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.

Chocolate ganache being poured over a chocolate Bundt cake that is on a wire stand

Chocolate Bundt Cake

An homage to the chocolate cakes of yesteryear but with a contemporary dark chocolate oomph that turns tradition upside-down in the most pleasing possible way. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A crock of beer cheese with a knife resting on top, and a mug of beer and piece of pretzel bun on the side.

Beer Cheese

A boozy cousin to pimento cheese, this beer cheese is essential entertaining fare during football season. And, actually, outside football season.

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  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 2
A browned loaf of homemade sandwich bread in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Sandwich Bread

Okay, breadbaking virgins, here’s the loaf for you. Nothing tricky. Just flour, water, yeast, and salt. And an honest-to-goodness homemade taste.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 11 H, 30 M
  • 14
A glass of green smooth and a second glass that is on its side with green smoothie poured out.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 17
Nine bowls of oatmeal with different toppings created from an oatmeal bar

Best Oatmeal Toppings

No more boring oatmeal at the breakfast table. Just make a big batch, set out some unexpected yet lovely toppings, and watch things disappear.

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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A roasting pan filled with spicy roasted Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and a sprinkling of macadamia nuts.

Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Perhaps the most surprising crucifers we’ve experienced in a while. They’r tossed with a fragrant, warming spice blend and finished with—surprise!—dried cranberries and macadamia nuts. Wonders never cease.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Squares of best homemade gingerbread cake dusted with confectioners' sugar on a silver platter.

Best Homemade Gingerbread Cake

A contemporary riff on an old-fashioned classic that has a perfect balance of spices and a light, pillowy texture and the zing of fresh ginger.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A batch of five ingredient Nutella brownies cut into squares on a wire rack with fresh raspberries scattered around.

Five Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Bet you already have everything you need for these brownies in your house. Which is a very good thing. (Also sorta a very dangerous thing.)

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Five cranberry scones with two drizzled with white chocolate glaze on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Cranberry Scones

Got leftover cranberries? Then you’ve got the fixings for these incredible scones that are balance tart berries with creamy white chocolate and knee-wobblingly flaky pastry.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A white plate with three prosciutto-Grana Padano gougeres with a glass of Prosecco in the background.

Prosciutto-Grana Padano Gougères

Gilded with aged Grana Padano and Prosciutto, these little lovelies are the perfect crunchy, airy, salty little something to set out with cocktails. Then watch them disappear.

  • (4)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 16
A square white baking dish filled with maple walnut squares that have been cut into 9 pieces with one missing and a knife resting in its place.

Maple Walnut Squares

“Intensely maple-y.” “Amazing.“ “Much easier than making pie.” “A recipe I’ll make again and again.” That’s what folks are saying about these spectacularly sweet and gooey maple walnut bars.

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  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A tall glass filled with dark and stormy cocktail with ginger beer being poured in.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

It was a dark and stormy night…oops. We mean, this stiff yet slightly sweet cocktail is certain to thunder through your evening.

  • (4)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 19