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 a 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 partially covered Dutch oven filled with cooked Parmesan potato gratin.

Parmesan Potato Gratin

We used to get our gratins and scalloped potatoes confused. But then we tried this gratin. Guess which one is now our favorite?!

A casserole dish of baked mac and cheese with carrots.

Mac and Cheese with Carrots

Simple and, yes, a little sneaky, this kid-friendly, fuss-free, casserole-like mac and cheese melds Cheddar and carrot to healthful effect.

A peach and crème fraîche pie sitting on a window sill with a pitcher nearby.

Peach and Crème Fraîche Pie

Whether you seek convention or innovation, you’ll find it in this haute yet humble peach pie, which draws on tradition yet still wields some surprises.

A stack of four ground turkey sliders plus one resting on its side with lemon wedges on a cutting board.

Ground Turkey Sliders

If ever there was an unabashedly, unapologetically girlie burger, this is it. Still, we’ve seen guys polish them off without complaint.

A wedge of white pizza on a piece of parchment.

White Pizza

We find this lovely, albeit subtly flavored, little number to be one of the simpler pleasures in life. We think you’ll concur.

A sliced steak chimichurri with a gravy boat filled with chimichurri on the side.

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

Two coconut cream pies with meringue tops, pastry crusts, and sprinkled with shredded coconut

Coconut Cream Pie

A retro classic with a velvety coconut custard buried beneath billows of sweet, luscious, airy meringue and cushioned by a tender, flaky, buttery lard crust. You’re welcome.

Garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter and black pepper inside a copper pot, resting on a kitchen towel.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Silken, garlicky mashed potatoes manifest in mere minutes thanks to a super simple technique that’s perfect for when you’re entertaining or just plain hungry.

A chicken, sweet potato, and bacon casserole in an oval dish, topped with melted cheese

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Casserole

“Simple.” “Delicious.” “Awesome.” “Lovely.” “Wonderful.” “What’s not to love?” That’s what folks are saying about this almost obscenely satisfying casserole.

Bacon peanut brittle in shards, in a mug lined with parchment paper.

Bacon Peanut Brittle

An unexpected yet inspired concoction of sweet, salt, and smoke that’ll put your childhood recollections of brittle to shame.

Bourbon sweet potatoes in a white oval baking dish.

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

One way to down your sweet potatoes? Drown them in butter, sugar, bourbon, and maple syrup. It’s The Southern Way. And we can’t say we have a problem with this.

A poached pear with warm coffee sauce on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoon.

Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce

Simply stunning. Stunningly simple. These fancy pants pears are perfect after being poached in a cinnamon-infused syrup and drizzled with a coffee-infused caramel sauce.

Cinnamon toast bars on a baking sheet with two slices on the side.

Cinnamon Toast Bars

Just like cinnamon toast. Except better. Your kids will worship you. So will your inner kid.

Pasta alla Norma on a white oval serving plate with a spoon resting on the side.

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.

Momofuku fried chicken pieces on a piece of brown paper, covered with Octo Vin, with chopsticks piled beside.

Momofuku’s Fried Chicken

This flour-free fried bird is contrary to everything we know about fried chicken. Or think we know. That’s exactly what makes it so darn genius.

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

A white plate with 3 shredded beef enchiladas covered with melted cheese and diced onions, with a knife and fork.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Shredded beef and gooey cheese and a pretty mild sauce. Just 20 minutes in the oven, then compliments all around. Thanks, Homesick Texan.

Pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board, surrounded by measuring spoons full of various spices.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as dumping some spices you probably already have, into a bowl and stirring them together. No need to run to the store. You’re welcome.

Pumpkin spice cookies stacked on a wooden cutting board.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

“Soft, spicy, holiday memory-invoking.” “Spiced perfectly.” “So easy.” “Lovely.” That’s what folks are saying about these.