Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

A single eggplant meatball on a fork with spaghetti and tomato sauce.

Eggplant Meatballs

A crisp crust, a tender interior, and an impossibly enticing taste. Smothered in marinara or dolloped with tzatziki, these eggplant meatballs won’t disappoint.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
Skillet on a grill filled with eggplant caponata--chopped eggplant, onions, fennel, onions, almonds, basil

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant, celery, fennel, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and pine nuts, oh my! Sicilian heaven in the form of a pleasingly tart side dish of sorts.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
A white plate filled with tomato and feta salad with small bowls of freshly ground pepper, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side.

Tomato and Feta Salad

A cleverly engineered salad made with everyday ingredients in a slightly unconventional fashion. No PhD required.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
A blue ceramic bowl filled with classic coleslaw.

Classic Coleslaw

How fortunate for us—and by us, we mean humanity—that there exists this recipe for the best classic coleslaw we’ve ever had.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
A white oval platter filled with couscous that is topped with Middle Eastern chicken thighs, lemon slices, and chopped parsley.

Middle Eastern Chicken Thighs

Fast. Flavorful. And flaunting just enough Middle Eastern flair to intrigue but not frighten anyone. Even kids. Swear.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0