Susan Bingaman, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Susan Bingaman has tested.

Susan Bingaman

Growing up, Susan Bingaman might have been deemed the pickiest eater this side of anywhere, but the pages of her grandmother’s copies of Gourmet and Bon Appetit changed all that. There was more to life than American cheese sandwiches with only yellow mustard on white bread, after all. She went on to become a Food Scientist fulfilling a dream of working in a test kitchen. Since then, Susan’s been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since June 2004 and was part of the team of testers for David’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table.

She works for a major midwestern grocery store chain figuring nutrition facts for prepared foods. She lives in central Iowa with her husband and son where she hopes to break the chain of picky eating. There’s always a batch of Banana Bread Muffins in the freezer and, she’s quick to slather Cream Cheese Frosting on most everything, except when they are having Bucatini all’Amatriciana or Char Siu Pork for dinner.

A bowl of creamy pork and egg noodles

Creamy Pork and Egg Noodles

This umami-rich bowl of creamy comfort requires only one pan, is on the table in just 40 minutes, and utilizes a genius hack for creating a stroganoff-esque sauce.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake cut into six pieces on a piece of parchment paper, with a serving knife nearby.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake

A terrifically tasty cake, one that’s reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodle cookies. What are you waiting for? Your new favorite awaits!

Quick cacio e pepe in a large black serving bowl beside a bowl of shredded cheese and a bowl of black pepper.

Quick Cacio e Pepe

Dinner doesn’t get any easier or more elegant than pasta tossed with butter, olive oil, Parmesan and pecorino Romano cheeses, and dusted with lots of black pepper.

Cauliflower bacon gratin in a large green rectangular baking dish with melted cheese.

Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin

This cauliflower gratin recipe from Dorie Greenspan is French comfort food, yet it wouldn’t be out of place on a distinctly American Thanksgiving table.

Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream on a white plate with a fork, beside a small bowl of extra toffee sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sweet, sticky, and classic. What else matters when you’re looking for a traditional dessert that tastes as good as this one does?

Skillet mac and cheese in a grey bowl with a spoon, garnished with extra shredded cheese.

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Add this simple skillet mac and cheese, with its brilliant time-saving trick, to your dinner arsenal and you just might achieve superhero status with the kids.