Olivia Bleitz, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Olivia Bleitz has tested.

Olivia Bleitz

Olivia Bleitz is a St. Louis native that has always loved food but struggled to boil water until her mid-twenties. She fell hard and fast for time in the kitchen: exploring new ingredients, cuisines, and loving the hunt for a particular ingredient or creating overly detailed multi-course menus. She has had the opportunity to further leverage her Type-A personality in the kitchen by helping to test recipes with Leite’s Culinaria and others for the past three years.

A cast-iron skillet filled with glazed biscuit cinnamon rolls on a wire rack.

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

When you want the taste of cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time (or yeast!), enter these shortcut lovelies laced with spice and lavished with cream cheese icing.

Coconut lime cookies drizzled with icing and garnished with lime zest on wax paper.

Coconut Lime Cookies

Think sugar cookie meets margarita. Or something like that. And just as difficult to stop at a single taste.

A Kentucky butter cake on a white plate with a slice cut from it on a plate in the background

Kentucky Butter Cake

This sweet, buttery Southern pound cake is infused with rum extract and topped with a buttery vanilla sauce. Thankfully, it makes a big cake because it’s nearly impossible to stop after just one slice.

A baking pan filled with baklava granola

Baklava Granola

Like baklava, this baklava granola is filled with nuts, honey, cinnamon, and spices. Imagine, baklava for breakfast!

A woman's hand piling up superfood breakfast cookies

Superfood Breakfast Cookies

The best part of waking up are these super-charged breakfast cookies loaded with oats, bananas, berries, and chocolate chips.

Pieces of yogurt and spice marinated salmon on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet with cilantro, onion, and lime wedge garnishes on the side.

Yogurt and Spice Marinated Salmon

“11/10!!!” “Ridiculously fast! Ridiculously good!!” “Where has this recipe been my whole life!?” “The flavors, the simplicity.” That’s what we’re hearing about this quickie of a salmon supper.

A wire rack with a blueberry coffee cake and 2 slices on it, glazed and with a spoon sitting beside it.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Breakfast, snack, dessert–blueberry coffee cake does all that and more. Full of berries and topped with sweet glaze, you’re going to love it.

Floral pasta bowl, filled with crab pasta, sprinkled with parsley and Parmesan. A cheese grater and larger bowl in the background.

Buttery Crab Pasta

Seafood pasta is always a little luxurious—even on Wednesday night, and even when the pasta in question is ready in half an hour.

A metal pan filled with a parchment sling and peanut butter and jam swirled blondies.

Swirled Blondies

Our testers likened this to the magical, scrumptious offspring of a blondie and a classic PB&J. Sounds like heaven to us. And it kinda sounds like breakfast, too.

A white bowl filled with vegan chickpea and orzo salad with lemon zest garnish.

Vegan Chickpea and Orzo Salad

Chock full of vegetables and healthy protein, orzo salad will save your work lunches, on-the-go dinners, and leisurely brunches by the pool.

Seven vanilla bean oatmeal cookies scattered across a cooling rack and kitchen towel.

Vanilla Bean Oatmeal Cookies

A classic that’s loved by nearly everybody. A chewy center and delicate flavor of vanilla give them an appeal beyond your everyday oatmeal biscuits. Perfect for sharing, too.