Susan Bingaman, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Susan Bingaman has tested.

Susan Bingaman

Cooking has been a lifelong affliction for Susan Bingaman. It never occurred to her that other kids didn’t bake their own birthday treats, read cookbook like novels, and peruse the shelves at cooking stores instead of clothing stores at the mall. Needless to say, her friends were (and still are) always well fed. Encouraged to major in food science by her mother, Bingaman now spends her days in the test kitchen of a major Midwestern grocery chain. She started testing recipes for Leite’s Culinaria in June 2004, never thinking it would lead to becoming part of the recipe testing team for David’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table.

A white bowl filled with spaghetti topped with bread crumbs and a chunk of pecorino beside the bowl.

Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

Bet you’ve already got everything you need for this frugal pantry pasta. All you need now is 15 minutes to pull it together.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 12
An old-fashioned zucchini cake on a silver plate with lemon glaze being drizzled over it.

Old-Fashioned Zucchini Cake

No matter how much soggy steamed zucchini you were forced to choke down as a child, you won’t turn away this moist zucchini cake that tastes just like grandma used to make.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 0
Two glasses of lime soda and one glass of angostura orange.

Lime Soda

Bored by plain old water? Allow us to introduce you to your solution.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
A tray of breakfast oven fries

Breakfast Oven Fries

These richly spiced, slowly roasted spuds will zap as much life into you as your morning caffeine fix.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
A pot of raspberry jam with framboise being added to it.

Raspberry Jam With Framboise

No, making homemade jam doesn’t need to be a big production. Not with the right recipe, anyways. This small batch raspberry preserves shows you how simple it can be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Homemade Yellow Mustard

Homemade Yellow Mustard

Why make your own mustard? Because you can. And if that’s not reason enough, there’s no comparison between this and the store-bought stuff. Enough said.

  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 50
A slice of coconut lime macadamia cake on a yellow plate with a fork resting beside it

Coconut Lime Macadamia Cake

Inspired by the tropics, this simple single-layer cake is quick and easy yet lacks nothing in terms of satisfying richness.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 8
Bowl of green Spring pea puree topped with chopped mint on white marble

Spring Pea Puree

Serve it alongside grilled fish, spring lamb, or roast chicken. Smear it on a cracker. Set it out with crudités. Twirl it with pasta. This lovely spring pea purée knows no limits…

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 10
An open face egg salad sandwich on toasted whole wheat

Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

We know. You already have an egg salad sandwich recipe. But trust us, it’s nothing like this one, which is whoppingly old school in taste, blissfully healthful in every other way.

  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 14
Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 24