Jenny Latreille, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jenny Latreille has tested.

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Jenny was always curious about the food that wasn’t available in her small and insular hometown. As the city expanded, so did her desire to taste everything and learn all she could about cultures around the world. 40 something years later, Jenny has amassed an enormous, and sometimes unwieldy, collection of spices and recipes for making many of the regional cuisines she has discovered. This hunger for cultural knowledge also led to an education in literature and linguistics, with a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Culture.

While Jenny didn’t grow up in a family with many deep food-related traditions, she has spent the last 10 years slowly teasing the secrets of perfect pastry out of her mum. In her life outside of spice obsession, Jenny works as a silversmith and textile designer, working specifically with natural indigo and reclaimed materials. She lives in an indoor urban jungle with a pack of cats known as The Adorables.

Peanut butter sandwich cookies stacked on a plate, the top one is without its top cookie. A glass of milk is in the background.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are filled with a creamy milk chocolate filling for a taste that takes you back to childhood. The cookies are easy to make and can be filled later.

A large metal plate with a circle of tahdig, with a spoon and a serving missing.

Tahdig

Flipping out a perfectly golden, crisp, and intact tahdig is one of the greatest kitchen tricks you’ll ever perform. And just wait until you taste it.

A slice of classic carrot cake--two carrot cake layers filled and frosted with cream cheese frosting; on top are crushed walnuts.

Carrot Cake

“This was beyond the best carrot cake I have ever had.” That’s what we’re hearing about this cake, which ingeniously relies on puréed, rather than grated, carrots.

A wooden cutting board piled with quesadilla quarters, topped with sour cream, guacamole, and cilantro.

Cajun-Inspired Steak Quesadillas

Quesadillas are something that nearly everybody loves–crispy, melty, and filled with sweetly spiced steak. Don’t just take our word for it, eat some!

White barn board with a green bowl filled with ice and frozen berries, and 4 deep red raspberry hard seltzer popsicles lying on top, garnished with fresh mint leaves.

Hard Seltzer Popsicles

A fruity, lightly boozy, ice pop for those sweltering summer afternoons. Try a variety of flavors while the sun still shines and you’re looking to chill.

2 chicken gyros filled with romaine, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncinis, and tzatziki, with a bowl of tzatziki next to it.

Chicken Gyros

A Mediterranean classic that’s healthy as can be although you’d never guess it from the indulgent taste.

A blue skillet with paper towel and a pile of breaded, deep-fried cauliflower. A bowl of dip in the background.

Popcorn Cauliflower Bites

A terrific snack, appie, or side dish, that nearly everyone will devour. Crispy fried vegetables dipped in your choice of sauce? Yes, please!