Mackenzie Campbell, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mackenzie Campbell has tested.

Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Turnovers. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
A glass of green smooth and a second glass that is on its side with green smoothie poured out.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 17
A root vegetable latke topped with a dollop of applesauce.

Root Vegetable Latkes

An impressive and enticing use for healthy roots and tubers that, thankfully, doesn’t taste virtuous at all. In fact, it actually feels quite indulgent.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
A round white plate with six slices of eggnog pie and a dish of whipped cream

Eggnog Pie

Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we’re classifying as “holiday desserts for parties where people like to party.”

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A white bowl partially filled with arugula pesto and a spoon resting in the pesto. A few arugula leaves scattered beside the bowl.

Arugula Pesto

A peppery riff on the classic Italian condiment that may even have improved upon tradition.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
An open jar of refrigerator sweet pickles with the lid lying beside the jar.

Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

A Scandinavian-style pickle that’s distinctly sweet, just a little sour, and subtly perfumed with dill. So simple it doesn’t even require turning on the stove during the dog days of summer.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 8
A white plate topped with an iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing.

Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing

The best version we’ve experienced of this classic steakhouse salad with a creamy blue cheese dressing that’s basically an excuse to eat your vegetables.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Several open glass bottles of barbecue sauces, including a vinegar barbecue sauce.

Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

This tangy vinegar-based barbecue sauce, typical of eastern Carolina-style ‘cue, is exactly what you want—nay, need—for anything you pull from your smoker or grill.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 8
A plate with a slice of broccoli Cheddar quiche

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

“As perfect as perfect can be.” And “A pretty killer combination of broccoli and Cheddar.” That’s what folks are saying about this quiche recipe. We think you’ll agree.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 8
Crunchy Oven-Fried Drumsticks

Oven Fried Drumsticks

Some things never go out of style. Witness this throwback to the 50s recipe for drumsticks rolled in crumbs of any sort. Potato chips. Wasabi peas. Rice crackers.

  • (4)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 17
Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Quick, easy, healthy, authentic through and through, and pretty darn delicious if we do say so ourselves. Take it to work or, if you’re willing to share, serve it up at home.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Apple Cider Glaze

Spicy Apple Cider-Mustard Glaze

Savory, spicy, tangy, and oh so easy, this sticky apple cider glaze is the essence of autumn. Gussies up all manner of chicken and pork.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Not your classic oatmeal raisin cookies, these boast golden raisins, maple syrup, and cardamom in addition to pistachios. Practically paleo. Entirely good.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 6