Robert McCune, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Robert McCune has tested.

A glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, made with layers of sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and ice cubes with a coffee drip over it.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Ca Phe Sua Da

A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here’s how to succumb at home.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 28
An oval platter filled with homemade spaetzle.

Homemade Spaetzle

Spaetzle is like homemade pasta but without all that fussy rolling out, which makes it as easy as it is satisfying. Not to mention cheap as can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
A white bowl filled with Italian kale soup, topped with ciabatta and melted cheese, with a spoon resting on the side.

Italian Kale Soup | Zuppa Valdostana

Comfort fusion food for the soul, this reflects both the frugality of Italian peasant food yet also respects the essential nature of cheese in Swiss and French cooking.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

There’s a lot to like here. The caramelized sweetness of sweet potatoes and onions. The salty and tangy creaminess of feta. And the knowing that you’re doing something decent for yourself without it tasting like penance.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 15
Three homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years. Save for the crazy price tag. Here’s a less expensive, more customizable alternative.

  • (40)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 199
A glass of green smooth and a second glass that is on its side with green smoothie poured out.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 19
A bowl of congee garnished with scallions and freshly ground black pepper with some fritters on the side.

Congee | Jok Plaw

A simple, silken rice porridge that’s certain to soothe and salve the soul—especially those souls afflicted with a sore throat or a queasy tummy.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 2 H
  • 12
Shaved root vegetable salad in a grey bowl with a fork and spoon resting inside.

Shaved Root Vegetable Salad

Elegant evidence that salad need not be reserved for warmer months. A stunner of a salad in which humble root vegetables are elevated with peppery greens, fried pancetta, and Parmesan.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 7