Jo Ann Brown, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jo Ann Brown has tested.

Soft pretzels of assorted shapes and sizes on a wooden surface.

Soft Pretzels

Authentic German-style soft pretzels with dark and burnished crusts, yeasty and chewy centers, and, natch the irresistible crunch of coarse salt.

  • (3)
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 10 H
  • 39
A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for just cheap vegetarian ingredients.

  • (1)
  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 6
A pepper and egg sandwich on a wooden table with pieces of pepper and onion falling out.

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Just like mom made. That’s what we’re hearing from folks who grew up hoovering this classic, quick, easy, cheap Italian staple any and all times of day.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 10
Three spiced roast chicken thighs, with warm spice, cajun, and spiced curry coatings

Spiced Roast Chicken

A weeknight godsend, these spice-rubbed, oven-blasted chicken parts do dinner on the double. Er, triple.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 5
A loaf of English muffin bread with two slices cut from the end on a wooden board.

English Muffin Bread

Incomparably easier than traditional English muffins yet with all the requisite nooks and crannies that God—and the British—intended.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
A glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, made with layers of sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and ice cubes with a coffee drip over it.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Ca Phe Sua Da

A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here’s how to succumb at home.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 28
A loaf of Irish soda bread on a brown plate with a chunk cut out and smeared with butter.

Irish Soda Bread

A sweet nuttiness, a dense crumb, a crunchy crust, and bags more flavor than normal bread. Whatcha waiting for?

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 25
A black pot filled with chunks of beef Raj curry, topped with cilantro, nearby is roti Indian bread

British Beef Raj Curry

All the complexity of classic beef curry that you slowly tended all day…but in just an hour. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
A jar of homemade dish soap in a bowl with a spoon resting inside it.

Homemade Dish Soap

This natural alternative to overpriced, chemical-laden liquid dish soap is inexpensive, effective, and gentle on hands. Doesn’t get much more practical than that.