Renee Schettler, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Renee Schettler has tested.

Several chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and candies on top on a wooden chair.

Halloween Candy Cupcakes

Halloween candy still tempting, teasing, tormenting you? We divulge how to keep it outta your house—and off your hips.

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 glass bowl filled with a poached nectarine half and raspberries with a spoon on the side.

Poached Nectarines

A stunningly chic summer dessert with a taste that belies its ease of prep. We promise, we won’t tell if you don’t.

Two barbecue pork burgers with slaw and barbecue sauce stacked on top of each other.

Barbecue Pork Burgers

A weeknight-friendly riff on slow-roasted pulled pork that juxtaposes tangy bbq sauce, succulent pork, and old-fashioned slaw, all in a jiffy.

A platter of ribs covered with Texas-style barbecue sauce, and a glass of extra sauce on the side.

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

Ridiculously easy to make yet complex as heck in taste. Slightly sweet with only a hint of heat. Kid-tested and adult-approved.

A white dish partially filled with blueberry crumble, with a spoon resting on top and a colander filled with blueberries beside it.

Blueberry Crumble

Need to bring something to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home? This blueberry crumble with a crumbly oatmeal cookie topping is your answer.

Cast iron skillet with a pan boxty(Irish potato pancake) in it, on a wooden cutting board

Pan Boxty ~ Irish Potato Pancake

An Irish classic for a darn good reason. Actually, three reasons—it’s shamelessly simple, flagrantly frugal, and undeniably delicious. Lovers of colcannon, rösti, latkes, and hash browns will find comfort here.

A spiral-cut glazed ham on a white platter with a carving set beside it.

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham

We, too, were startled by the shocker ingredient in this intriguingly sweet, Easter-rific glazed ham. Tasting is believing.

A bowl of authentic Vietnamese pho with rice noodles, beef, lemon, basil, and scallions in it and a pair of chopsticks resting on top of the bowl.

Authentic Vietnamese Pho

Here’s how to make the exquisitely nuanced and awesomely slurpable Vietnamese beef and rice noodle soup known as pho.

Two pan seared chicken breasts in a stainless steel skillet with a pair of tongs resting on one of the chicken breasts.

Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender meat. And a stovetop that isn’t spattered with grease. This is gonna change your weeknight chicken game.

A person holding an ice cream cone filled with rich vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream. Just sorta defines summer, yes? And what better way can you imagine spending a lazy afternoon than making and devouring this childhood classic?

A white bowl of braised radishes on a marble countertop.

Braised Radishes

When subjected to gentle heat, radishes’ vibrant fire engine red fades to the palest shade of pink and their peppery rawness gives way to a complex nuttiness.

A skillet with caramelized onions and a spatula moving the onions.

How to Caramelize Onions

So-called “caramelized onions” that take just 20 minutes to turn a limpid softness and a pale golden are no substitute for the complex sweetness of properly caramelized alliums. Here’s how to do it right.

A stock pot filled with mushrooms, leeks, garlic, onion, carrots, and parsley for making roast chicken stock.

Roast Chicken Stock

Sure, made-from-scratch stock like grandma used to make is frugal beyond belief. But wait till you see what it does for your cooking.

A pile of baked french fries, sprinkled with salt and fresh parsley on a paper towel.

Baked French Fries

Crisp yet tender potato-y goodness that’ll ease your craving, each and every time. You’ll never guess they’re not fried.

Four bowls of salt and sugar pickles; one with watermelon, one with red radish, one with cucumber, and one with daikon radish.

Salt and Sugar Pickles

These quick pickles–quickles!–aren’t at all like the ones your grandma put up each year. They’re better.

A metal skillet filled with warm olives, rosemary, and lemon zest.

Warm Olives

Simple and impressive and ready in less time than it takes to run and buy marinated olives. That’s what we call honest entertaining.