Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

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.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 18
A pile of homemade graham crackers on a marble table with a glass of milk nearby

Homemade Graham Crackers

This graham cracker recipe has it all over store-bought crackers. No contest. And a glass of milk on the side doesn’t do any harm.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
A rack of six golden brown and puffy Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Perfectly browned on the outside and buttery on the inside, this traditional Christmas side is designed to soak up those savory pan juices from your holiday roast. A timeless classic.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 21
A ceramic bowl filled with za'atar cacio e pepe and topped with fresh marjoram leaves.

Za’atar Cacio e Pepe

It’s Ottolenghi. Enough said. (Well, okay, we have to say more. Like how everyone who’s tried this swears it’ll forevermore be their simple supper standby.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
Irregularly broken pieces of pine nut brittle

Pine Nut Brittle

Crunchy, sweet, salty, buttery, and nutty all in one. And it comes together in just 30 minutes, which makes it quite practical to toss together batch after batch for gifts if, like us, you get a little carried away with sampling.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Two halved grilled cheese with onion jam on a wooden cutting board alongside a dish of onion jam and a butter knife.

Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 8
A cast-iron skillet filled with chocolate brownie

Skillet Brownies

Intensely gooey, fudgy, crunchy-edged, gluten-free, flourless brownie loveliness. Easy to make. Even easier to make disappear.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 12
A white plate filled with masala shrimp, with lime wedges on the side, and gives sprinkled over, to garnish.

Masala Shrimp

“Masala” essentially means “spiced.” A fitting title for these exquisitely spiced shrimp…though it fails to also capture just how divinely easily they come together.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 2