Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

A black skillet containing a cheese omelet, topped with chives and Gruyere

Cheese Omelet

A magnificently indulgent omelet for two that’s exactly what you make when you’re feeling like reveling in something simple yet still sophisticated and is perfect at any time of day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A bowl of rice topped with red cooked pork and a pair of chopsticks resting on the bowl. A plate of red cooked pork on the side

Red Cooked Pork

A Chinese classic that you can make at home with fewer ingredients and less fuss than you’d ever imagine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
An unsliced loaf of brown soda bread with a knife resting beside it

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it a borrowed Irish birthright.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 14
A cast-iron skillet filled with chocolate brownie

Skillet Brownies

Intensely gooey, fudgy, crunchy-edged, gluten-free brownie loveliness that are easy to make and even easier to make disappear.

  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Three ceramic dishes with baked pasta with tomatoes and eggplant and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Baked Pasta with Tomatoes & Eggplant

Cook once. Eat twice. This baked pasta casserole cleverly relies on a big batch of tomato soup as its sauce. Leftover soup means you have lunches done for the rest of the week.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A woman with a Vitamix filled with spinach, mango, and milk

How to Make a Perfect Smoothie

It doesn’t take an engineering degree to make a decent smoothie. Although it does take a little know-how to make one that makes you want to drink your veggies. Here’s how.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
15 chocolate energy balls, made with dates, almond butter, almonds, and cacao powder, on white marble

Chocolate Energy Balls

Easy no-bake chocolate orbs made with dates, almonds, coconut, and cacao powder that take literally 5 minutes to toss together and more than satisfy your sweet tooth. We’re smitten.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
A rack of six golden brown and puffy Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Perfectly browned on the outside and soft, moist, and buttery on the inside and perfect through and through for soaking up those savory pan juices from a roast. Effortless and timeless Christmas elegance.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 13
A square white platter with fruitcake brownies--filled with dried fruit, chocolate, and rum

Fruitcake Brownies

Fruitcake brownies? Yup. But not those lurid dried fruits of your childhood. Think dried figs, cranberries, cherries made tipsy with rum or brandy and baked into a brownie pan. Ridiculously inventive.

  • 25 M
  • 1 D, 1 H
  • 10
Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

“Irresistible.” “The perfect combination of sweet, salt, spice, and crunch.” “We. Can. NOT. Stop. Eating. Them.” “Absolutely perfect.” That’s what we’re hearing about these candied pecans.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 22