Sandy Owen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sandy Owen has tested.

A glass bowl filled with Sriracha mayonnaise and a typed label underneath.

Sriracha Mayonnaise

A simple dipping sauce, sandwich spread, and all around awesome something to slather, dunk, or otherwise devour with anything and everything.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Four wine poached pears in a shallow white baking dish.

Wine Poached Pears

How to explain these wine poached pears? “Divine elegance” comes to mind. Also, easy, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy, and lovely.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 4
A person holding a glass mug of cinnamon tea on a white plate.

Cinnamon Tea

Sorta amazing what loveliness can be wrought from just a stick of cinnamon and some hot water. So simple. So soothing.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
A tray of coconut candy bars cut into squares.

Coconut Candy Bars

These taste like an indulgent mash-up of Mounds candy bars, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumb crust. And chances are you already have everything you need.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
Two chili dogs on a white plate with a fork and knife on the side.

Chili Dog

Who first thought to smother a hot dog with chili and strew it with cheese and cram it into one’s face? We’re talking hero status.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A slice of ham with red eye gravy on a cutting board with a knife and salt and pepper shaker.

Ham with Red Eye Gravy

A Southern classic made from pan drippings and coffee, this little number is going to make you rethink your weekend breakfast making.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 4
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • (4)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 20
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what we’re hearing about this.

  • (5)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 12
Two wrapped tamales on top of an open corn husk

Red Chile Pork Tamales

These red chile pork tamales are the real authentic Mexican deal and taste like they were carefully crafted by the loveliest abuela imaginable. Here’s how to make them.

  • (7)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8 H, 30 M
  • 42
A stack of easy gingerbread pancakes topped with bacon, maple syrup, and creme fraiche in a white bowl.

Easy Gingerbread Pancakes

This easy gingerbread pancakes recipe is easy to make with sugar, spice, lemon zest, and maple syrup with flavors that are welcome waaaaaaay beyond Christmas.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 4