Marcia L., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Marcia L. has tested.

A skillet filled with sloppy Joe meat mixture, flanked by a filled, untapped sandwich with a toasted top and a bag of sesame seed buns.

Sloppy Joes

Sam Sifton’s recipe for sloppy Joes is quick and, honestly, quite superb. Full of flavor and just as messy as you remember. And just as tasty.

A sheet pan covered with parchment paper, filled with layers of sliced zucchini, tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, piles of ricotta and marinara sauce.

Sheet Pan Zucchini Pizza Bake

A fake-out pizza for the low-carb crowd. It’s seriously good, even without the dough. Layers of veggies and cheese make it filling and tasty.

A blue bowl filled with chickpeas, diced tomatoes, ditalini pasta, and parmesan, flanked with a crueset of olive oil and a bowl of Parmesan.

Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

A simple, rustic, and flavorful vegetarian dinner that only takes a handful of ingredients and 45 minutes. Also, it tastes really fantastic. What’s not to love?

A close-up of a casserole dish filled with macaroni and cheese, with a large spoonful being lifted out.

Smoked Mac and Cheese

Not only is this some of the cheesiest mac and cheese we’ve ever had, it’s also made on the grill so it’s perfect for the heat.

A bowl of bright green cilantro chutney on a blood wooden table with a flower napkin and cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Peanut Chutney

A bright and herby chutney, that’s packed with garlic and lime. And it has peanuts, an unexpected ingredient that adds just a little touch of umami that won’t go unnoticed.

A white bowl filled with blueberry nectarine crisp with a scoop missing and a spoon laying beside it.

Nectarine and Blackberry Crisp

“Summery delicious,” “A wonderful summery dessert,” and “Perfection!” is what our testers had to say about this stunning fruit-filled crisp. We think so, too.

A rocks glass filled with bing cherries with wine syrup and vanilla ice cream

Bing Cherries with Wine Syrup

A bit zingy, plenty sweet, and just the right amount boozy. Together with vanilla ice cream, you’ve got a great adult ice cream sundae.

A white bowl of mustard potato salad with celery with a silver spoon resting inside.

Mustard Potato Salad with Celery

Not all potato salad has to be drowning in mayo. Sometimes, all you need is a tangy mustard and garlic dressing with more flavor than fat. And a few cornichons never hurt, either.