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.

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 54