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 University, followed by a long career in the pharmaceutical industry, 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 worked as a Chef/Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Fairfield, NJ for six years, as an Adjunct Culinary Instructor at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ, and served as a Wilton Method Instructor for 10 years, teaching all levels of cake decorating courses.

She currently volunteers at the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry, leading their Kitchen to Table program, creating nutritious meals, and guiding corporate volunteer groups in preparing meals for the Food Pantry’s homebound clients. She has also led cooking demonstrations for the Food Pantry’s clients, instructing them on how to prepare simple, nutritious meals in their home kitchens. She is ServSafe Certified by the U.S. National Restaurant Association.

A white bowl of wild mushroom risotto with peas with a fork resting inside and a glass and decanter of wine in the background.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

The secret to this intensely flavored risotto? Using chicken stock mingled with the liquid from rehydrating dried porcini mushrooms.

A partially covered Dutch oven filled with cooked Parmesan potato gratin.

Parmesan Potato Gratin

We used to get our gratins and scalloped potatoes confused. But then we tried this gratin. Guess which one is now our favorite?!

A rectangular baking dish filled with wild mushroom stuffing with leeks.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Earthy collides with slightly sweet in this beautiful burnished brioche and wild mushroom stuffing. (Did we mention it’s easy?)

A platter with several crab cake burgers topped with tomato in a soft roll.

Crab Cake Burger

Fresh crab necessitates only Old Bay and very little in way of other ingredients. That’s exactly what you’ll find here.

A peach and crème fraîche pie sitting on a window sill with a pitcher nearby.

Peach and Crème Fraîche Pie

Whether you seek convention or innovation, you’ll find it in this haute yet humble peach pie, which draws on tradition yet still wields some surprises.