Elsa M. Jacobson, Recipe Tester

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

Oval dish with cacio e pepe kugel, a cheese and pepper casserole with fettuccine and ricotta and Pecorino cheeses baked golden

Cacio e Pepe Kugel

Cacio e pepe kugel. It’s what happens when Rome’s famous pasta dish collides with everyone’s favorite Jewish comfort food.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
Candied Kumquats Recipe

Candied Kumquats

These delectable kumquats are simmered in sweetness until tender and just like candy. And we can’t get enough of ’em.

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  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
A slab of Katharine Hepburn brownies cut into 9 pieces, on parchment paper, with a knife nearby

Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Who knew Katharine Hepburn was as agile at baking as acting? These brownies make us think maybe she missed her true calling.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 35
Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

These uncannily crisp, seemingly shortbreadish cookies from San Francisco’s Miette are–and we mean this–unlike any you’ve ever encountered.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 37
Herbed ricotta dip with a cutting board covered with carrots, radishes, fava beans

Herbed Ricotta Dip with Spring Vegetables

True story: This luscious little number inspired one toddler to dip and dunk his way through an entire bag of baby carrots. An entire bag. Behold, the power of the dipper!

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Ramp Butter Recipe

Ramp Butter

Those lovely and stinky spring alliums known as ramps are an ephemeral specialty. Have this ramp butter recipe ready and waiting so you can take advantage the moment they arrive.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
White plate filled with orange, purple, and yellow candied carrots

Candied Carrots

Sometimes carrots aren’t quite as sweet as we’d like them to be. This kid-tested tactic takes care of that occasional oops on the part of Mother Nature.

  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 8
Quick Pickled Ramps Recipe

Quick Pickled Ramps

No waiting weeks for the pickling solution to work its magic. Nope. These little lovelies are ready to nosh within minutes of making.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Passover Brownies Recipe

Passover Brownies

The best kosher-for-Passover brownies we’ve ever had. Ever so slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Flourless Almond Cake Recipe

Flourless Almond Cake

A flourless almond cake that’s French and flavorful, this amandier is crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 33
A casserole dish of hominy au gratin--hominy in a cheese sauce--plus a spoon filled with the cheesy hominy

Hominy au Gratin

A comfort food phenom that’s as cheesy and satisfying as macaroni and cheese…minus the macaroni.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Rye Pancakes Recipe with Maple Pears

Rye Pancakes with Maple-Pear Compote

Lest you worry these remarkably delicate, nutty rye pancakes being too ascetic, rest assured they go splendidly with the sweetness of pears sautéed in gobs of butter and maple syrup.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0