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 slice of a creamy onion tart, with a flaky crust and tossed mixed salad on a white plate

Creamy Onion Tart

This tart wooed and wowed us with its sophistication, simplicity, and sturdiness. And unlike that other round eggy thing in a crust, this certainly won’t call into question anyone’s manhood.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Fork with lobster salad and tomato salad, two small leaves of basil

Lobster Salad

A tumult of sensations, this cool, creamy, simple salad juxtaposes tastes and textures to fancy schmancy effect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 9
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

Folks are calling this recipe “wonderful” and “amazingly tender” and “perfectly balanced” and “restaurant quality.” Sorta enticing, yes?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4
A sliced steak with chimichurri sauce drizzled on top on a cutting board

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2
Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

Carefully concocted to rely on less sugar than the cloying milk chocolate cream pie of our childhood, this is a far more adult-friendly, yet still spectacularly satisfying, rendition of a classic.

  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 6
Best St. Louis Ribs

Best St. Louis Ribs

“These ribs are among the best I’ve had.” That’s what folks are saying about these ribs slathered with spice rub and smothered with barbecue sauce and smoked until knee-wobblingly tender.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 10 H
  • 6
Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Yep. Grilled chicken tacos with mango. Prepare to be astounded. (What? Perhaps you were expecting a humdrum weeknight dinner?)

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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
Plate of oven-baked barbecue ribs slathered in sauce with more sauce on the side

Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs

We’re all familiar with the glory of ribs slowly smoked in the backyard. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t agree with our barbecue plans. Thankfully there’s this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
Grilled Flank Steak With Chile Spice Rub

Grilled Flank Steak

If you can master this über basic recipe, you can grill a steak waaaaay better than any of your friends. Promise.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, I mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw known to man.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 8
Buttery Brioche

Buttery Brioche

Mmm. Buttery brioche. Incomparable to the store-bought stuff when made from scratch. And a heck of a lot easier to make than you’d imagine.

  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 2
Skillet cauliflower pasta with farfalle, andouille sausage, spinach, and goat in a cast iron pan, a wooden spoon and striped towel nearby

Skillet Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted cauliflower. Andouille sausage. Spinach. Goat cheese. Bowtie pasta. What’s not to love about this quick weeknight meal? You’ll be fighting your loved ones for leftovers.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 2