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.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
A jar of pumpkin spice syrup with a spoon resting on top and two spoons beside the jar.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Oh, the places you’ll go with this sweetly spicy pumpkin syrup. So long, Starbucks. DIY pumpkin spice latte, here we come!

  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
A white bowl of French lentil soup, topped with ribbons of chard.

French Lentil Soup

Hearty, healthy, comforting as heck, and it comes together in a single pot and makes ample leftovers to see you through the rest of the week.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Two Philly cheesesteak sandwiches cut in half on a foil wrapper with a glass of beer in the background.

Philly Cheesesteak

This is the sandwich from South Philly that’s had everyone talking for years. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Four glasses partially filled with watermelon lemonade and topped with ice cubes.

Watermelon Lemonade

A tangy sweetness that’s irresistible to all ages. (Although if you’re looking to make it more grown up, we can help with that, too.)

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A ceramic plate filled with kohlrabi and pear salad, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.

Kohlrabi and Pear Salad

Crunchy, just the right sweetness, and uniquely satisfying. That’s what we think of this quick and surprising salad.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
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
  • 12
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