Linda B., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Linda B. has tested.

A whole peeled pear in an opened piece of parchment with star anise and cardamom in a blue baking dish.

Pear Parcels with Star Anise

Infused with spice, suffused with booze, and wrapped oh so neatly, this last course makes quite the lovely gift for guests to unwrap.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A tall glass filled with dark and stormy cocktail with ginger beer being poured in.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

It was a dark and stormy night…oops. We mean, this stiff yet slightly sweet cocktail is certain to thunder through your evening.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 19
Four apple chips in a white pie dish.

Apple Chips

Why pay an absurd amount of money for a teensy bag containing a couple shriveled slices when you can instead DIY a slew of slightly sweet and eminently easy snacks?

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 4
A pile of Cajun fried chicken pieces.

Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun-style fried hen is memorably moist inside, superlatively crisp outside, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 23
Two jars of ratatouille pickles, one with zucchini, and the other with red onion.

Ratatouille Pickles

Traditional ratatouille gets sliced, diced, deconstructed, and reimagined–pickled, too–in this fashionably brilliant approach to Indian summer surplus.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
A bowl filled with Vietnamese beef and rice noodle salad, with chopsticks resting on the bowl, and a small dish of peanuts beside it.

Vietnamese Beef and Rice Noodle Salad

A jumble of tastes and textures and temperatures, this towering noodle number will jolt you to your senses in a manner that only classic Vietnamese cuisine can do.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 12
A jelly jar filled with apricot jam and a spoon resting on top.

Apricot Jam

There’s a simple way to extend the ephemeral apricot season, and it has everything to do with these easy peasy preserves.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 16
A rimmed baking sheet with fish in parchment and a fish spatula resting beside it.

Fish in Parchment

Drama. Intrigue. Aroma. Ease. These, too, can be part of your weeknight routine with this simple, surprising tactic to cooking fish.

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 3
Three fresh figs with ricotta and honey and dipped in pistachios on a white plate

Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Honey

Fresh figs alone, while stunning if savored by you alone in the kitchen, isn’t exactly what you want to serve guests. Here’s what you do want to offer them.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 14
Easy Rhubarb Jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

Pink preserves were never so pretty—or so easy—as this foolproof old-fashioned recipe that relies on just four ingredients and an occasional stir. No prior canning experience required.

  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 99
Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Need to bring something to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home? This blueberry crumble with a crumbly oatmeal cookie topping is your answer.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 59
A tumbler half-filled with homemade Irish cream and an ice cube, and a bottle of cream in the background

Irish Cream

DIY Baileys, baby. All you need is cream, coffee, whiskey, sugar, and a taste for the good things in life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 4
A skillet filled with seared scallops cooked in butter

Seared Scallops

Perhaps the easiest and most elegant dinner conceivable. Here’s how to cook them to perfection.

  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 27