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.

Barbecue Pork Burgers Recipe

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

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  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 24

Coca Cola Brisket Recipe

A Southern classic, this heartachingly tender brisket draws on just four ingredients, including a can of Coca Cola. Tasting is, truly, understanding.

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  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 45

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.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 44

Barbecue Pimento Cheese Recipe

Not all pimento cheese recipes are created equal. This one, with a touch of barbecue, definitely has an unfair advantage.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 4

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

Think of these as an easy mashed potatoes casserole loaded with bacon, Cheddar, and sour cream. Talk about awesome game day grub.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0

Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe

Pasta made according to tradition is unspeakably more supple, lovely, and gratifying than that dried-out store-bought stuff.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 59

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich, creamy, and divine. It also just happens to be paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and adult-approved.

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  • 15 M
  • 4 H
  • 0

Steamed Cauliflower Recipe

A simple yet stunning technique for steamed whole cauliflower that’s making even veggie haters proclaim it awesome.

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  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 0

Braised Red Cabbage With Cranberries

With its smack of richly spiced mulled wine, this boozy braised cabbage tastes as if it was meant to be for the holiday table.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as dumping spices in a bowl and stirring them together. Also stays fresh and is cheap as heck.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4

Paleo Banana Bread

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.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4

Berry Smoothie

Easy. Yummy. Packed with antioxidants. And fun to slurp through a straw. You can see why we consider this mommy’s little helper.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0

Roast Chicken with Lemon

Burnished skin. Juicy meat. An insanely come-hither aroma that pervades the house. It can be yours for supper.

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 0
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