Sandy Owen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sandy Owen has tested.

A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese With Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence. This baked mac ‘n cheese, with Colby, Cheddar, and crisp, buttery bread crumbs can be made ahead of time, too.

Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tar Heel Pie ~ Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich chocolate brownie pie filling is impossibly fudgy, so much so it’s simply too gooey to consume out of hand

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.