Sue Epstein, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sue Epstein has tested.

Big glass bowl of layers of vanilla wafer banana pudding topped with sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It’s still easy. It’s still quick. And it’s still gosh darned comforting as heck.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Two beer can chickens sitting on cans of beer in aluminum tray, a tray of smolder wood chips nearby

Beer Can Chicken

A whole hen plunked unceremoniously on a can and cooked on the grill or in the oven. A tailgating classic that’s simple and perfect—even when you’re not tailgating.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
Homemade Pastrami

Homemade Pastrami

Pastrami. We consider it the other corned beef. We also consider it darn easy to make it yourself.

  • 45 M
  • 5 D, 7 H
  • 67
White bowl of fresh peas and mint

Fresh Peas with Mint

Is there anything that screams spring more than these lightly buttered peas with a wee bit of cooling mint on top? We think not.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Just like mom made. That’s what we’re hearing from folks who grew up hoovering this classic, quick, easy, cheap Italian staple any and all times of day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
Basket of homemade bagels topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds

Homemade Bagels

Bagels–true, chewy, malty bagels–aren’t just a New York thing. They’re easy to make at home and better than bagels you can buy from the freezer section.

  • 45 M
  • 12 H
  • 34
Passover Brownies

Passover Brownies

The best kosher-for-Passover brownies we’ve ever had. Ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in purgatory–or eggs simmered in tomato sauce–is a simple breakfast or supper. Serve the purgatory eggs over toasted bread rubbed with garlic.

  • 35 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Gianduia Brownies

Nutella Brownies

And, on the seventh day, God created gianduia (zhahn-doo-yah). And the world has been a more glorious place ever since.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
Beignets

Beignets

Airy and addictive, these iconic, anytime-of-day New Orleans pastries come buried beneath mounds of sweet, sweet confectioners’ sugar and are as crazy addictive as crack.

  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

Making stock from scratch was never difficult. And it just became even easier thanks to this slick slow cooker approach.

  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 29
A white mug of chicken stock

Microwave Chicken Stock

Here’s how to make microwave chicken stock or broth in the microwave. It’s easy. And inexpensive. Not to mention incredibly quick—done in 10 minutes. Wowsa, right?!

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A skillet with three pieces of pan fried fish and lemon slices

Pan Fried Fish

Pan fried fish has never been as easy or as enticing as these perfectly cooked fillets with crisp skin. Easy and on the table in minutes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0