Samantha L., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Samantha L. has tested.

A white bowl filled with warm marinated lentil salad with feta cheese slabs on top.

Marinated Lentil Salad

Love lentils? Us, too. Even if you don’t, give this recipe a whirl. The combination of lentils with a spiced nut vinaigrette, fresh basil, and slabs of feta cheese may change your mind.

Five sweet potato patties stacked on a plate with a dollop of crème fraîche on top and a fork on the side.

Sweet Potato Patties

Prepare to be wowed by these crispy panko-crusted mashed sweet potato cakes. We certainly were.

Sablés Breton with crosshatched tops, in two rows, on a crinkled sheet of parchment paper.

Sablés Breton

This seemingly simple little biscuit from France will wow you with its flaky, buttery perfection. Fantastique!

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 white bowl filled with slices of eggplant, rings of chiles, covered with chopped garlic and purple basil.

Taiwanese-Style Eggplant

A sweet, salty, and spicy eggplant dish that’s even better than takeout. Brining then frying in a blazing hot wok gives it a spectacular finish.

A sheet pan with 9 chicken thighs covered in a deep reddish sauce, blackened in spots.

Pomegranate Sumac Chicken

A sticky, sweet, and lightly spiced platter of roasted chicken thighs sounds pretty fantastic, doesn’t it? Let us assure you, it really is.

A whole chocolate meringue mousse cake with one slice cut from it.

Chocolate Meringue Mousse Cake

A chocolate lover’s dream come true, in the form of a lightly textured, dark chocolate mousse. Not too sweet, not too rich—just right.

A glass bowl partially filled with Thai chili jam and a spoon on the side.

Thai Chili Jam

A lovely jar of sweet, funky heat for those of you who love anything with a little extra kick. Add a little (or a lot, you spice fanatics) to anything you fancy.

Four individual servings of cardamom panna cotta with rhubarb on a serving tray.

Cardamom Panna Cotta with Rhubarb

A lovely and light refresher with a tangy topping, steeped with warming cardamom. Easier to make than you might think, this elegant panna cotta is a simple stunner.

A white bowl filled with lamb kofte and parsley and tomato salad.

Lamb Kofte

Authentic lamb meatballs like you’d get in a Middle Eastern restaurant that are easy to make at home yet really quite hard to resist.

An apple tea cake on a wire rack with three slices cut from it and one on a blue and white plate.

Apple Tea Cake

Not as dense or as sweet as a pound cake, this lovely tea cake is rich and buttery and subtly infused with layers of apple and cinnamon with a tart lemon drizzle as a finishing flourish.