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.

Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe

Butternut Squash Gratin

“Beautiful.” “Delicious.” “Easy.” “Comforting.” “One of the best things I’ve EVER made.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Maple-Glazed Turkey Recipe

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
Maple Pork Chops Recipe

Maple Pork Chops

Expect a simple, subtle sweetness from this simple supper that you can toss together from pantry standbys.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

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
  • 0
Baked Eggs Recipe

Baked Eggs

And you thought you didn’t have time for breakfast. We’re changing that with this handy dandy technique.

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Frito Pie Recipe

Frito Pie

Rite of passage as well as rite of tailgating, Frito Pie is legendary. In case you’d forgotten about it, here’s proof.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin + bacon = pork to the nth degree. Any objections? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

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  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 6
Homemade Animal Crackers Recipe

Homemade Animal Crackers

Not at all like the packaged animal crackers of your childhood, these clever cookies are all-natural and made with love.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
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
  • 21
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
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