Denise McCormick, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Denise McCormick has tested.

A paper bowl filled with potato salad with apples on a red and white coaster with a plastic fork beside it.

Potato Salad With Apples

This unique spud salad is full of pleasant surprises and is gonna upend your notion of how things—or at least potato salad—ought to be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 0
A slab of barbecued beef back ribs cut into individual ribs.

Barbecued Beef Back Ribs

These barbecued beef back ribs are robustly meaty, modestly spicy, knee-wobblingly tender, and ridiculously easy. And they come with a rub that’s so good you won’t want any sauce.

  • (8)
  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 35 M
  • 37
A stack of several oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire paddle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and (sorta) wholesome through and through, these are a revelatory riff on the classic.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 30
A white and blue bowl filled with spring vegetable stew with a spoon resting in the bowl.

Spring Vegetable Stew

We think of this recipe as jazz hands heralding the arrival of spring asparagus, peas, artichokes, and green all jumbled together. Lovely atop all that pasta you have on hand.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A white plate topped with a piece of brown butter flattened chicken, tomato sauce, arugula and red onion salad, and pine nuts.

Brown Butter Flattened Chicken

Looks and tastes like a restaurant-quality meal that requires a staff of sous chefs and dish washers. Yet in reality it comes together in a single skillet in just 30 minutes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A metal scoop filled with maple caramel corn.

Maple Caramel Corn

No need to ever reach for that boxed or bagged popcorn. And the recipe itself is better than any Cracker Jack prize.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A metal skillet filled with easy skillet lasagna and garnished with basil leaves.

Easy Skillet Lasagna

Those days when meal planning goes south and weeknight weariness looms, simple salvation can be found in this easy skillet lasagna made with store-bought ravioli.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A cut sheet pan taco bake in a rimmed sheet pan topped with pico de gallo and sour cream.

Sheet Pan Taco Bake

Taco meets casserole in this clever and crowd-pleasing approach to perfectly seasoned tacos.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 4
A bowl filled with spicy harissa lentil stew on a white plate with flat leaf parsley garnishing the dish and scattered around the bowl.

Spicy Harissa Lentils

An easy weeknight meal that’s an unassuming melding of red lentils, harissa, sautéed onions, and garlicky tahini sauce that can only be described as magical. (Yes, lentils can be magic.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0