Mardi Michels, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mardi Michels has tested.

Mardi Michels

Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher to elementary school-aged boys and the author of Eat. Live. Travel. Write.–a blog focusing on culinary adventures near and far. As part of her job, she runs after-school cooking classes for her students and their families (classes are currently virtual).  Mardi grew up in Australia, lived and taught in Paris for over five years, and now calls Toronto home. In 2014, Mardi and her husband purchased a home in southwest France, which they operate as a vacation rental property.

Mardi also offers French cooking and baking classes for adults and children around Toronto. Her first book, In the French Kitchen with Kids, was published July 31, 2018 (Appetite by Random House). Her second book, French Food for Everyone, will be published chapter by chapter starting with le goûter (after-school snacks) on August 31, 2021. Read more here.

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Sixteen date bars on a piece of parchment paper on a round oval tray.

Date Bars

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.

A pink bowl filled with lemon garlic shrimp pasta with a fork resting inside.

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.

A white plate topped with crispy smashed potato salad sprinkled with pancetta and chives and topped with a creamy dressing.

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.

Three easy marinated chicken skewers on a blue plate and a fourth one on top of a piece of flatbread.

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.

A raspberry almond crumble cake, with a slice on its side on a circle of parchment paper

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.