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 wedge of white pizza on a piece of parchment.

White Pizza

We find this lovely, albeit subtly flavored, little number to be one of the simpler pleasures in life. We think you’ll concur.

A white plate with three prosciutto-Grana Padano gougeres with a glass of Prosecco in the background.

Prosciutto-Cheese 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.

Four scoops of blueberry frozen yogurt in a wooden bowl with a spoon resting beside it.

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No sugar. No creepy preservatives. Nothing but blueberries, plain yogurt, honey, lemon juice, purple smiles, and requests for seconds.

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A plastic container filled with vanilla bean ice cream with a metal ice cream scoop resting in it.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sometimes it’s nice to just let your spoon sink into something that tastes pure as the driven snow. Indulgently rich, sigh-inducingly creamy, vanilla-enhanced snow.

Two people reaching for traditional molletes on a platter with a bowl of salsa in the middle.

Traditional Molletes

An insanely satiating comfort food fix that’s as quick and easy as it is inexpensive. Refried beans and cheese atop toast with pico de gallo. Wish we’d known about this a loooong time ago.

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Three banana bread muffins stacked on top of each other with chai whipped cream on top and more muffins on a plate in the background.

Banana Bread Muffins

“An absolute knockout!” “Wowzers!” “Incredibly moist.” “Just like banana bread.” That’s what our tough-to-please recipe testers are saying about this recipe.

A white bowl filled with carrot and lentil soup and a wooden bowl of cooked rice beside it.

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?

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A bowl of homemade yellow mustard next to a wooden spoon filled with mustard seeds.

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.

A white pot filled with rustic lentil soup, and a metal ladle scooping out a portion.

Rustic Lentil Soup

A hearty and healthy weeknight dinner solution that’s made memorable with pancetta, sausage, AND bacon. And leftovers reheat magnificently.