Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

A cast-iron pot filled with pan-fried green beans tossed with garlic and butter

Pan-Fried Green Beans

Simple yet spectacular green beans thanks to the perfect technique from Alain Ducasse.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A crock of beer cheese with a knife resting on top, and a mug of beer and piece of pretzel bun on the side.

Beer Cheese

A boozy cousin to pimento cheese, this beer cheese is essential entertaining fare during football season. And, actually, outside football season.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 2
Two slices of chocolate sandwich, made with toasted French bread, chocolate, and a sprinkling of salt on a wire rack.

Chocolate Sandwich

Rest assured, this chocolate sandwich with a French accent is a far cry from Wonder bread and Hershey’s. Oooooh sooooo far.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Glass jar with a cold and flu drink with a cinnamon stick, a spoon with ginger

Cold and Flu Elixir

Made with honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne, this sweet sipper is incomparably better than those blechy-tasting, over-priced, brand-name cold medicines.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Plate of roasted cauliflower brushed with hot sauce and topped with crumbled blue cheese in front of a door

Buffalo Cauliflower

All the awesomeness of Buffalo wings. All the virtuousness of cauliflower. You can have it all with this game day recipe.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 15
A white bowl filled with lentil soup and topped with fried chiles, greek yogurt, and cilantro

Moroccan Lentil Soup

“Amazing.” “Wonderful.” “Warm satisfaction.” “Won the make-it-again award.” “Easy.” “Quick.” That’s what we’re hearing about this luxuriously satiating soup.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
A skillet with caramelized onions and a spatula moving the onions.

How to Caramelize Onions

So-called “caramelized onions” that take just 20 minutes to turn a limpid softness and a pale golden are no substitute for the complex sweetness of properly caramelized alliums. Here’s how to do it right.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 25
An espresso cake drizzled with glaze on a wire rack that is set on a pice of parchment to catch any glaze drips.

Espresso Cake

This simple yet spectacular riff on coffee cake—there’s actually coffee in the cake—is rich and robust and rousing in that way only espresso can be.

  • (12)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 45
Three eggnog ice pops with wooden popsicle sticks.

Eggnog Ice Pops

Don’t pour that last bit of eggnog down the drain! Here’s the penultimate use for it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 12 H, 15 M
  • 0
Squares of best homemade gingerbread cake dusted with confectioners' sugar on a silver platter.

Best Homemade Gingerbread Cake

A contemporary riff on an old-fashioned classic that has a perfect balance of spices and a light, pillowy texture and the zing of fresh ginger.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Cranberry and orange relish in a white bowl on a baking sheet

Cranberry and Orange Relish

Doesn’t get much simpler than this make-ahead cranberry sauce. Simply simmer cranberries, sugar, and orange until you hear a “Pop!” Then slide it in the fridge. Your work is done.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 20