Carol Hays, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Carol Hays has tested.

A cream cheese pound cake with a lemon glaze

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Everything you would imagine in a pound cake. Buttery. Indulgent. Moist. Rich. And with a perfectly balanced and ever so slightly puckery lemon glaze.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 10
A red dish filled with a layered ham, cheese, and potato casserole on a red-and-white striped towel

Ham, Cheese, and Potato Casserole

Our latest definition of decadent comfort food. A David Leite original, this recipe melds layers of ham, potatoes, shallots, and gooey cheese in a rich cream sauce.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
A black platter with golden brown herb butter chicken, roasted onion, a lemon wedge, and sprigs of thyme and oregano by Dorie Greenspan

Roast Chicken with Herb Butter

Just when you thought you were unable to come up with yet another variation on roast chicken that didn’t bore you out of your mind, along comes Dorie Greenspan with this simple yet surprisingly lovely rendition.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A yellow pot with 3-ingredient macaroni and cheese--elbow macaroni, cream, Cheddar cheese

3 Ingredient Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese doesn’t get any easier than this 3 ingredient macaroni and cheese that’s done in 20 minutes. Kids! Dinner!

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Cooked slices of maple sriracha bacon in a glass

Maple Sriracha Bacon

Maple Sriracha bacon isn’t just the title of this simple recipe, it’s the ingredient list as well. Which means you probably already have everything you need on hand.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Baking sheet lined with parchment and covered with easy roasted carrots and onions with burnt edges

Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
Copper skillet with a potato chip and chive omelet, a wooden spoon resting inside

Potato Chip and Chive Omelet

Sorta like a first grader’s culinary experiment that unexpectedly turns into something deliciously right and, we dare say, unexpectedly sophisticated.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Cutting board with char siu pork--a pork tenderloin slathered with char siu sauce--and more sauce and the side

Char Siu Pork

A modern riff on a Cantonese classic. This leaner version relies on pork tenderloin rather than more indulgent cuts but tastes every bit as authentic as the real deal and is redolent of five spice powder, garlic, and ginger.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Large bowl filled with spaghetti primavera pie--spaghetti topped with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, parmesan and mozzarella cheese--and baked

Spaghetti Primavera Pie

Essentially spaghetti casserole with veggies smothered with cheese. Sounds like supper to us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2
Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple cranberry sauce. Not quite as American as apple pie. Not until you taste this version, that is. Sweetly tart and superbly lovely with turkey and pork and so, so much more.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Tomato-Peach Panzanella

Tomato and Peach Panzanella

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it’s gonna knock your socks off. Or, if you’re not wearing socks this time of year, then it’ll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Texas Dry Rub

Texas Dry Rub

This Texas dry rub recipe has just the right blend of seasoning for bbq ribs, chicken, even flank steak for fajitas.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0