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.

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
A white plate topped with linguine and mussels in a red dress

Mussels in a Red Dress

Mussels take a twirl through a classic red pasta sauce and linguine. Most certainly able to inspire laughter, scintillating conversation, perhaps even a twirl on the dance floor afterwards.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A blue and white plate filled with moo goo gai pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan

A slightly upscale version of the “moo goo gai pan” you know as the safe Chinese takeout menu option.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2
A mini homemade chicken pot pie with a flaky crust, chunks of white meat chicken, and peas

Homemade Chicken Potpie

Like chicken pot pie gone to finishing school thanks to a couple simple yet significant flourishes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
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
  • 20 M
  • 27
A pile of crispy shredded roast pork butt

Roast Pork Butt

Excuse us, but we’re too preoccupied stuffing our pieholes with roast pork butt to say anything. Hey, anyone seen the napkins?!

  • 20 M
  • 10 H
  • 20
A bowl of pork tinga--pork stewed with tomatoes and chipotle peppers, along with bowls of lemon, sour cream, cilantro, cheese on a table

Pork Tinga

We’re hearing a lot about how easy and insanely delicious this classic Mexican pork stew is. And how loved ones are clamoring to leftovers to work the next day. Sounds like a keeper to us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 0
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
Black-Eyed Peas with Spinach

Black-Eyed Peas with Spinach

After trying this Southern good-luck charm of black-eyed peas, we say forget the luck. Just pass more of these peas, please.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 4
A classic grilled cheese sandwich--buttered grilled bread and oozing Cheddar cheese

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn’t benefit from feeling like you’re six again and all is right with the world?

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
White bowl filled with salt and vinegar roasted potatoes topped with crumbled feta cheese and oregano

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

If you like your fries with plenty of salt and malt vinegar, or if you’re a fool for all things pickled, or if you’ve ever demolished a bag of your fave salt-and-vinegar chips in less time than it takes to inhale, you need these in your life.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A rack of six golden brown and puffy Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Perfectly browned on the outside and soft, moist, and buttery on the inside and perfect through and through for soaking up those savory pan juices from a roast. Effortless and timeless Christmas elegance.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 13