Ellen Fuss, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Ellen Fuss has tested.

Seven sourdough bagels topped with poppy seeds.

Sourdough Bagels

The pleasing smack of sourdough was seemingly made to be melded with the awesomely chewy denseness of bagels. And it’s SO much easier than you’d expect!

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 10 H
  • 0
A whole roast chicken with rosemary and potatoes on a wooden table with four plates and a tray of roasted plums beside it.

Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Potatoes

The charm of this roast chicken lies in its simplicity and its potatoes, which are imbued with drippings and meltingly tender yet impossibly crisp at the edges.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A glass jar filled with soft chocolate chip cookies.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Because some things don’t change. Including the lure of old-fashioned, uncomplicated, chewy chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges and soft centers.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A batch of Rose Levy Beranbaum's fudge brownies cut into 16 squares, with two missing and a knife resting beside.

Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Fudge Brownies

Dark chocolate-y, appropriately (and not too) rich, just sweet enough, and the entire surface blanketed with that coveted crackly surface. Let the love affair commence.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
Six coffee-crusted grilled pork chops on a speckled platter.

Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

“Wow!” “Off-the-charts good!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” “A definite keeper.” That’s what we’re hearing about these subtly and beguilingly spiced chops.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 6
A parchment-lined square pan filled with pecan-studded best brownies.

David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

“Best brownies” is a bold assertion. Yet these merit exactly that distinction. Shatteringly crisp on top, fudgy in the center, and intensely chocolatey through and through.

  • (35)
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 192
A white cake stand of a pile of one-pot cocoa brownies, a glass of milk, on a white table

One-Pot Cocoa Brownies

“Could not have been easier.” “Perfect.” “A one-pot wonder!” That’s what folks are saying about these super simple brownies that toe the line between cakey and fudgy.

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 55 M
  • 10
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 6
A slice of bread topped with egg salad without mayo n a white plate.

Egg Salad Without Mayo

Most definitely not your grandma’s egg salad. It’s crammed full of gently caramelized onions and it’s sooo surprisingly lovely you won’t even miss the mayo. Swear.

  • (7)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 28
Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know when you taste something and can’t help but pause and sigh with content? This subtly sweet lemon cake does that to us each and every darn time.

  • (12)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 38