Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

A metal pie plate with two slices of roasted tomato quiche, some crumbs of crust and a fork.

Roasted Tomato Quiche

A soulful and satiating quiche that goes perfectly with chilled wine at supper. Or with even more wine at brunch.

A pavlova with fresh berries on a wooden table outside.

Pavlova with Fresh Berries

If you’re looking for a stunning last course that’s spectacular and makes quite a statement, this pavlova is just the thing. Here’s how to make it.

Four pieces of classic chicken piccata topped with parsley and capers on a white oval serving plate.

Classic Chicken Piccata

Simple enough for a weeknight. Sophisticated enough for weekend entertaining. And it’s definitely as good as you remember, too.

Two white plates of frisée with bacon and egg, croutons, and a dressing, glasses and fork and knife nearby

Frisée with Bacon and Egg

Take a cue from Paris bistros and make this a menu staple. Bitter greens. Classic vinaigrette. Homemade croutons. Crisped bacon. Hard-boiled eggs. Simple yet superbly satiating.

An Asian grilled flank steak, with several medium rare sliced cut from it, the outside crisscrossed with grill marks--on a plate

Asian Grilled Flank Steak

A cinch to make, this steak requires just a quick dunk in a marinade made from ingredients you already have on hand. Then it’s slapped on the grill. Dinner, anyone?

A person cutting a slice from a loaf of whole wheat banana bread on a white cutting board.

Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Folks are waxing poetic about this banana bread. Full of flaxseed and maple syrup, it’s nutritious and just indulgent enough.