Natalie Reebel, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Natalie Reebel has tested.

Natalie Reebel

Natalie Reebel grew up in southern California in a home that put fusion on the dinner table long before restaurants “invented” it. Her maternal grandparents were from Italy, her paternal grandmother from Mexico, and her family would seek out German, Asian, and Scandinavian cuisines at restaurants. Despite having such an early and expansive exposure to food, Reebel didn’t learn to cook until she got married. She soon found spending time in the kitchen to be a joy and stress-reliever. She even started a home-based cheesecake factory, although she quickly realized that she had too many plates in the air to keep that going. Reebel currently teaches a high school culinary arts class in southern Oregon, sharing her philosophy of eating with your family, keeping food simple, avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and supporting local producers.

A white plate topped with huevos rancheros - crispy tortilla, fried eggs, fresh salsa, and Cotija cheese.

Huevos Rancheros

A comforting, satiating breakfast, lunch, or supper. The sort of sustenance that never, ever disappoints.

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  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Three homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years. Save for the crazy price tag. Here’s a less expensive, more customizable alternative.

  • (39)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 195
A sliced Korean steak on a rimmed baking sheet with a knife resting on the sheet and bowls of kimchi and daikon nearby.

Korean Steak

This isn’t quite bulgolgi, the classic Korean barbecue. But this little number is salty, sweet, and quite reminiscent of its longer-marinated inspiration.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 8
A trussed classic roast chicken on a rack, set inside a skillet.

Classic Roast Chicken

Succulent. Crisp-skinned. Simple. If that’s what you seek in a roast hen, your search stops with this ooh- and aah-inducing technique.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 55 M
  • 18
Rows of peanut butter sandies dough balls with a cookie scoop placing another dough ball on the surface.

Peanut Butter Sandies

New York Times’ reporter Julia Moskin divulges the recipe for City Bakery’s Peanut Butter Sandies. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 13
A glass of green smooth and a second glass that is on its side with green smoothie poured out.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 17
A brown bowl filled with ginger and carrot stir-fry on a wooden mat.

Ginger and Carrot Stir-Fry

There’s nothing wallflowerish about this stir-fry, not with its gingery zing of tongue-tingling, sinus-clearing, tummy-settling ginger. Nothing at all.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Plate of roasted cauliflower brushed with hot sauce and topped with crumbled blue cheese in front of a door

Buffalo Cauliflower

All the awesomeness of Buffalo wings. All the virtuousness of cauliflower. You can have it all with this game day recipe.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 15
Four mugs filled with chili con carne with one spoon resting inside a mug and four others laying beside the mugs.

Chili con Carne

“Outstanding!” “A sophisticated uptown chili.” “The bomb.” That’s what we’re hearing about this classic chili con carne recipe.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 4
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
A white oval serving plate partly filled with pasta alla Norma with a spoon resting on the plate.

Pasta alla Norma

We’ve tasted a lot of pasta alla Norma recipes in our day, and we gotta say, after trying this one, we’re calling it quits on our search for the perfect recipe. Because this is it.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 16
A cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • (7)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
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