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.

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
  • 25

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
  • 6

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

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 55

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 67

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
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