Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

Elsa Jacobson

Elsa M Jacobson is the child of a Swede and an Eagle Scout, which, as her pal Breadman has said, “explains everything.” Her father the Eagle Scout was also Jewish, so she had the pleasures of a dual dining culture growing up. She has been vegetarian since the age of nine, and has never looked back. After graduating valedictorian with a BFA in Fiber, she worked for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company, followed by Event Managing AIDS Walks nationwide, and subsequently serving as Regional Director for Chicago’s Green Festival. She loves to study and has taken Swedish classes wherever she can find them, including both Columbia and Harvard. She currently manages three neighborhood farmers markets in Chicago, and vends arguably the nation’s finest tofu at three others, while also providing tofu education to customers and staff trainees. She has a deep interest in cheese of all types, has taught cheese and cheese making, and assisted chefs at cooking schools, among them Sur La Table, as well as testing recipes for other publications. Elsa is an avid environmentalist, a Chicago Conservation Corps leader, has worked for the Chicago Park District, serves for an organization that upcycles plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless, as well as on the operating committee of the Chicago Volunteer Expo. She has a passion for seniors, and has served on the board of multiple senior homes for the past two decades. Elsa additionally has a strong passion for community, and lives in an intentional community dedicated to greening and sustainability. She is curious, nerdy, enjoys process and details, has a quirky sense of humor, loves being of service, and is, at her core, 100% an introvert. She was accepted into the ranks of LC testers on December 7, 2006 after taking a food journalism class with the fat daddy himself, David Leite.

An apple coffee cake with one slice cut from it on a wire cooling rack with parchment underneath.

Apple Coffee Cake

Elegant enough for company, simple enough for every day, and versatile enough for breakfast and midnight snack and pretty much every moment in between.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 17
A ceramic bowl filled with pumpkin ginger mash with a person scooping a spoon into it.

Pumpkin Ginger Mash

Sweet autumn squash gets unexpectedly enhanced with the warmth of ginger and the complex depth of soy sauce and sesame oil.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0
Two sweet potato puddings in white souffle dishes on a silver tray with spoons and a bowl of whipped cream beside them.

Sweet Potato Puddings

We’re been foregoing the classic sweet potato casserole for these lovely and sweetly satisfying puddings instead.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
Several bunches of roasted grapes on the vine in a white bowl.

Roasted Grapes on the Vine

A little sweet, a little savory, and altogether enticing as a fashionable and flavorful accompaniment to a simple cheese plate or even roast meat, including that traditional roast turkey.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
Two halved grilled cheese with onion jam on a wooden cutting board alongside a dish of onion jam and a butter knife.

Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 8
A bowl of eggless chocolate chip cookie dough with a spoon resting in it.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Grab your spoons. Whether you crave sweetness or sustenance of a different sort, this simple childhood pleasure may at least bring you a little pleasure in the moment at hand.

  • (11)
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 52
Chunks of roasted sweet potatoes with Sriracha and lime wedges and sprigs of cilantro scattered over the top.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sriracha and Lime

“Sweet potatoes with firecracker flavor” is what we’re hearing about these lovely, albeit unexpected, sweet potatoes. And just 10 minutes of barely any effort. Who loves you?!

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
Six sections of cauliflower and kimchi sandwiches cut to show the filling.

Cauliflower and Kimchi Sandwiches

Grown-up grilled cheese to the nth degree. That’s our impression of this really rather regal approach to downing your vegetables.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. Thank goodness for that. And thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y, kid-friendly quick bread.

  • (26)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 74