Julie Houser, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Julie Houser has tested.

A rimmed baking sheet with rows of Southern buttermilk biscuits.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

“Spectacular.” “Sinful.” “Easy.” “Airy.” “Buttery.” “Lofty.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about these lovely buttermilk biscuits.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 82
A bowl of roasted curried cauliflower mixed with onions and topped with cilantro

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Apple Cider Glaze

Spicy Apple Cider-Mustard Glaze

Savory, spicy, tangy, and oh so easy, this sticky apple cider glaze is the essence of autumn. Gussies up all manner of chicken and pork.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
Homemade Dish Soap

Homemade Dish Soap

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

An overhead view of a down Easter cocktail, topped with a strip of orange zest.

Down Easter Cocktail

Merriam-Webster defines “down easter” as “one born or living down east.” We take it to mean this lovely apple cider-y cocktail.

  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
Coffee-Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

“Wow!” “Off-the-charts good!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” “A definite keeper.” That’s what folks are saying about these grilled and subtly spiced chops. Sorta makes you want to try ’em, eh?

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 6
Hostess Cupcakes

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Unequivocally and unspeakably better than those preservative-laden, shrink-wrapped cake imposters you grew up on. Swear.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 3 H
  • 8
Jalapeno Mint Julep

Jalapeno Mint Julep

Always craved a little something more as you’ve knocked back your mint julep? Then you need this jalapeño mint julep recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Palmiers

Palmiers

These flaky French pastries are dainty, diminutive, and addictive as heck (typed while licking the sugar from our fingers).

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 2
Vegetable Broth

Vegetable Broth

Clobbered by a guilty conscience each time you let vegetables languish in the fridge? Yeah, us, too. Until this recipe.

  • 10 M
  • 4 H
  • 8
A maple parsnip cake with mascarpone frosting between the layers on a grey plate.

Maple Parsnip Cake

Though not quite as sweet as everyone’s beloved carrot cake, this unpretentious parsnip version never fails to wow.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 6
Four baked eggs sprinkled with chopped bacon.

Baked Eggs

And you thought you didn’t have time for breakfast. We’re changing that with this handy dandy technique.

  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 12