Peter Quick, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Peter Quick has tested.

Peter Quick has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since January 2020. Peter is retired and lives in a motorhome full time, travelling all over North America with his partner, Larry. When not traveling, Vancouver (BC) is their home base. Peter and Larry are both lovers of good food; the first step is making the food. Being a recipe tester has meant trying new things…be it an ingredient, a technique, or a new food–all great fun indeed! He ranks Chicken and Mushroom Pies, Curry Chicken Pot Pie, Everyday Sourdough Bread, Sticky Buns, Rhubarb Brown Sugar Pie as his and Larry’s favorites.

A square baking dish filled with traditional Italian tiramisu with a spoon resting inside and a portion missing.

Traditional Italian Tiramisu

Layers of light and creamy mascarpone custard and boozy coffee-infused ladyfingers. It’s the reason why tiramisu never goes out of style.

Easy beef stir fry, garnished with scallions and sesame seeds, in a large skillet on a counter.

Easy Beef Stir Fry

Everybody loves a quick weeknight dinner that uses what you’ve got on hand—pull out those languishing veggies and whip up a satisfying stir fry!

Cranberry upside-down cake with a large piece missing, on a white plate with a serving knife beside it.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Tart and buttery, with a touch of orange liqueur, this cake is a showstopper. And it’s actually easier than it looks. You’re welcome!

Spaghetti Bolognese in a large metal skillet, being served with tongs, on a wooden table.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Often the first sauce we think of when we think of pasta–Bolognese is a rich, meaty, tomatoey sauce that is as comforting as it is satiating.

Two-thirds of a blueberry custard pie in a pie plate, with 2 dessert plates with a slice of pie on them, one with a fork and a bite missing.

Blueberry Custard Pie

A custardy pie, filled with summer’s favorite berry (come on, you know it’s true), and baked into your choice of crust. Sweet, silky perfection.

A light blue plate with a serving of rigatoni pasta covered with beef ragu, garnished with green herbs.

Pasta with Beef Ragu

If you love pasta, then nothing beats a rich and flavorful beef ragu that tastes like it took all day to make. Even better? When it comes together in 2 hours.

Close-up looking into a mason jar full of pickled green beans and pickling liquid, with a fork.

Dilly Beans

Extraordinarily easy and exceptionally tasty dilly beans are within your grasp. Seriously. They’re tangy, crisp, and outrageously good.

A person scooping a spoonful of mac and cheese with beer from a casserole dish.

Mac and Cheese with Beer

Cheesy noodles, with a crunchy crust of spicy cracker crumbs, are a step up from the same old mac ‘n cheese you’ve been relying on.

Halved slices of sourdough stacked on top of each other on a white and grey marble surface.

Sourdough Bread

Craving that characteristic crust and crumb of an artisanal loaf of sourdough? We have just the beginner’s recipe for you that’s a cinch to pull off at home. Swear.

A white platter with four pork chops with applesauce in a jar on the side and fried sage leaves sprinkled over the pork chops.

Pork Chops with Applesauce

No ordinary pork chops and apples recipe, this particular approach takes its sass from crisp, fried sage leaves and can be on the table in 30 minutes.

An oval serving dish filled with mashed potato gratin and a portion of it on a plate beside the dish.

Mashed Potato Gratin

Our recipe testers called these potatoes “pure heaven,” “yumminess,” and “genius.” That’s just a few of the rave reviews we heard for these delicately flavored spuds.

A rectangular dish filled with curry chicken pot pie and topped with puff pastry.

Curry Chicken Pot Pie

East meets west when warming Indian spices collide with traditional chicken pot pie. Guaranteed to leave you feeling sated and sublime.

Pieces of pan roasted tarragon chicken arranged in a white serving platter with a glass measuring cup and spoon in the background.

Pan Roasted Tarragon Chicken

The unexpected combination of cider vinegar and tarragon makes this classic French chicken dinner impressively spectacular.

A sticky bun topped with caramel and pecans on a plate, with more sticky buns in the background.

Sticky Buns

King Arthur Baking knows a thing or three about dough. Their recipe for gooey, cinnamon-sugared sticky buns proves it.

A chicken mushroom pot pie in a blue and white rectangular pie dish on a floral plate with fried potato chunks next to it.

Chicken Mushroom Pot Pies

A homey potpie with a creamy, savory sauce that you’ll want to lick off the plate. And did we mention the succulent chicken and mushrooms?

Two oval loaves of filone on a wooden board.

Filone

Filone’s chewy crust and light, airy crumb make this everyday Italian bread a standout. Especially doable if it’s your first-time with sourdough bread baking.

Nine roast lemon chicken thighs in a round Dutch oven with lemon slices tucked between them.

Roast Lemon Chicken Thighs

In this simple one-pot supper, chicken thighs are bathed in a sauce that’s informed, though not overwhelmed, by lemon. Warning: You’re gonna wanna spoon that sauce onto everything.

Greek-style sheet pan chicken, olives, zucchini, and lemon slices on a sheet pan with a bowl of tzatziki nearby.

Greek-Style Sheet Pan Chicken

An entire meal on a sheet pan. That pretty sums up this weeknight meal that’s short on fuss and long on Greek-inspired flavor and is actually healthy yet doesn’t taste like it.

A scoop of za'atar spice blend on a white background.

Za’atar Spice Blend

The best way to know you’re getting the freshest—and best-est— blend of zaatar is to make it yourself. Here’s how.