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!

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.

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.