Mike S., Recipe Tester

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

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
Cherry Pie

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.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 22
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 white plate topped with several pieces of batter-fried chicken.

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.

  • (37)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 145
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.

  • (12)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 49
Ultimate Margarita

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
Eggs Florentine--a round of butter toast topped with creamed spinach, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce

Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine, Benedict, and Arnold. Sorta sounds more like a network of Revolutionary War spies than a brunch menu, yes?

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Sweet Tea Cocktail

Sweet Tea Cocktail

Sweet tea. Whiskey. Lemon juice. That’s all it takes to make a sassy summertime cocktail you’ll want to sip all afternoon long.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 8
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.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
A stemless wine glass filled with spiced cider with a cinnamon stick and orange zest floating inside.

Spiced Cider

It’d be far more apt to call this “Spiked Cider” or “Boozy Cider” given the benevolent amount of bourbon in this toddy.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
A single compost cookie from Christina Tosi.

Compost Cookies®

Don’t knock this till you try its buttery, potato chip-y, chocolate-y, coffee-y goodness. Trust us on this.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Tom Collins

Tom Collins

This gin-spiked sparkling lemonade is perfect for sweltering summer afternoons. And, fittingly, it couldn’t be easier to toss together.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6