Marilee Johnson, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Marilee Johnson has tested.

A halved fancy tuna melt with tomato and cucumber on a baguette on a piece of parchment.

Fancy Tuna Melt

A tuna melt is a tuna melt is a tuna melt, right? Uh, not exactly. This is a welcome departure from what we choked down as children.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

Grilled Artichokes

Simple and stunning. That’s what we expect outta any side that we pull off the grill. These artichokes deliver all that—and then some.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.

  • (2)
  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 14
Potatoes with Mexican chorizo tucked inside tortillas with a glass of beer on the side.

Potatoes With Mexican Chorizo

Easy, authentic, and awesome any time of day, whether accompanied by steaming hot coffee in the morning or cold cerveza any (other) time of day. One of our recipes folks rave about most.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 14
Several oatmeal chocolate chip cookies cooling on a rack, one with a bite out of it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Expect a slightly ginormous, squat, thin cookie that’s chewy in the center, crisp at the edges, and uncommonly good through and through.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 4
A tangle of fettuccine with scallops finished with lemon zest and chervil on a brown plate.

Fettuccine with Scallops

Whether you need a no-fail romantic or celebratory dinner for two, here’s how to pull it off with ease and impressiveness.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
A southside cocktail on a napkin on a silver tray with a potato chip and sprig of mint beside it.

Southside Cocktail

Mint. Muddled. Mine. When we’ve got this gin-based mojito on our minds, those are about the only words we can muster. Well, maybe add “More.”

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 12