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.

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

Cheddar Biscuits

“Lovely.” “Perfectly light, fluffy, and irresistibly good.” “Easy peasy!” “Wow. Just wow.” That’s what folks are saying about these biscuits.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 4

Sweet Potato Biscuits

These wee biscuits are spectacular just with a smidgen of butter, but slap some ham or turkey on them and woah.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 2

Warm Goat Cheese Salad | Salade au Chèvre Chaud

Baguette slathered with goat cheese and baked to toasty perfection with a can’t-mess-it-up vinaigrette and salad. Easy peasy.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0

Greens and Grains Soup

It’s as simple as X + Y = Z, with X = greens, Y = grains, and Z = a soothing, satiating bowl of soup. Finally, a practical application for algebra.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 0

Barbecue Pimento Cheese

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
  • 2
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