Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

A tray of chicken thighs in a balsamic barbecue sauce, corn on the cob, glasses of beer, forks, and plates

Chicken Thighs with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Come for the chicken. Stay for the sauce. It’s kid friendly. Pantry friendly. Gloriously tangy. And wonderfully quick and easy to toss together, even on the most hectic of weeknights.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
Baking sheet lined with parchment and covered with easy roasted carrots and onions with burnt edges

Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.

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  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
Parchment paper with long lines of yellow homemade sprinkles, plus bowls of green, blue, and pink sprinkles

Homemade Sprinkles

No artificial colors. No icky preservatives. Just a lotta charmingly shaped sprinkles in exactly the shades you desire.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
Two white plate of farro salad with radicchio and almonds, bowl of lemons, napkin

Farro Salad with Radicchio and Almonds

Eating healthy can get tiresome if you’re not careful. Fortunately you have this stunner of a summer salad to yank you out of your food rut.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, I mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw known to man.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 8
A cookie sheet with six breakfast cookies with oats, banana, figs, and peanut butter

Breakfast Cookies

Think of granola bars but in cookie form. That’s what you get with these sorta virtuous, sorta naughty little lovelies.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 14
Cast iron pot with braised new potatoes inside

Braised New Potatoes

All the rich creaminess of potatoes sloooooowly roasted with your favorite hunk of meat. But in just 30 minutes on the stovetop. The secret? Braise ’em in butter.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Brown Soda Bread

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 your birthright.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Two bowls filled with tortellini, peas, and spinach.

Easy Tortellini Soup

A quick and simple weeknight recipe made with store-bought tortellini, spinach, and chicken broth. Super simple and perfect for the entire family.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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
  • 12
a roll of butter flecked with minced parsley

Parsley Butter

Perhaps the simplest way ever to gussy up a piece of plain fish, a bland chicken breast, even out-of-season veggies.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0