Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.
Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester
A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.
One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
A meal that requires just one pot, pleases everyone at the table, and uses up leftovers? Yes, please!
These date bars are a classic for good reason. The combination of sweet, sticky date filling nestled between layers of buttery oat dough is completely irresistible.
Buttery Beef and Peanut Stir-Fry
Tender seared beef, buttery leeks, and crunchy peanuts collide to make this easy weeknight meal.
Oven Baked Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes and Feta
Craving Mediterranean flavors? Give these oven baked chicken thighs that are nestled in a bed of tomatoes, olives, lemon, herbs, and feta a whirl. You won’t be disappointed.
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
This easy meal of tender bucatini pasta all tangled up with sautéed shrimp and a lemony garlic butter sauce is on the table in just 30 minutes. You’re welcome.
San Francisco-Style Vietnamese Garlic Noodles
If you’ve got 30 minutes and a handful of pantry staples, come discover the magic that happens when spaghetti, garlic, butter, and an umami-rich Asian sauce are stir-fried together.
Crispy Smashed Potato Salad
Smashed potatoes, crispy pancetta, charred scallions, and a creamy yogurt and mayo dressing get tossed together in this easy side dish that you’ll keep coming back to.
Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers
These chicken skewers are a cinch to throw together. Whip up an easy marinade, let the chicken thighs soak up all that flavor, then grill or broil to tender perfection. Voila. Dinner.
Raspberry Almond Crumble Cake
This pretty cake is so simple to make and so darn delicious that we see no point in waiting until dessert to enjoy it. Bring on breakfast.
Ginger-Scallion Fish Fillets
The easy-peasy ginger scallion sauce that adorns these broiled fish fillets is our new go-to dinner condiment.
Green Beans with Browned Butter and Almonds
If regular green beans aren’t cutting it anymore, give this elegant yet easy side dish a try. They’re full of flavor and look impressive, too.
Pine Nut Brittle
Crunchy, sweet, salty, buttery, and nutty. It comes together in 30 minutes, making it practical to toss together batch after batch for gifts if you get carried away with sampling.
Citrus Soy Chicken Skewers
Everyone loves food on sticks, right? Easier to eat, less messy, and just more fun. Garlic, ginger, chicken, lemongrass, and peanut sauce makes it even better.
No-Knead Italian Bread
No-knead Italian bread that’s rustic, crusty, and easy as heck. The hardest part is the waiting, so plan accordingly. But believe us when we tell you that it’s absolutely worth it.
Roast Pork Chops
This simple recipe turns out comfort food of the most refined order. Not bad for a one-pan Sunday supper.
One Dish Roast Chicken Supper
A sheet-pan dinner is the ultimate set it and forget it dinner–chop it up, season it, and slide it in the oven. This one is easy and tastes outrageously good.
Mushroom, Leek, and Gruyère Tart
“Impressive.” “Easy.” “Yummy.” “Brilliant.” “No leftovers!” That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little tart.
Hummingbird Loaf Cake
Hummingbird cake is as sweet as it sounds. This snacky, loaf pan version is made with whole wheat flour but still adores a smear of cream cheese icing.
Cacio e Pepe
This crazy satisfying, ridiculously cheap, pantry-minded dinner consists of just pasta, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a nifty technique.