Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 28
Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

A baseball classic. Although our take on classic caramel corn is somewhat more delicate and buttery than the stale sort found at the ball park–and won’t last longer than an inning.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 10
Concord Grape Jam

Concord Grape Jam

Words escape us as to just how incomparable this made-from-scratch grape jam is compared to store-bought. That smile certainly says it all.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 9
A clay bowl filled with butter, parsley, red onion, lemon zest, orange zest, and salt

Parsley Garlic Butter

Parsley garlic butter. Easy to make. Always worth having on hand. And is a packed with flavor.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Yellow Pea and Coconut Milk Soup

Yellow Pea and Coconut Milk Soup

With its layers of textures and colors, this soupy stewy concoction is far more enticing than the name would have you believe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 11
A white plate with cavatelli past topped with a roasted tomato sauce, fork on the side

Roasted Tomato Sauce and Pasta

Sugo con pomodorini gratinati alla Calabrese. That’s how you say the proper title of this recipe in Italian. Uh. We’ll just say “More pasta, please.” Because you’re definitely to be requesting second helpings.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
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 cakey brownies.

  • 15 M
  • 55 M
  • 8
Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

“Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “Like eating cake.” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this unconventional cornbread.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 41
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Greek Yogurt

Homemade Greek yogurt that folks are calling the creamiest and most loveliest homemade yogurt ever. Sorta makes you want to see what the fuss is about, doesn’t it?

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 0
Two heads of roasted garlic--one in foil, one unwrapped--drizzled with oil on a cutting board

Roasted Garlic

Is there anything better than roasted garlic? We think not. Three ingredients. Almost no effort. And yet what results is both complex and versatile and knee-wobblingly lovely.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 2
How to Freeze Basil

How to Freeze Herbs

When life hands you an abundance of herbal loveliness, pull out your ice cube tray, add some olive oil, and save the loveliness for another day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 6 H
  • 0
Baking sheet lined with parchment and covered with easy roasted carrots and onions with burnt edges

Easy Roasted Carrots

Four ingredients and one simple technique that will leave everyone asking—maybe even demanding—you for more. A keeper of a side dish.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 2
Madeleines

Madeleines

Buttery, cake-y, crisp at the edges, and with a slight lilt of lemon, this cookie launched a thousand memories—and a literary masterpiece—for Marcel Proust.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 2