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 person stirring flour into the basic pan gravy with a wooden spoon on a rimmed baking sheet.

Basic Pan Gravy

Great gravy doesn’t just happen by chance. Here’s how it does happen. And with no fuss. No mess. No lumps. Just easy, foolproof, soul-satisfying gravy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 11
A slab of pumpkin seven layer bars cut into ten pieces on a wooden board.

Pumpkin Spice Seven Layer Bars

We’d be happy to tuck into these layers of messy goodness any time, any place. Thanksgiving or Fourth of July, makes no difference to us. Or anyone we know who’s experienced them.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Carnitas ~ Mexican Braised Pork

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that makes for conversation-stopping, fall-apart-tender awesomeness.

  • (33)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 131
Two homemade toaster tarts on a sheet of parchment drizzled with glaze.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Though we dearly loved Pop Tarts as kids, even then we thought the packaged pastries ought to be better. Flakier. Fruitier. Fresher. Just like these. And they’re quite simple to pull off.

  • (4)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 22
Three coconut popsicles in a dish filled with ice.

Coconut Popsicles

We dubbed these lovelies “stealthy healthy” cuz they’re creamy, satiating, unadulterated loveliness would never lead you to believe they’re actually healthy.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 16
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.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2
Two glass cups filled with peaches and cream ice cream.

Peaches and Cream Ice Cream

Confession. This isn’t exactly ice cream. Yet it’s not frozen yogurt, either. It falls somewhere blissfully in between with its not-too-sweet creaminess. And no ice cream maker required.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
A tray of s'mores brownies with a spatula resting inside and several brownies missing.

S’mores Brownies

Chewy, gooey, and chocolatey, these crackly topped brownies buried beneath slightly charred marshmallow are the ideal balance of cakey, fudgy, and nostalgia-inducing messiness.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 14