Mike S., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Mike S. has tested.

A baking sheet with 6 spicy baked chicken wings glazed with hot sauce, a jar of sauce nearby

Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Baked chicken wings? As in, chicken wings without the butter, deep-frying, or grease-splattered stovetop? Count us in.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 10
A shallow white dish filled with coffee creme brulee, with a spoon resting inside.

Coffee Crème Brûlée

“I’ve actually had friends lift their gratin dish and lick it clean—right at the table!” says David Lebovitz. We’ll have one of those. Actually, we’ll have two.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 10
Pieces of batter-fried chicken piled on a white platter.

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that it doesn’t take buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.

  • (61)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 219
A single compost cookie from Christina Tosi.

Compost Cookies®

The curious name of these insanely can’t-stop-eating-these sweet and salty cookies hints at how you toss in whatever this and that you have on hand to create awesomeness.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 4
A large coil of Italian sausage and broccoli rabe in an oval skillet.

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Barely a recipe, this weeknight salvation of sausage and broccoli rabe is more like a simple blueprint for eating in season. Amen to that.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
A lattice-topped cherry pie on a baking sheet.

Cherry Pie

We’re not going to do a song and dance to try to entice you to bake this cherry pie. We don’t need to. Just look at it. A stunner, right? And wait’ll you taste it. Here’s how to make it.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 24
A tall glass of frozen margarita with a salt rim and lime wheel beside a bowl of chips and guacamole

Frozen Margarita

There are those people who feel a frozen margarita is a lesser margarita. We are not those people.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 8
A parchment-lined square pan of buttermilk cornbread cut into squares, with one square missing.

Buttermilk Cornbread

“Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “Like eating cake.” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this unconventional cornbread.

  • (13)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 53
Three glasses of ultimate margarita with lime wedges.

Ultimate Margarita

A simple, clean break from tradition, this margarita eschews cloying Cointreau in lieu of a splash of sweet agave.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 18