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.

Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know when you taste something and can’t help but pause and sigh with content? This subtly sweet lemon cake does that to us each and every darn time.

  • (10)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 32
A single compost cookie from Christina Tosi.

Compost Cookies®

The curious name of these insanely can’t-stop-eating-these sweet and salty cookies hints at how you toss in whatever this and that you have on hand to create awesomeness.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
A chipped ceramic dish filled with buttermilk drop biscuits nestled in a striped tea towel.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

“The best biscuits I’ve ever had!” is what we’re hearing from many, many, many folks who when they first try these easy no-rolling-required biscuits. Amen to that.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 11
A glass half-filled with homemade almond milk with a serving knife resting in front of it.

Homemade Almond Milk

There’s literally no comparison between homemade almond milk and store-bought almond milk. None. No way. Nuh uh. Nope.

  • (4)
  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 12
A loaf of Irish soda bread on a brown plate with a chunk cut out and smeared with butter.

Irish Soda Bread

A sweet nuttiness, a dense crumb, a crunchy crust, and bags more flavor than normal bread. Whatcha waiting for?

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 25
A wire basket lined with a napkin and filled with bacon Cheddar biscuits.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

These Southern-style biscuits are just the thing for almost any occasion. Go on, we dare you. Try to think of a time you wouldn’t want them. (See what we mean?!)

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
A white plate of fried potatoes with eggs, covered in cheese with a skillet in the background and a fork and knife on the plate.

Fried Potatoes and Eggs

There’s a lot to be said for a diner-style dish like this one, though we prefer it made at home, minus the wobbly seats, the sticky laminated menu, and sometimes surly service.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 16
Two classic cheeseburgers with red onion and pickles on sesame buns on a wooden serving board.

Classic Cheeseburger

What defines the quintessential classic cheeseburger? It’s quite the personal experience. Yet we’ve got a foolproof technique.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A gold-rimmed white plate topped with a serving of walnut parsley pesto pasta.

Walnut Parsley Pesto Pasta

Fast, easy, inexpensive, and you probably have all the ingredients at home. Did we mention delicious?

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Eight vegan fudge brownies on a marble surface.

Vegan Fudge Brownies

Proof that spectacularly fudgy, messily gooey, intensely chocolatey brownies can be made without butter or eggs.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H, 55 M
  • 0