Joan Hunter Mayer, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Joan Hunter Mayer has tested.

Joan Hunter Mayer

Joan has been baking since she was a young kid. Being self-taught, (Mom didn’t bake–except for her traditional holiday pecan tassies), she always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. What started as baking and cooking new creations and giving them away, eventually led to entering local baking contests. Over the years, taking home a few blue ribbons continued to fuel the fire and passion to create. These days, Joan is a certified professional canine behavior consultant, inventor, and entrepreneur. Her unique educational background also includes fashion (a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she spent years in costuming for film and TV), nursing, and business. This combination of art and science, infused with caring and creativity is what Joan brings to her work and her joy of cooking, baking, and going on creative adventures in the kitchen!

Three easy marinated chicken skewers on a blue plate and a fourth one on top of a piece of flatbread.

Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers

These chicken skewers are a cinch to throw together. Whip up an easy marinade, let the chicken thighs soak up all that flavor, then grill or broil to tender perfection. Voila. Dinner.

A loaf of braided cinnamon bread drizzled with vanilla glaze resting on a wire rack.

Braided Cinnamon Bread

This Dutch oven braided loaf is swirled with cinnamon and topped with vanilla glaze and toasted pecans. It’s perfect anytime of the day, breakfast included.

An easy skillet pizza for kids in the pan being held by a woman's hands

Easy Skillet Pizza for Kids

Not only is this simple cheese and tomato pizza guaranteed to please everyone at the table, it’s easy enough that your kids can make it.

Make-ahead cinnamon coffee cake in a large rectangular pan, with two squares cut out, beside two cups of coffee and a bowl of drizzle with a spoon.

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Coffee Cake

No need to get up hours ahead to produce a cinnamon-y sweet coffee cake, still warm from the oven. Mix it all ahead and pop it in the oven when you wake up. It’s that easy, ya’ll!

A casserole dish with cheesy pumpkin potato gratin

Cheesy Pumpkin Potato Gratin

If you’ve been looking for a gorgeously cheesy, autumn side filled with potatoes, pumpkin, and lots of cheese, we’ve got good news for you. You’re going to love it.

One-bowl blueberry buckle in a metal loaf pan cooling on a wire rack, with a pink bowl filled with buckle and a scoop of ice cream.

One-Bowl Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry buckle is so easy to make but so hard to forget. Seriously–crispy edges, jammy blueberries, and tender cake in between. It’s perfection.