Janet O., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Janet O. has tested.

Individual servings of vanilla buttermilk cake with white frosting on pink plates.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Trust us when we tell you this cake is about as unfussy as it gets. An hour from start to finish, no tricky ingredients and a taste reminiscent of an old-school boxed cake mix.

Seven spice-rubbed baby back ribs on a piece of parchment on a wooden surface..

Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Dry-rubbed and slathered in sauce, these ribs are deeply flavored, lip-smackingly messy, and easier than you’d think to pull off at home.

Several pieces of beer-battered fish scattered across newspaper with fried onions rings and two glasses of beer.

Beer-Battered Fish

Crisply deep-fried and flaky, this fish is better than take-out. It comes together fast enough that it’s weeknight friendly and beer keeps the batter light, too.

Three assembled slow cooker tacos al pastor with shredded pork, pineapple-avocado salsa, and chipotle mayo, with lime wedges on the side.

Slow Cooker Tacos al Pastor

Slow cooked pork shoulder, topped with a pineapple and avocado salsa and then smothered in chipotle mayo. All your tacos dreams come true.

Three lamb sheekh kebab skewers on a plate with sliced red onion, lime wedges, and chopped mint leaves.

Lamb Sheekh Kebab

Ground lamb skewers from the cookbook Dishoom that perfectly balance the ratio of earthy meat with warming spices.

A chicken and leek pot pie in a white square baking dish with a server and forks and knife nearby.

The Best Chicken and Leek Pot Pie

Tender chicken and sausage meatballs sidle up alongside sweet leeks and a tipsy white wine cream sauce. Then the whole shebang is topped with indecently rich and flaky puff pastry in this recipe from (90s flashback alert) Jamie Oliver.

Two oval loaves of filone on a wooden board.

Filone

Filone’s chewy crust and light, airy crumb make this everyday Italian bread a standout. Especially doable if it’s your first-time with sourdough bread baking.

Two steak and ale pies on silver platters.

Steak and Ale Pies

Steak and ale. A classic duo. Though this may be a slightly different format than you’re accustomed, it’s just as indulgent as a steak and a pint alongside. Maybe more so.

A slab of homemade Guanciale on a wooden board.

Homemade Guanciale

Yes, you can make your own silken, creamy, intensely satiating cured pork at home. Without access to an estate in Italy. Here’s how.

A scoop of big batch caramelized onions on a wooden spoon.

Big Batch Caramelized Onions

Your future self will thank you when you can just reach in your fridge for a batch of readymade caramelized onions ready to toss into dinner at a moment’s notice.