Helen Doberstein, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Helen Doberstein has tested.

Helen Doberstein

Helen was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has lived in the “GTA” (Greater Toronto Area) all of her life. Her earliest memories of food were typical of the English/Irish cooking of the day, which in Helen’s words meant “gray vegetables, potatoes, and well-done meats, sometimes with a token salad.” Fancy wasn’t on the menu growing up. Helen’s mom had taught her the basics so she wouldn’t starve, but the kitchen was always her mother’s domain. Intruders were welcome—to do the dishes.

As newlyweds, Helen and her husband became involved in round-robin dinner parties, which encouraged Helen to expand her cooking skills. Her most memorable dinner party involved a chocolate fondue that had so much kirsch in it she had to make coffee as everyone waited for cabs so they could get home safely. No one was given a choice to drive home after that dessert. (Helen deemed the night a huge success.) Not long after that, she started watching Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. In terms of cooking,she was hooked. Around the same time, Helen started collecting cookbooks and trying more and more new recipes and techniques in the kitchen. Soon everything was fair game.

Fortunately, when it comes to food, Helen’s family and friends are happy to try most anything that she’s prepared. The Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Stuffed Squash wowed her husband. Helen’s mother is extremely fond of the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The guys at the curling club loved the Duck Prosciutto and Bacon Jam.  And Helen? She’ll tell you that her favorite recipe is the Braised Duck Legs with Leeks and Green Olives. No, it’s the Sunday Roast Beef. Hmmm, it’s probably the Chilaquiles. Actually, like most of us, she’s not able to choose just one.

Helen and her husband now live in Bradford, Ontario, which she will tell you, has the distinction of being the “Vegetable Capital of Canada”. They have three grown children, and one adorable granddaughter. Helen has worked for three of the major Canadian banks, as well as with her husband at his business in Toronto, and is currently office administrator for the Lisbon Group in Bradford. She’s also spent many years teaching ceramics in the evenings, practicing archery, and making jewelry. She previously tested recipes for America’s Test Kitchen, and when her tenure there was done, she discovered Leite’s. “I can’t imagine doing this for anyone else now,” she says. “I love the sense of community here and look forward to many more years of happy testing.”

Hot Dog on a Baguette Recipe

Made with crusty French bread in place of squishy hot dog buns, this dog is reminiscent of what you’ll find on the streets of Paris.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 12

No-Knead 5-Minute Artisan Bread Recipe

Um, 5 minutes hands-on time for a loaf of bread? Please. That’s nothing. Nothing short of a miracle.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 5 H
  • 218

Texas Brisket Recipe

No rub. No sauce. Just perfectly smoked bbq brisket exquisiteness. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 18 H, 30 M
  • 7

Best Potato Salad Recipe

Best potato salad ever. That’s what folks are saying about this easy and, dare we say, elegant spud salad.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 27

Tomato and Peach Panzanella Recipe

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it’s gonna knock your socks off. Or, if you’re not wearing socks this time of year, then it’ll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6

Barbecue Pork Burgers Recipe

A weeknight-friendly riff on slow-roasted pulled pork that juxtaposes tangy bbq sauce, succulent pork, and old-fashioned slaw, all in a jiffy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 24

Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Just like grandma used to make.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 2

Maple Bourbon Braised Short Ribs Recipe

As sweet as candy yet with an undertone of savory, these maple bourbon braised short ribs are like dinner and dessert all at once.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2

Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe

This simple caramel sauce was made for weeknight cravings that desperately demand scooping something sweet by the spoonful.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 10

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Authentic as heck with its minimalistic approach that keeps ingredients to the essentials.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 6

Easy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight fro the baking sheet.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 2

Roast Chicken and Pan Gravy Recipe

We seriously cannot get enough of this easy roast chicken and pan gravy that’s got our heads spinning and everyone clamoring for more.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8

Cajun Pickled Eggs Recipe

Eggs. Vinegar. Cajun spice. Hot sauce. So much more than the sum of the parts.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 14 D
  • 7
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