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 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.)

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
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
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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.

  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
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
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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.

  • 5 M
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  • 19
Nine chocolate coconut banana muffins in paper 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 riddled with chocolate.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 16
A glass cake stand topped with several slices of Cornelia Walker Bailey's pear bread.

Pear Bread

Quick bread. Tea cake. Spice bread. Whatever you call it, this recipe has pedigree–and you don’t need to know its geneology to know this. One taste tells all.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 11
Chunks of roasted strawberries on a sheet of parchment.

Roasted Strawberries

Whether you have unripe berries, overripe berries, or an abundance of the season’s most fragrant berries, say hello to your sweetly sticky solution.

  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 15
A blue bowl half filled with cream cheese frosting and a piping bag filled with cream cheese frosting beside it.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Folks are raving about just how perfect this cream cheese frosting is compared to all the others they’ve tried. Try it. You’ll be saying the same.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A cast-iron skillet with four cooked chicken apple sausages inside.

Chicken Apple Sausage

Seriously, it’s so easy to make your own sausage. Insanely easy. And holy heck, does it taste phenomenal. No meat grinder required.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 17
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.

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