Linda Pacchiano, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Linda Pacchiano has tested.

Linda Pacchiano

Linda Pacchiano has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since December 2006. After graduating with a degree in foreign languages and international business from Georgetown, she pursued culinary and pastry arts at the International Culinary Center (founded as the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. She also trained in advanced cake design at New York’s Institute for Culinary Education. Pacchiano now teaches at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and serves as a Wilton method instructor, teaching all levels of cake decorating courses. She’s a member of the International Cake Exploration Societe, Baker’s Dozen East at the Institute of Culinary Education, New York City and New Jersey Cake Decorators, NJ Confectionary Arts Guild, and Junior League of Morristown, NJ.

Smoked Pork Butt

Smoked Pork Shoulder

This smoked pork shoulder with its simple and soulful dry rub and foolproof instructions mean no more standing in line ever again for takeout ‘cue. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 22 H
  • 6
A wooden board with five cut Memphis-style ribs

Memphis Style Ribs

Memphis style ribs simply means rubs that are slathered with a spice rub made of paprika, red chile pepper, and black pepper and left to slooooooowly cook until imbued with the flavor and aroma of the spices. No barbecue sauce necessary.

  • 20 M
  • 5 H
  • 2
A grilled whole trout in a cast-iron skillet with sliced potatoes, parsley, and lemon

Grilled Whole Trout

Forever banish your fears of cooking whole fish with this ideal lesson in how to cook fish so you achieve shatteringly crisp skin and tender fish.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A woman's hand using a biscuit cutter on cream biscuit dough

Easy Cream Biscuits

Scandalously simple. Ethereally airy. Magical. That’s but a sampling of what folks are saying about these two-ingredient, Southern-style cream biscuits.

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 26
How to Grill Asparagus

How to Grill Asparagus

Never again curse as your pricey spears of asparagus fall between the grill rack into oblivion. All you need is this simple trick.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A plate with a slice of broccoli Cheddar quiche

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

“As perfect as perfect can be.” And “A pretty killer combination of broccoli and Cheddar.” That’s what folks are saying about this quiche recipe. We think you’ll agree.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 8
A rimmed baking sheet with stuffed broiled mussels and a bowl of filling on the side

Stuffed Broiled Mussels

Elegant. Easy. Inexpensive. Just three of the many reasons you’re going to want to make this little keeper of a recipe over and over and over again.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
An oval serving bowl filled with German potato salad

German Potato Salad

Classic German comfort food made with a hot and tangy vinegar dressing and and crisp bacon. Here’s how to make it.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 7
A whole roast chicken in a roasting pan with halved citrus fruits around it

Roast Chicken with Citrus

The words “orange chicken” used to make us think of gloppy Chinese takeout—until we tried this orange chicken.

  • 40 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 15
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 14