Tamiko Lagerwaard, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Tamiko Lagerwaard has tested.

Three bottles filled with homemade Sriracha sauce.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

This traditional and incendiary Thai condiment has incited quite the following. Here’s how to save yourself a trip to your local Asian market.

Three scoops of watermelon sorbet in a white serving dish.

Watermelon Sorbet

No ice cream maker required. Just watermelon, citrus, sweetness, mint, and a little time in the deep freeze. Vodka optional. Then all you do is scoop it up and plop it in a pretty bowl.

Apple spiced bourbon toddies on a tray in front of an outdoor fire, one being poured from a thermos in a gloved hand.

Apple Spiced Bourbon Toddies

Infinitely more complex than the toddy of yore, this little number owes its lure to apple-y cider spiked with a hint of star anise and quite an indecent glug of bourbon.

A brown and white pottery bowl filled with bucatini all'Amatriciana, topped with pecorino and parsley.

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

All’Amatriciana—go on, roll that “r” like they do in Italy—means a spicy pasta sauce of tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Prego.

A white bowl filled with panna cotta with peaches, garnished with thyme and a spoon resting inside.

Panna Cotta with Peaches

This panna cotta has the most luscious of textures. How to best explain it? Hmmm. It’s sorta like swooping velvet over your tongue.

A glass bowl filled with creamy coleslaw.

Creamy Coleslaw

Sweet and simple. Nothing but cabbage, cider vinegar, sugar, mayo, a little onion, salt, and oil. Just like you’d find at a BBQ shack.

A pound of chocolate cake cut into nine squares and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

Pound of Chocolate Cake

True to its name, this dense, brownie-like cake takes its allure from a full pound of chocolate. A hint of cocoa lends even more chocolatey complexity.

A square cast iron skillet filled with sliced fried skillet potatoes for 2 on a grey oval metal platter.

Skillet Potatoes for Two

A swift stovetop version of classic pommes Anna, these sliced spuds are swaddled in butter, garlic, and Julia Child’s enthusiastic approval.

A tray of twelve mini muffin financiers, each with two raspberries on top.

Mini-Muffin Financiers

Don’t let these delicate, diminutive cakes with the froufrou French name fool you. They’re a cinch to toss in the oven–and even easier to toss in the mouth.

A veggie burger topped with mushrooms and thyme on an oval plate.

Veggie Burgers

We don’t even like veggie burgers. We swear. Except for this deliciously irresistible, soulfully satiating riff on mushroom and barley soup.

A wooden bowl filled with tom yum goong soup with mushrooms, lemongrass, shrimp, and cilantro in a broth.

Tom Yum Goong Soup

The lilt of lemongrass. The sour smack of tamarind. The warm-your-belly pervasiveness of galangal. The unmistakable funk of fish sauce. All in this exquisitely authentic soup.

Two homemade Twinkies, with one cut in half and the other resting on top of a cut half.

Homemade Twinkies

Like the classic, these sponge cakes are crammed to almost bursting with irresistibly sweet, fluffy, creamy goodness—but minus the chemicals and other abominations.

An oval plate topped with lobster fra diavolo and a spoon resting on the side.

Lobster Fra Diavolo

Lend a little swanky to everyday spaghetti by gilding it with chunks of sweet, sweet lobster and juuuuust the perfect hit of chile pepper.

Two fillets of flounder in a lemon butter sauce in a skillet topped with chopped parsley

Flounder with Lemon Butter Sauce

One of our most requested recipes. Easy, elegant, and pretty much foolproof. Sorta impressive for something that you toss together in less than 15 minutes, wouldn’t you agree?

An espresso cake drizzled with glaze on a wire rack that is set on a pice of parchment to catch any glaze drips.

Espresso Cake

This simple yet spectacular riff on coffee cake—there’s actually coffee in the cake—is rich and robust and rousing in that way only espresso can be.