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 pink bowl filled with flower-shaped sugar cookies topped with decorating sugar

Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Sure, you could say it with flowers. Although if novelty is what you’re after, a bouquet isn’t exactly the answer. These sweet little somethings, on the other hand….

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 47
Lemon and Thyme Risotto

Lemon and Thyme Risotto

A lilt of lemon and hints of thyme dance throughout this simple risotto. The best they’ve ever tasted.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 15
Diamond red chili and Cheddar crackers in a wooden bowl; a glass a wine and hunk of cheese

Red Chili and Cheddar Crackers

These can’t-stop-eating-them crackers boast actual aged Cheddar cheesiness. Stain-your-fingers faux Cheez-It-ness just can’t compete.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 11
Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Authentic Carnitas

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that’s fall-apart-tender pork goodness ready for tacos.

Perfect Baked Bacon Recipe

Baked Bacon

This perfect baked bacon recipe, made on a baking sheet in the oven, is a ridiculously easy way to cook bacon for a crowd. No fuss.

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 46
Fried chicken in a vinaigrette sauce on a paper bag, chopsticks nearby

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.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 16
Best Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Best Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are like the baking version of those Choose Your Own Adventure books, which means your cookies end up exactly the way you like them.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 35
Casserole dish with cooked sliced potatoes covered with cheese and sprinkled with thyme

Potatoes Dauphinoise

Potatoes. Cream. Cheese. And a French lineage. We really don’t think comfort food gets any more comfort-y than this.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A casserole dish with four halves of roasted winter squash filled with cheese-topped stuffing

Stuffed Winter Squash

Easy. Healthy. Tasty. Insanely versatile. It can even be vegetarian if you please. Trust us when we say you’re going to wonder how you ever made it through winter without this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Golf-ball size cheese balls with pretzel stems sitting on a wooden cheese board

Blue Cheese Balls

Birthday bashes. Cocktail parties. Thanksgiving dinner. Tuesday nights. These are but some occasions we’ve watched these disappear.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
An iron plate with a pile of sautéed romaine lettuce topped with toasted pine nuts

Sauteed Romaine

Sauteed romaine is a quick and healthy side dish that’s gonna upend your notions of what purpose romaine was meant to serve on this planet. Bye bye, salads.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2