Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Elsa M. Jacobson has tested.

Sautéed Shishito Peppers

How To Cook Shishito Peppers

Knowing how to perfectly blister shishito peppers results in a beguiling cocktail nosh with a mildly tingly, almost sweet heat.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 18
An oval dish filled with roasted plums, topped with star anise.

Roasted Plums

Scented with star anise, not overly sweet, and just 25 minutes from start to finish. Talk about our sorta summer dessert.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine on a sheet of parchment paper

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Herbs

Here’s how to transform ho-hum out-of-season supermarket tomatoes into polish-off-the-entire-batch-yourself bombs of jammy tomato superlativeness.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A cast-iron skilled filled with choriqueso, a cheese dip topped with queso

Choriqueso

Choriqueso = chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage) + queso (Spanish for cheese) melted into a puddle in a skillet. Perfect for dipping.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 10
Two halves of grilled cheddar jalapeno popper sandwich stacked on top of each other

Grilled Cheddar-Jalapeño Popper Sandwich

A big fat sandwich of deliciousness. That’s how one person referred to this brilliant riff on the classic grilled cheese that’s salty, tangy, spicy, melty, and mood-lifting as heck.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Several irregularly shaped pieces of miso glazed tofu on a black slate background

Miso Glazed Tofu

Lunch just got a lot less boring thanks to this simple miso glaze that packs a touch of heat and a wallop of umami.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Quick Pickled Ramps

Quick Pickled Ramps

No waiting weeks for the pickling solution to work its magic. Not with these little lovelies, which are ready to nosh within minutes of making.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Passover Brownies

Passover Brownies

The best kosher-for-Passover brownies we’ve ever had. Ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Ramp Butter

Ramp Butter

The stinky spring alliums known as ramps are a garlicky and ephemeral specialty. Get them while you can and then turn them into an (almost) everlasting compound butter.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A decorative metal serving bowl filled with fried rice with leftovers and a bowl of jalapeño garlic vinegar on the side

Fried Rice With Leftovers

A superlative version of the classic clean-out-the-fridge stir-fry that reinvents leftovers. Beware the optional but addictive jalapeño garlic vinegar.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A round flourless almond cake on a wooden baking paddle with almonds scattered around it

Flourless Almond Cake

A French classic crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 67
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Cookie dough is oft a means to an end, an interim state of existence, a fleeting moment sacrificed to the creation of cookies. No more. Grab your spoons.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 40