nights when turning on the stove just seems like too much.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Two glasses of lime soda and one glass of angostura orange.

Lime Soda

Bored by plain old water? Allow us to introduce you to your solution.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
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.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
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