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 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 white serving platter filled with Portuguese rice pudding and topped with toasted pistachios and cinnamon

Portuguese Rice Pudding | Arroz Doce

Traditional Portuguese rice pudding is cooked risotto-style with a lilt of citrus and the warmness of cinnamon. Easy as can be. With all the creamy richness you’ve come to expect from rice pudding.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A gray plate with a pile of skillet mac and cheese piled on it

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Add this simple skillet mac and cheese, with its brilliant and time-saving trick we suspect you’ve never heard of, to your dinner arsenal and you just might achieve superhero status with the kids. And with yourself.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
White plate of sliced pork tenderloin with paprika drizzled with a garlic butter sauce

Roast Pork Tenderloin With Paprika

A simple yet surprisingly flavorful pork recipe that’s eminently doable on a weeknight, not too spicy for the kids, and with enough oomph for the adults. Did we mention there’s just one pan to clean?

  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 9
A classic grilled cheese sandwich--buttered grilled bread and oozing Cheddar cheese

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn’t benefit from feeling like you’re six again and all is right with the world?

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
Glazed nutmeg pound cake in a loaf pan on a circular cooling rack

Nutmeg Cake

This spice cake is soaked with rum syrup, making a lovely, albeit slightly boozy, gift when wrapped in parchment and tied with a bow.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 15
Black tray with a slab of cinnamon toast bars--brownie-like dessert made with brown sugar and cinnamon, two bars cut on the side

Cinnamon Toast Bars

Just like cinnamon toast. Except better. Your kids will worship you. So will your inner kid.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 10
Casserole dish of cubes of homemade cornbread sausage dressing, with pork sausage, onion, celery, and spices

Homemade Cornbread Sausage Dressing

This dressing is pretty much Thanksgiving personified. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it any day of the year. Trust us. One taste and you’re not gonna want to wait 365 days before you have it again.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
A white bowl of orange carrot and lentil soup with a bowl of rice nearby

Carrot and Lentil Soup

“Beautiful.” “Filled with flavors.” “A tad spicy.” “Simple.” “Perfect!” That’s just a taste of what our testers are saying about this soup. Sort of makes you want some, doesn’t it?

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 5
Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

“Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “Like eating cake.” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this unconventional cornbread.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 49
Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

“An absolute knockout!” “Wowzers!” “Incredibly moist.” “Just like banana bread.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
Pickle Sandwich Stackers

Sandwich Pickles

Admit it, you’ve probably been eating the same tired, jarred sandwich pickles for as long as you’ve been eating sandwiches. No more.

  • 25 M
  • 2 D
  • 2
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.

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  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2