Jennifer Mallock, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jennifer Mallock has tested.

Self-proclaimed “lover of all things food,” Jennifer Mallock grew up in Michigan surrounded by people that helped nurture her culinary curiosity. Whether she was learning to make tortillas from scratch at her neighbor’s house or paczki at the local bakery, she has been copying recipes and absorbing tasty knowledge since an early age. 

Her insatiable desire to cook new recipes has led her to become a “collector of recipes to try.”  She can often be found perusing stacks of recipes she’s printed and her sticky-note filled cookbooks.  Over the years, her interests have expanded to include recipe testing, food photography, and food history. Jennifer lives in Chicago with her husband, is an avid cookbook collector, and happily admits that she’d rather shop for spices than shoes any day!

A cast-iron pan filled with koftinka meatballs on a white background.

Koftinka ~ Bite-Size Meatballs

Our scientific theory is that bite-sized food just tastes better. Maybe it’s because you’re just happier when you eat it. These baby meatballs are proof.

Close-up looking into a mason jar full of pickled green beans and pickling liquid, with a fork.

Dilly Beans

Extraordinarily easy and exceptionally tasty dilly beans are within your grasp. Seriously. They’re tangy, crisp, and outrageously good.

A jar of Armenian yogurt cheese balls in oil.

Armenian Yogurt Cheese Balls

For this Armenian dish, homemade yogurt cheese is made into balls and marinated in oil infused with garlic, dill, and Aleppo pepper.

A bowl of bright green cilantro chutney on a blood wooden table with a flower napkin and cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Peanut Chutney

A bright and herby chutney, that’s packed with garlic and lime. And it has peanuts, an unexpected ingredient that adds just a little touch of umami that won’t go unnoticed.

Two pieces of buttered toast, one with strawberry jam, on a white plate.

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Here’s a recipe for a small batch of strawberry jam, without all the fuss of traditional canning. Ready in less than an hour, with all the lush taste of peak strawberry season.

A bowl of chilled cucumber soup with a spoon resting inside.

Chilled Cucumber Soup

This cool yogurt-based soup is ideal on those sweltering days when you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen.

A bowl of preserved lemon yogurt sauce with a spoon resting in it.

Preserved Lemon Yogurt Sauce

If you’re looking for a simple sauce, dip, and all-around condiment that you’ll use all summer long and beyond, this is it. Citrusy and creamy and packed to the hilt with fresh dill.

Eight kafta, or spiced kebabs, on a plate with a bowl of preserved lemon yogurt next to it and a bowl of rice beside it.

Kafta ~ Spiced Kebabs

Perfect for those nights when you’re looking for simple but also ultra-satisfying, these herbed meatballs are a weeknight revelation. And we’re loving the sauce that goes with them.