Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 7
A decorative plate with two slices of roast pork and three bunches of pickled grapes.

Pickled Grapes

One taste of these sweetly sour lovelies and we assure you, you’ll be convinced that yes, your fall table does, indeed, need pickled grapes.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A layer of toasted, spiced pumpkin seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

“Super easy.” “Quite addictive.” “Divine.” That’s what folks are saying about these surprisingly seductive spiced pepitas.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
A canning jar filled with pickled wild mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Pickled Wild Mushrooms

So easy to toss together. So understated yet sophisticated. So wise in capturing and preserving something during its season.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 D
  • 0
A small boy holding a partially eaten peanut butter and concord grape jam sandwich.

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.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 9
A black rectangular serving dish filled with slices of roasted squash with chile and honey, slices of roasted tofu, scallions, squeezed lime halves, and sesame seeds.

Roasted Squash with Chile and Honey

A little chile and honey elevate roasted squash to another dimension entirely. Trust us. This is not your typical roasted winter squash.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
An earthenware bowl partially filled with kohlrabi kraut.

Kohlrabi Kraut

Turn that alien-looking vegetable turns into something that’s surprising as well as satisfying.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A wooden bowl filled with Manchego potato chips and sprinkled with more Manchego cheese.

Manchego Potato Chips

Magnificent. Marvie. Munchable. Manchego-y. Mmmm. That’s how we think of these glammed-up potato chips (and you can use a shortcut by

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A jar of pumpkin spice syrup with a spoon resting on top and two spoons beside the jar.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Oh, the places you’ll go with this sweetly spicy pumpkin syrup. So long, Starbucks. DIY pumpkin spice latte, here we come!

  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 12
A rectangular casserole dish filled with spicy tomato crumble, and a spoon resting in it.

Spicy Tomato Crumble

This spicy tomato crumble isn’t your run-of-the-mill crumble with its savory tomato filling and gently spiced crumble topping. And leftovers reheat beautifully.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A white bowl of French lentil soup, topped with ribbons of chard.

French Lentil Soup

Hearty, healthy, comforting as heck, and it comes together in a single pot and makes ample leftovers to see you through the rest of the week.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A stack of three whole-wheat pancakes with strawberry sauce, a couple whole strawberries, and confectioners' sugar sprinkled over the top.

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Made with half whole wheat flour and half white flour, these pancakes are light and fluffy and improbably enticing for something that actually has redeeming nutritional qualities.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A small bowl of lemon wedges and two white bowls of deep purple summer borscht with a dollop or sour cream and sprinkling of chives in each.

Summer Borscht

An easy and elegant version of the traditional Russian winter soup that’s refreshing (and healthy) as heck.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6
A white bowl filled with spaghetti topped with bread crumbs and a chunk of pecorino beside the bowl.

Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

Bet you’ve already got everything you need for this frugal pantry pasta. All you need now is 15 minutes to pull it together.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 12