Karen Depp, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karen Depp has tested.

Karen Depp

Karen Depp began cooking in the 4th grade, making applesauce with her best friend in the backyard, using a candle, tart tin, and paring knife. She advanced to cakes and cookies by the 6th grade and continued to hone her skills as she grew up. She likes to say that the highlight of her culinary career was being admitted to the hallowed halls of LC Testerville. Alas, her first recipe attempt wasn’t so hallowed and resulted in her setting her oven on fire. (We have it on good authority the conflagration had nothing to do with us; her oven was limping along on its last BTU.) Depp modestly claims that her success in the realm of cooking comes from her relationship to good cooks—her mother, two chef brothers-in-law, and a Culinary Institute of America-trained nephew who's worked with Emeril Lagasse.

Apple and White Cheddar Scones Recipe

These sweetly savory scones take the traditional sweet and savory intermingling of apple pie and Cheddar and make it portable and pastry perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 10

Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

This is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, for those keeping track of such things. But it’s also good enough for anyone to want a slice.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork wrapped in bacon and roasted until crisp outside and tender inside. Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. Any objections?

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8

Maple Glazed Turkey

Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Paleo-friendly. Things just got a heck of a lot easier for you to plan your Thanksgiving menu.

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

Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

As its name implies, this simple roast hen ridiculously easy and turns out a superlative bird with shatteringly crisp skin and surprisingly juicy meat. No surprise that it’s the same technique that Thomas Keller uses.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0

Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

Homemade animal crackers kick store-bought animal crackers to the curb. Made from scratch with natural ingredients, they’re gonna remake all your memories of those stale, bland animal crackers in the circus box.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 2 H
  • 6

Whole Roasted Onions Recipe

Plonk unpeeled onions on a baking sheet. Shove in oven. Come back later for achingly sweet, tender, mellow oniony goodness. Accept accolades. See how easy that was?

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 14

Applesauce Bread Recipe

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 16

Pesto Genovese

A spoon-it-straight-from-the-jar-and-slather-it-on-everything sauce with the taste of tradition, the seduction of sophistication.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 31

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
  • 21

Cajun Fried Chicken Recipe

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun-style fried hen is memorably moist inside, superlatively crisp outside, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 15

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail Recipe

Bitter. Sweet. Floral. Herbal. Citrusy. Elegant. Classic. Fizzy. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little cocktail. Cin cin.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 10

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It’s still easy. It’s still quick. And it’s still gosh darned comforting as heck.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8

Rib Eye Steak Recipe

Rib eye steak. Salt. Pepper. Flame. And this technique. That’s all it takes to create one of the most superlative suppers known to man.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 8
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