Susan Bingaman, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Susan Bingaman has tested.

Susan Bingaman

Susan Bingaman has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since June 2014 and was part of the recipe team for David Leite’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table. Ever since she was a little girl, she dreamed of working in a test kitchen, which she did after obtaining her degree in Food Science. Susan now works with the foodservice and restaurant teams figuring nutrition facts for prepared foods sold at a major midwestern grocery store chain. She lives in central Iowa with her husband and son.

A classic grilled cheese sandwich--buttered grilled bread and oozing Cheddar cheese

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn’t benefit from feeling like you’re six again and all is right with the world?

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
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 s'mores pie on a wooden table with some topping leaking from the pie.

S’mores Pie

“If I could make only one pie in my lifetime, this would be the one.” That’s what folks are saying about this conversation-stopping version of the campfire classic.

  • (3)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
A large measuring cup of slow cooker chicken stock on a wooden table with a ladle on the side.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 37
Nine banana muffins with white wrappers.

Banana Muffins

If something looks like banana bread and tastes like banana bread, chances are it’s banana bread. Unless it’s these cute little banana muffins that are crammed full of chocolate and coconut.

  • (7)
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 24
Potatoes with Mexican chorizo tucked inside tortillas with a glass of beer on the side.

Potatoes With Mexican Chorizo

Easy, authentic, and awesome any time of day, whether accompanied by steaming hot coffee in the morning or cold cerveza any (other) time of day. One of our recipes folks rave about most.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 14
A fork resting in a bowl of celery root salad with clementines.

Celery Root Salad with Clementines

Not your typical salad, this is made with nutritious celery root that’s cleverly blitzed until minced so finely it could stand in for couscous. The perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour, and surprise.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
A rimmed baking sheet filled with crispy baked kale chips.

Kale Chips

Potato chip fiends, stop your scoffing. We double-dog dare you to make a batch and stop at just one.

  • (8)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 27
A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons for dunking. And it requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

  • (4)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19