Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

A browned loaf of homemade sandwich bread in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Okay, breadbaking virgins, here’s the loaf for you. Nothing tricky. Just flour, water, yeast, and salt. And an honest-to-goodness homemade taste.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 11 H, 30 M
  • 14
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
One whole wheat chocolate chip cookie pulled in two

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

We pinky swear these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies don’t taste healthy. Not even remotely. Quite the contrary. Experience why folks are calling this their new go-to cookie recipe.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 7
A layer of toasted, spiced pumpkin seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

“Super easy.” “Quite addictive.” “Divine.” That’s what folks are saying about these surprisingly seductive spiced pepitas.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
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.

  • (1)
  • 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.

  • (2)
  • 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