Virginia H., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Virginia H. has tested.

A white oval platter holding a bowl of dill dip with potato chips beside it.

Dill Dip with Potato Chips

This dip is creamy for sure, but it’s really all about the dill. Loads of fresh, green, herby dill. As much as we love potato chips, try it on everything.

Several slices of maple sriracha bacon in a glass.

Maple Sriracha Bacon

Maple Sriracha bacon isn’t just the title of this simple recipe, it’s the ingredient list as well. Which means you probably already have everything you need on hand.

Eight unbaked triangle-shaped gluten-free scones on a floured work surface with a person holding one and a bench scraper.

Gluten-Free Scones

Whether you’re gluten-averse or just looking to try something new, brown rice flour scones are a great place to start. A tender crumb and flavorful add-ins will make you a convert.

A baking tray with three slices of fromage fort.

Fromage Fort by Jacques Pépin

Jacques Pepin’s family recipe for cheese is a frugal approach to using scraps of cheese that’s a very traditional French thing. A delicious, boozy, cheesy, French thing.

A black dish filled with spicy tofu with peanuts.

Spicy Tofu with Peanuts

Adored by vegans and even meat-eaters, spicy tofu with peanuts is a flavor bomb that comes together FAST.

Sourdough rolls in a paper bag with one split open beside it and a dish of honey in the background.

Sourdough Rolls

These wee pillow-like sourdough rolls are a lovely little departure from those large loaves everybody has been baking all winter long that leave you with way too much bread hanging around.

A ham, cheese, and potato casserole in a large rectangular dish, on a red-and-white striped towel.

Ham, Cheese, and Potato Casserole

Our latest definition of decadent comfort food. A David Leite original, this recipe melds layers of ham, potatoes, shallots, and gooey cheese in a rich cream sauce.

A whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and pistachios cut into four pieces in a cast-iron skillet.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Whole roasted cauliflower takes center stage when painted with tahini, garlic, and pistachios and roasted until tender on the inside, spiffy on the outside.

A pan of Toblerone Rice Krispies treats cut into bars.

Toblerone Rice Krispies Treats

A kid classic that’s been gussied up with that candy classic that’s essentially chocolate, almond, and nougat with hints of caramel. Guaranteed intrigue.

A cast-iron skillet filled with eggplant shakshuka made with poached eggs in a tomato and eggplant sauce, with feta scattered over the top.

Eggplant Shakshuka

The sultry, smoky flavor of ras el hanout permeates this simple supper of eggs in tomato sauce, which takes on more sustenance than usual thanks to late-summer eggplant.

A white mug of chicken stock

Microwave Chicken Stock

That’s right. Chicken stock or broth in the microwave. Easy. Inexpensive. And done in 10 minutes. Wowsa, right?!

Seven crispy rakakat (Turkish cigars) on a parchment-lined white plate

Turkish Cigars

A classic middle Eastern mezze that’s crisp phyllo on the outside, blissfully melty halloumi and feta on the inside with parsley for some semblance of healthiness. Easy to juggle with a glass of wine in hand.

A stainless steel skillet filled with beef rendang and topped with two lime halves, lemongrass, and cilantro

Beef Rendang

Just like the traditional slowly simmered Indonesian curry. But complete with instructions for the slow cooker and Instant Pot.

Swirls of vegan caramel with a knife on the side

Vegan Caramel

A naturally sweetened sugar fix with toffee overtones that really does coax a rich, sweet, satisfying experience from healthy ingredients.

Plate of pumpkin spice toffee--made with toffee, pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and pecans

Pumpkin Spice Toffee

All that familiar autumnal spice loveliness in perhaps the only pumpkin spice incarnation you’ve yet to try.

A wooden bowl filled with golf-ball-size fried potato and chouriço balls on a wooden tray.

Bolinhas de Chouriço com Batata

“Tater tots” Português. É assim que pensamos nesta mistura de batatas, chouriço e cebola que é frita até ficar crocante e dourada no exterior e impossivelmente arejada mas rica por dentro.

A wooden bowl filled with golf-ball-size fried potato and chouriço balls on a wooden tray.

Chouriço and Potato Balls

Portuguese tater tots. That’s how we think of this mashup of potatoes, chouriço, and onion that’s deep-fried until crisp and golden on the outside and impossibly airy yet rich on the inside.