Brenda Carleton, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Brenda Carleton has tested.

Three scoops of watermelon sorbet in a white serving dish.

Watermelon Sorbet

No ice cream maker required. Just watermelon, citrus, sweetness, mint, and a little time in the deep freeze. Vodka optional. Then all you do is scoop it up and plop it in a pretty bowl.

A sliced steak chimichurri with a gravy boat filled with chimichurri on the side.

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

A grey bowl filled with roasted radishes, sprinkled with thyme.

Roasted Radishes

Roasting these rotund little root veggies turns them docile as anything dug out of the ground can be. Consider them to be dirt candy.

Green beans with bacon and shallots in a large white dish.

Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

Green beans and mushrooms are a classic recipe combination. Adding bacon to the mix creates an unbeatable trio of flavors. A terrific side dish or salad.

A hazelnut fresh herb popover, on a square white plate, split open with butter melting in the middle.

Hazelnut and Fresh Herb Popovers

Fresh popovers, flavored with ground hazelnuts and zesty herbs, are a Thanksgiving must. These popovers are easy because the batter is made ahead then baked right before dinner.

Sea salt-rosemary sweet potato chips piled in a white bowl, with a few laying beside it.

Sea Salt-Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips

Unlike humdrum store-bought chips, these have some semblance of sophistication, not to mention healthfulness. And yes, it’s still hard to stop at just one.

Soft polenta with forest mushrooms in two metal pots with lids.

Soft Polenta with Forest Mushrooms

Creamy, cheesy, irresistible polenta, similar to American grits, is cooked slowly until impossibly soft and then is topped with all types of sautéed mushrooms.

A jar of roasted applesauce with a spoon resting inside on a saucer with a strip of apple peel.

Roasted Applesauce

So long, store-bought applesauce. Tuck into your own fuss-free, artisanal applesauce that’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and as smooth or as chunky as you please.

A metal plate with 2 zucchini fritters on it, one broken in half. A slice of lemon lays beside them.

Zucchini Fritters with Dill

Traditional in Turkey, these zucchini fritters, made with feta and dill, put to use the late-summer abundance of zucchini.

A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Authentic grilled jerk chicken from Helen Willinsky that’s pretty much exactly like what you’d experience in the Caribbean.

The components of caprese salad -- sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil on a white platter.

Caprese Salad

Basil, tomato, and mozzarella–green, red, and white–are all this summer salad needs to shine. Oh, a drizzle of olive oil and a a squeeze of lemon help.

A piece of miso cod in a skillet with an orange napkin next to it.

Miso Cod

This five-ingredient fix, a restaurant classic as well as a simple weeknight dinner, will have you practicing your acceptance speech for the best dinner ever.

Three assembled Thai-style sliced beef lettuce wraps with a bowl of dipping sauce on the side.

Thai-Style Sliced-Beef Lettuce Wraps

Steak marinated in a soy-ginger sauce is grilled, and wrapped with lettuce and peppers, before being wholly devoured. They’re about as cool and fresh as you can get.

Chops from a spice-glazed grilled pork loin on a cutting board with a glass of stout.

Grilled Pork Loin

No more helplessly watching as the chops you toss on the grill toughen into leathery dryness. This flawless technique cooks the pork loin whole and slices it AFTER grilling.

Two people reaching for traditional molletes on a platter with a bowl of salsa in the middle.

Traditional Molletes

An insanely satiating comfort food fix that’s as quick and easy as it is inexpensive. Refried beans and cheese atop toast with pico de gallo. Wish we’d known about this a loooong time ago.

A slice of semolina-olive oil cake on a plate

Semolina-Olive Oil Cake

A rustic Italian-inspired cake made with the ever-so-slight coarseness of semolina in contrast to the tender sweetness of grapes.

A cake pan of golden brown cornbread with a slice removed

Cornbread

An easy, foolproof, ever so slightly sweet corn bread that comes together as quickly as it disappears. Just watch it.