Mary Joan L., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mary Joan L. has tested.

A canning jar filled with pickled wild mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Pickled Wild Mushrooms

So easy to toss together. So understated yet sophisticated. So wise in capturing and preserving something during its season.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
Nine slices of raspberry peach coffee cake with a bowl of raspberries nearby and some more raspberries scattered around the cake.

Raspberry Peach Coffee Cake

Oh baby. We wait all year for stone fruits to be in season so we can make this. Ideal for breakfast, desert, and everything in between.

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  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 55 M
  • 2
Person holding a plate of fried pork dumplings, with a bowl of black pepper scallion dipping sauce

Fried Pork Dumplings

Call them fried pork dumplings, Chinese dumplings, or even potstickers. Whatever you do, don’t call them difficult to make. So much easier to make than you’d ever imagine.

  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 6
A chipped pot filled with apple pie moonshine, apple wedges and whole spices with a tray of glasses filled with the moonshine beside it.

Apple Pie Moonshine

Become your own bootlegger. Start with vodka, toss in some apples and spices, and wait overnight. That’s it. Then splash it in a punch bowl, pour it into Mason jars or just keep it all to yourself and indulge in a nip once in a while.

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  • 20 M
  • 10 H, 30 M
  • 2
Casserole dish of acquacotta maremmana, a thick, slow-cooked stew of vegetables, poured over a slice of stale bread with poached eggs on top

Acquacotta

Acquacotta. It may become your new favorite word after you take a taste of it. Sorta like shakshuka, it’s Italian bread soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially tomatoes, onions, and chiles gilded with poached eggs and a little Parmesan.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Zucchini Salad

Shaved Zucchini Salad

A jumble of raw shaved vegetables that comes together easily, tastes magnificent, and doesn’t even require you to turn on the stove. Sounds like a summer staple to us.

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  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A stone bowl of mint pesto with a knife on top on a metal sheet pan

Mint Pesto

A novel take on the classic. Mint leaves, peanuts, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Chorizo Eggs Benedict

Chorizo Eggs Benedict

Chorizo eggs Benedict. It’s essentially eggs and Hollandaise and chorizo and it tastes like a superlative Spanish homage to a breakfast classic.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Strozzapreti

Strozzapreti

Dumplings that were named for a pasta-loving priest who got a little gluttonous and strangled himself by swallowing them whole. Gotta be good, eh?

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  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 2
Cup of tea with a molasses spice cookie on the saucer, more cookies in a pile and on a wire rack

Molasses Spice Cookies

Not your ordinary molasses spice cookies, these owe their nice hit of savory to a hit of black pepper. Once you’ve tried these, you may never go back.

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  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0
Medium-rare sliced standing rib roast on a cutting board

How To Make Standing Rib Roast

Knowing how to make a simple standing rib roast is literally a life changer. And it couldn’t be easier. Here’s all you need to know.

  • 10 M
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 16
A bowl filled with mango chutney, with visible pieces of cinnamon and star anise

Mango Chutney

You’d never, ever guess how quick and easy it is to make this authentic Indian condiment at home. And let’s not forget how delicious it is. So much so that folks are calling it “outstanding” and “magic.” Enough said.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2