Ellen Fuss, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Ellen Fuss has tested.

A rectangular easy mixed berry snacking cake with one piece cut from it and blueberries on the side.

Easy Mixed Berry Snacking Cake

This mixed berry snacking cake comes together in one bowl and couldn’t be easier. We’ve already committed the recipe to memory.

A yellow bowl filled with cowboy caviar salad with a bowl of tortilla chips on the side.

Cowboy Caviar Salad

Eating healthy was never so easy—or mingled so nicely with tortilla chips and beer.

Two ground chicken meatballs on slider buns with a toothpick skewered through them.

Ground Chicken Meatballs

These subtly flavored, relatively healthful (shhhh!) sliders are the sleeper hit at The Meatball Shop. Not hard to understand why.

A slice of bread topped with egg salad without mayo n a white plate.

Egg Salad Without Mayo

Don’t let those leftover Easter eggs go to waste. This easy egg salad with caramelized onions is so lovely, you won’t even notice that there’s no mayo.

A plate of porcini beef ragu

Porcini Beef Ragu

We’ve discovered the secret to making next-level ragu sauce. Dried mushrooms. Go on. See for yourself.

Pan-roasted mushrooms and a knob of butter melting in the center, in a cast-iron skillet.

Pan-Roasted Mushrooms

Mushrooms and butter and garlic. Think you’ve been there, done that? Trust us, you haven’t. Not like this, anyway.

A slice of classic carrot cake--two carrot cake layers filled and frosted with cream cheese frosting; on top are crushed walnuts.

Carrot Cake

“This was beyond the best carrot cake I have ever had.” That’s what we’re hearing about this cake, which ingeniously relies on puréed, rather than grated, carrots.

2 chicken gyros filled with romaine, chicken, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncinis, and tzatziki, with a bowl of tzatziki next to it.

Chicken Gyros

A Mediterranean classic that’s healthy as can be although you’d never guess it from the indulgent taste.

A pile of turkey taco salad piled up on a stainless steel sheet, with radishes, lettuce, cabbage, cilantro, and tortilla chips.

Turkey Taco Salad

Easy. Healthy. Low calorie. And quite possibly the best tasting taco salad ever. That’s what we think of this recipe. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself.

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies

“Everything I love about brownies. The fudgy center. The crisp edges. And that wondrous crinkly top.” That’s what folks are saying about these.

A large pot of pasta and chickpea soup, with a full white bowl next to it and a plate of shredded white parmesan.

Pasta e Ceci

In an hour, you can have a hearty, healthy, and incredibly tasty pot of this traditional Roman soup—or stew, if you prefer. Blended chickpeas get thick in an instant.

Blueberry coffee cake on a cooling rack with a spoon drizzling icing over it.

Blueberry Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze

You know that coffee cake made with sour cream is going to be moist and tender. Add blueberries, lemon, and a sweet-tangy glaze, you’ve got something special.