Lisa O., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lisa O. has tested.

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

Three sweet and spicy tacos on a white plate with wedges of lime alongside.

Sweet and Spicy Tacos

Happy National Taco Day! Who needs those spice packets when you can make your own sassy, satisfying, and sophisticated tacos with a citrus zing?

An apple tart Tatin with a shortcrust pastry bottom, sitting on a piece of parchment paper with drips of caramel

Tarte Tatin

A tarte Tatin is nothing more than a tart turned upside down, nothing less than pastry perfection. It’s a lot of caramely apple goodness atop a buttery crust.

Sweet potato wedges piled on a white serving platter.

Sweet Potato Wedges

These subtly spiced, lightly crisped sweet potato wedges will have everyone clamoring for more–and, we dare say, no one guessing they’re healthful.

A whole cooked wheat beer roasted chicken in a deep oval baking dish.

Beer Roasted Chicken

A crisp-skinned bird that’s inflected with orange and coriander for a very unique flair. And it comes together in a single pot, making it a cinch to prep as well as clean up afterward.

A pretty saucer and teacup filled with game day chili, and topped with scallions, Cheddar, and sour cream.

Game Day Chili

With apologies to the politically correct, the froufrou, tea party-like semblance of this recipe is just a guise. Trust us. It’s an unfussy, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of chili.

A zucchini cake with lemon and poppyseed topped with lemon frosting on a platter with half the cake cut into slices.

Zucchini Cake with Lemon and Poppyseeds

Nothing helps a vegetable go down without a struggle like a little sweetness. Come summer, we’re particularly fond of this old-fashioned—yet still fashionable—zucchini delivery system.

A grilled sausage sandwich with strips of grilled zucchini, red onion, and a herb mayo on a silver plate with a knife resting beside it.

Grilled Sausage Sandwich

Enough indulgence to satisfy. Enough grilled vegetables to bring some semblance of healthfulness. Thank us later.

Bite-size bacon and cheese scones with smoked bacon and melted Asiago on top on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Bite-Size Bacon and Cheese Scones

Cute as a button, and not much bigger, these buttery, bacony scones are the most diminutive and darned good biscuits we’ve had in recent memory. Maybe ever.