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 pot of velvet mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 10
Skillet with three pickle juice-brined pork chops

Pickle Juice-Brined Pork Chops

Pickle juice-brined pork chops. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, we know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t we think of brining pork chops in dill pickle juice? It’s easy, ingenious, and, natch, delicious.

  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 4
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 28
An Asian grilled flank steak, with several medium rare sliced cut from it, the outside crisscrossed with grill marks--on a plate

Asian Grilled Flank Steak

A cinch to make, this steak requires just a quick dunk in a marinade made from ingredients you already have on hand. Then it’s slapped on the grill. Dinner, anyone?

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Four bowls of curried crab corn chowder, filled with crab, corn, and a curried broth, on bread and spoons nearby

Curried Crab Corn Chowder

An Indian-inspired riff on a classic that melds crab, sweet corn, and potatoes in a curry-spiked coconut milk broth, resulting in a luxuriously rich yet surprisingly light bisque.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Pickled Zucchini

Pickled Zucchini

Looks like a cucumber pickle. Tastes sorta like a cucumber pickle. But let us assure you, this is not a cucumber pickle. It’s even better.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 18
Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

We’ve tested a lot of pasta alla Norma recipes in our day, and we gotta say, after trying this one, we’re calling it quits on our search for the perfect pasta alla Norma. This is it.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 10
Southern Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad

Because there weren’t enough tempting potato salads in the world, The South came up with its own rendition. And yes, it calls for Duke’s. And a whole lotta other tempting things.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Zucchini Salad

Shaved Zucchini Salad

A jumble of raw shaved vegetables that comes together easily, tastes magnificent, and doesn’t even require you to turn on the stove. Sounds like a summer staple to us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
White plate with steamed mussels in beer, topped with parsley, nearby lemon wedges and a bottle of beer

Steamed Mussels in Beer

This simple summer crowd-pleaser has “easy entertaining” scrawled all over it. Just don’t forget the bottle opener.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 6
Plum Almond Cake

Plum Almond Cake

Haute yet homey, this rustic Italian cake with its delicate crumb and pockets of jammy plum awesomeness will cause you to anticipate plum season like never, ever before.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 37