Lisa Amtower, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lisa Amtower has tested.

A lifelong horsewoman and fox hunter, Lisa has been playing in the kitchen since she could reach the counter and get in her mom’s way. Growing up, she eagerly awaited the monthly arrival of Gourmet magazine, and much experimentation ensued with each issue. Her sister was a close collaborator in those endeavors. Lisa loves to plan for the next dinner party, and Thanksgiving is her most favorite day of the year. Famously unfettered in the kitchen, Lisa admits that being a Leite’s Tester has brought new discipline to her cooking, and made her even more adventurous. She lives in upstate New York with horses, cats, a dog, and a husband.

Three grilled pork burgers topped with coleslaw and yum yum sauce on a wooden serving tray.

Grilled Pork Burgers

Smoky grilled pork burgers, crunchy coleslaw, and creamy yum yum sauce, all in one unbelievably good handheld package. You’re welcome.

Several Swedish cardamom buns cooling on a wire rack.

Swedish Cardamom Buns

The hardest part about making these delightful Swedish pastries is choosing which combination of butter filling and sweet glaze you want.

A white bowl filled with warm marinated lentil salad with feta cheese slabs on top.

Marinated Lentil Salad

Love lentils? Us, too. Even if you don’t, give this recipe a whirl. The combination of lentils with a spiced nut vinaigrette, fresh basil, and slabs of feta cheese may change your mind.

Cranberry upside-down cake with a large piece missing, on a white plate with a serving knife beside it.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Tart and buttery, with a touch of orange liqueur, this cake is a showstopper. And it’s actually easier than it looks. You’re welcome!

Schug in a pottery bowl, on a wooden plate with a spoon and garnished with cilantro.


A brightly herbal, spicy, garlicky condiment that brings spice to anything you might want to dip in it. Seriously, it goes on nearly everything.