Leah LeMoine, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Leah LeMoine has tested.

Leah LeMoine is managing editor of PHOENIX magazine, where she often gets to write about chefs and restaurants, and a recipe developer for its sister publication, Phoenix Home & Garden. At home, she loves reading cookbooks and food magazines, books, and blogs (including Leite’s Culinaria, which she adored and cooked from for years before becoming a recipe tester in 2022) and watching food TV.

Cooking is her love language and her therapy, a tactile and delicious way to decompress from the mess of life. A recovering picky eater, she’s been cooking since she was a preteen but is newer to baking – while everyone else was obsessing over sourdough during quarantine, she was working on her biscuit game. A few of her favorite therapy recipes include Spicy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, Parmesan Potato Gratin, Chicken with Mustard, Pain de Mie, Corned Beef Hash, or Cream Scones. She lives in Phoenix with her partner, Matt, and their dogs, Nigel and Ludwig.

Two bowls filled with mashed potatoes and topped with beef stew.

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Haul out your Crock Pot. Grab a can of your favorite stout. Get ready to enjoy a big bowl of Irish-inspired beef stew piled atop a mound of garlic mashed potatoes.

A metal skillet filled with sausage pappardelle with grated Parmesan on top.

Jamie Oliver’s Sausage Pappardelle

This easy one-pot pasta meal from Jamie Oliver features fresh pasta and sausage smothered in a luxurious tomato sauce. Our testers are calling it a “quick, elegant, comforting meal.”

A cast-iron skillet filled with stir-fried beef with garlic sauce and a blue and white oven mitt on the side.

Stir-Fried Beef with Garlic Sauce

If you love chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, then give this beef variation a try. Gently seared top sirloin steak is tossed in a creamy garlic sauce for an easy comfort meal.

A large white plate full of turmeric shrimp linguine with a serving spoon resting in it.

Turmeric Shrimp Linguine

This easy weeknight pasta dish of linguine, seared shrimp, arugula, and tomatoes in a creamy yogurt sauce gets an extra health boost from the addition of turmeric.

Three grilled pork burgers topped with coleslaw and yum yum sauce on a wooden serving tray.

Grilled Pork Burgers

Smoky grilled pork burgers, crunchy coleslaw, and creamy yum yum sauce, all in one unbelievably good handheld package. You’re welcome.