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.

An overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime.” That’s what folks are saying about this spectacularly simple smoothie that has made converts of even avowed kale loathers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A cooked leftover pasta frittata on a round metal pan.

Leftover Pasta Frittata

Got leftover spaghetti in the fridge? If you’ve also got eggs, then you’ve got supper. A simple, frugal specialty of a chef from Chez Panisse, this comes together with spectacular ease.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 14
A stack of several oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire paddle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and (sorta) wholesome through and through, these are a revelatory riff on the classic.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 30
A white bowl half filled with breakfast quinoa, topped with chopped pistachios with a spoon resting in the bowl.

Breakfast Quinoa

A quietly, healthily, nuttily pleasing alternative to your same old oats. Go on. You know you want to try it. So get your quinoa on.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 20
Six Alabama muffin biscuits in a muffin tin.

Alabama Muffin Biscuits

These curiously named, easy peasy, shamelessly simple meldings of biscuit and muffins may make you swear off roll-out biscuits for good.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 21
Baking sheet lined with parchment and covered with easy roasted carrots and onions with burnt edges

Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
A wooden bowl filled with homemade yellow mustard with a wooden spoon holding mustard seeds behind it.

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.

  • (5)
  • 1 H, 15 M
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  • 70
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.

  • (12)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 38
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.

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 13