Jess Bender, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jess Bender has tested.

A sheet pan with six ground lamb and potato patties on parchment paper

Ground Lamb and Potato Patties

Flavor guru Nik Sharma wraps ground lamb in creamy mashed potatoes before lightly frying. Spicy, crunchy comfort food at it’s best.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A blue plated topped with roasted carrots and cabbage with gochujang.

Roasted Carrots and Cabbage with Gochujang

Swear you’ll forget you’re eating healthy with these crisp-edged carrots and cabbage that are burnished to tempting heights after being slathered with an iconic Korean spice paste.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A cut loaf of lemon-poppy seed cake on a white background

Citrus Poppy Seed Cake

A harmony of sweet citrus notes nudges the classic lemon poppy seed cake in a less one-dimensional direction here. We may even be thinking of this as a 5D cake.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A ceramic bowl filled with za'atar cacio e pepe and topped with fresh marjoram leaves.

Za’atar Cacio e Pepe

It’s Ottolenghi. Enough said. (Well, okay, we have to say more. Like how everyone who’s tried this swears it’ll forevermore be their simple supper standby.)

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  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
A ceramic bowl filled with greens with tomatoes, or sukuma wiki.

Greens with Tomatoes ~ Sukuma Wiki

Sukuma wiki means “to stretch the week”—in other words, using affordable and readily available greens spiffed up with spices to help stretch any meal a little further.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Six apple crumb bars on a white sheet.

Apple Crumb Bars

“Better than pie.” We’ve been hearing that from more than one person about these apple crumb bars—and we’re pretty big pie people around here. So that’s saying a heck of a lot.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A white plate filled with masala shrimp, with lime wedges on the side, and gives sprinkled over, to garnish.

Masala Shrimp

“Masala” essentially means “spiced.” A fitting title for these exquisitely spiced shrimp…though it fails to also capture just how divinely easily they come together.

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  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
Pieces of yogurt and spice marinated salmon on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet with cilantro, onion, and lime wedge garnishes on the side.

Yogurt and Spice Marinated Salmon

“11/10!!!” “Ridiculously fast! Ridiculously good!!” “Where has this recipe been my whole life!?” “The flavors, the simplicity.” That’s what we’re hearing about this quickie of a salmon supper.

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Five orange ginger chicken thighs on a wire rack.

Orange Ginger Chicken

This is sooooo not the gloppy orange chicken that’s an Americanized riff on Chinese food that comes in a white box. Sooooo not.

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  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
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Four ancho pork and potato tacos topped with cubed pork and potatoes, sliced radish, sour cream, and cilantro.

Ancho Pork and Potato Tacos

Short on time but long on taco craving? These ancho pork and potato tacos take little fuss and even less time yet make a satisfying solution.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
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