Sandy Hill, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sandy Hill has tested.

Gray speckled bowl of beet salad with feta and pumpkin seeds, along with spinach and sliced red onions.

Beet Salad with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

A stunning jumble of ingredients you’ll forget are healthy the moment you take a bite. Sweet roasted beets. Peppery watercress. Tangy feta. And a perfectly balanced vinaigrette.

A individual huckleberry crisp in a white bowl topped with whipped cream and a spoon on the side.

Huckleberry Crisp

Sweetly tart and laced with spice, this huckleberry (or blueberry, if you’d rather) crisp recipe is gonna rock your world.

A slice of chocolate cream pie with Oreo crust and chocolate curls on a white plate with a fork resting beside it.

Chocolate Cream Pie with Oreo Crust

First you make an Oreo cookie crust. Then you smother it with a bittersweet and semisweet chocolate custard. The final flourish is whipped cream infused with vanilla. Sigh.

A wooden cutting board with a carved grilled Greek chicken and a knife resting beside it.

Grilled Greek Chicken

Fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon lend this chicken its effusive Greek accent. A foolproof grilling technique makes it irresistible in any language.

Two coconut cream pies with meringue tops, pastry crusts, and sprinkled with shredded coconut

Coconut Cream Pie

A retro classic with a velvety coconut custard buried beneath billows of sweet, luscious, airy meringue and cushioned by a tender, flaky, buttery lard crust. You’re welcome.

Sugar Christmas snow cookies, in various shapes, decorated with white icing.

Sugar Christmas Snow Cookies

What exactly is a snow cookie? It’s a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth moment of loveliness, and it’s as easy to roll,
bake, and decorate as it is to admire–and devour.

A single basic crepe, folded into quarters on a sheet of parchment with two lemon wedges beside it.

Basic Crepes

A simple, step-by-step recipe for the classic French crepe that can easily be mastered by anyone. Yes, anyone. Including you.

Apple spiced bourbon toddies on a tray in front of an outdoor fire, one being poured from a thermos in a gloved hand.

Apple Spiced Bourbon Toddies

Infinitely more complex than the toddy of yore, this little number owes its lure to apple-y cider spiked with a hint of star anise and quite an indecent glug of bourbon.

Day of the Dead bread on a plate, 2 with sugar and 2 with white sesame seeds, beside a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and a sugar skull.

Day of the Dead Bread ~ Pan de Muerto

Mexican Day of the Dead is a sweet celebration of those who have gone before us as well as an enticement for them to come back for a day or two to celebrate with us.

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

Salmon burgers in a cast-iron skillet, beside a plate with a salmon patty on a bun, topped with Sriracha mayo, avocado, and diced red onion.

Salmon Burgers

Just in time for National Salmon Day. If you’re craving a burger (always!?) but also wanting some measure of healthiness, then here’s our solution. Craving satisfied.

A yellow Dutch oven filled with white bean and chicken chili, topped with pieces of bacon.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Stop your scoffing. This may not be conventional chili, but it’s no sissy imposter. It’s just a little subtler, soupier, and smokier.

A brown and white pottery bowl filled with bucatini all'Amatriciana, topped with pecorino and parsley.

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

All’Amatriciana—go on, roll that “r” like they do in Italy—means a spicy pasta sauce of tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Prego.

A loaf of gluten-free pumpkin bread lying on a table with 3 slices, with a butter knife and flowers in the background.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Our testers universally loved this quick bread that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo friendly. And no one will ever know the difference. Swear.

A bowl of white beans and Tuscan kale, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

White Beans and Tuscan Kale

A satiating, simple meal that is Italian food at its best–full of robust flavors and easy prep. Serve as a side or on its own with a slice of homemade bread.

A parchment covered counter with lines of raw peanut butter cookies and a meat-tenderizing mallet.

Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

These uncannily crisp, seemingly shortbreadish cookies from San Francisco’s Miette are–and we mean this–unlike any you’ve ever encountered.

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

“Everything I love about brownies. The fudgy center. The crisp edges. And that wondrous crinkly top.” That’s what folks are saying about these.

Eight slices of tomato bruschetta with a bowl of tomato bruschetta on the side.

Tomato Bruschetta

An iconic Italian appetizer that’s easy and comes together in minutes, making it a no-brainer in terms of entertaining—whether for guests or just yourself.