Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

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.

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  • 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
Baked Feta

Baked Feta and Figs

“Comes together in no time.” “Immensely delicious.” “A keeper.” That’s what folks are saying about this ridiculously easy yet elegant appetizer (or, who are we kidding, simple summer supper).

  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
Infused Water

How to Infuse Water

Why spend half your paycheck on pricey infused waters when you can make them at home? It’s easy, inexpensive, and lovely.

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  • 5 M
  • 8 H, 5 M
  • 2
Blue casserole of spicy macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs on top and sliced of jalapeno peppers

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

All the comfort of classic mac and cheese plus a little kick. Actually, a lot of kick. Although we’ve heard not complaints.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
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
  • 26
A basting brush with chipotle maple barbecue sauce

Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.

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  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood

One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

If you’re going to splurge on brownies, you may as well, you know, SPLURGE on brownies. But not in terms of effort or expense. Just taste. These brownies handle it splendidly.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Cacio e pepe potato chips--chips topped with cheese, black pepper, and parsley

Cacio e Pepe Potato Chips

Store-bought potato chips, cheese, and black pepper. Our only question is: Why didn’t we think of this sooner? Genius.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

French Toast with Earl Grey Syrup

We know what you’re thinking. “I better not try the Earl Grey syrup because my kids may turn up their nose at it.” Make it anyways.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Espresso Cake

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.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 37