Karen Depp, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karen Depp has tested.

Karen Depp

Karen, a former retailer businesswoman for 15 years, began cooking in the 4th grade with her best friend, making applesauce in her backyard using a candle, an aluminum tart tin, and a paring knife. Always the adept Ms. Depp, she advanced to cakes and cookies by the 6th grade. And her skills just continued as she grew into adulthood. The highlight of her culinary career, she likes to say, was being admitted to the hallowed halls of LC Testerville. Alas, her first attempt at testing 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.) Karen’s says any claim to fame in the realm of cooking comes only from her relationship to good cooks—her mother, two chef brothers-in-law, and a CIA-trained nephew, who worked with Emeril in New Orleans. As for her side of the family, her sister and she are usually barred from the kitchen when the talk comes around to dinner! They watch a lot of football and eat a lot of corn dogs with canned chili.

Best Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad

C’mon, potato salad mavens. We’ll show you our fave potato salad stir-ins if you show us yours.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 19
Maple Roast Chicken Recipe

Maple Roast Chicken

Pancakes are swell, but breakfast hasn’t got an exclusive on maple syrup. Especially not when this maple roast chicken is in the house.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
French Dressing Recipe

Lemon Vinaigrette

Stylish on any salad, this versatile little number is a staple in every discerning cook’s recipe wardrobe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Italian Sausage with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Barely a recipe, this weeknight salvation is more like a simple blueprint for eating in season. Amen to that.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Homemade Muesli Recipe

Homemade Muesli

This little homemade muesli number will upend your notion of boxed breakfast cereal. No cardboard-like, dusty-tasting grains here.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

“Spectacular.” “Sinful.” “Easy.” “Airy.” “Buttery.” “Lofty.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about these little lovelies.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 20
Horseradish Cream Recipe

Horseradish Cream

Beef. Lamb. Matzoh. We could go on and on and on listing things we loooooove to smother with this spirited sauce.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail Recipe

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail

Elegant. Classic. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this little lovely. Cin cin, indeed.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 10
Hummus Recipe

Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus, as made in the Middle East, tastes like hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Korean Chicken Wings Recipe

Korean Chicken Wings

Know that elusive balance of crisp yet moist, sorta sweet but with some heat, that most wings fail miserably to achieve? These nail it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Easy Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Easy Cincinnati Chili

Regardless of whether you’re from Cincinnati or have ever experienced Cincinnati chili, you need to try this recipe. Seriously.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 13
Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dust off that waffle iron. You’re going to want to give these crisped dimples and the ooey, gooey cheese they contain a whirl.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 8
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