Joan Hunter Mayer, Recipe Tester

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

A sheet of blueberry lemon bars with one cut out, laying on a piece of parchment paper.

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Like a pie in bar form, with a crisp crust and a soft, lemony, blueberry-filled center. These bars are a big hit at summer barbecues when you’re in the mood to share.

A tangle of sautéed summer squash ribbons on a square white plate.

Sautéed Summer Squash Ribbons

America’s Test Kitchen came up with a painless way to avoid soggy squash (squashy squashes?) that makes a lovely, zingy side dish. It’s a splendid way to get your veggies.

A tangle of raw asparagus salad, pine nuts, and frisee on top of a green dressing.

Raw Asparagus Salad

Take advantage of the freshest, most tender spring stalks au naturel. Uncooked, lightly dressed with lemony yogurt, and very little else. Spring has sprung, indeed.

A large and small bowl, each filled with Asian-inspired coleslaw, with a small cup of soy sauce on the side.

Asian-Inspired Coleslaw

Crisp cabbage and cool summer herbs are drizzled with a more delicate alternative to the traditional mayo-based dressing. Tastes good and IS good for you.

An oval serving dish filled with mashed potato gratin and a portion of it on a plate beside the dish.

Mashed Potato Gratin

Our recipe testers called these potatoes “pure heaven,” “yumminess,” and “genius.” That’s just a few of the rave reviews we heard for these delicately flavored spuds.

Three chewy chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other with another leaning on the stack on a piece of parchment.

Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Craving chewy chocolate brownies? America’s Test Kitchen has a splendid version that’s got some seriously amped-up flavor.

A finished croque monsieur casserole in a white baking dish with a spoon resting inside.

Croque Monsieur Casserole

One of France’s greatest innovations, the croissant, meets its match in this croque monsieur casserole filled with ham, cheese, and a milky béchamel.

A copper pot filled with mashed potatoes with crème fraîche and a masher resting inside.

Mashed Potatoes With Crème Fraîche

These delicately flavored, lush and silky mashed potatoes with tangy crème fraîche have already become a dinner table favorite. And they’re on the table in under 45 minutes.

Pieces of broiled broccoli rabe being turned over on a sheet pan by a person using tongs.

Broiled Broccoli Rabe

“My husband even asked for seconds!” That’s what we’re hearing about this easy-peasy approach to incorporating more healthful yet not-at-all off-putting greens into your every day.