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 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.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 14
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A loaf of Burgundian honey spice bread on a sheet of parchment with two slices cut off.

Burgundian Honey Spice Bread

More nuanced than gingerbread and not at all like fruit cake, this French pain d’épices is unforgettably fragrant with spice and nostalgically rich with tradition.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Three pieces of grape focaccia on a wooden board.

Grape Focaccia

An autumn Tuscan tradition we learned from Italian winemakers that’s essentially flatbread baked with grapes that turn magnificently jammy and sweet and lovely.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A whole peeled pear in an opened piece of parchment with star anise and cardamom in a blue baking dish.

Pear Parcels with Star Anise

Infused with spice, suffused with booze, and wrapped oh so neatly, this last course makes quite the lovely gift for guests to unwrap.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A layer of toasted, spiced pumpkin seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

“Super easy.” “Quite addictive.” “Divine.” That’s what folks are saying about these surprisingly seductive spiced pepitas.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
A canning jar filled with pickled wild mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Pickled Wild Mushrooms

So easy to toss together. So understated yet sophisticated. So wise in capturing and preserving something during its season.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
Two white plates of Italian salad made with iceberg, tomatoes, red onion, and Parmesan.

Italian Salad

The perfect excuse to justify the return of iceberg lettuce to your life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Two pieces of steak with chile-lime butter on an oval plate with a fork and knife cutting the steak.

Steak with Chile-Lime Butter

Because butter makes everything better. Especially when gilded with a fiesty blend of paprika, ancho, and lime.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A high ball glass partially filled with an amber Sazerac cocktail without absinthe and an oversized ice cube.

Sazerac Cocktail Without Absinthe

All the flavor of the classic without any of the purported hallucinogenic properties. With apologies to Baudelaire, Hemingway, van Gogh, et al.

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
A metal container filled with pumpkin ice cream and a metal ice cream scoop resting inside.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

The pumpkin spice everything craze has left some of us less than enthusiastic about pumpkin spice anything. Until this.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 4