Emily Olson, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Emily Olson has tested.

Squares of care-package brownies on parchment paper

Care Package Brownies

Designed to maintain their just-out-of-the-oven loveliness for days, these are ideal for sharing something sweet with the ones you care, whether via the USPS or porch delivery. Or save ’em all for yourself.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 24
Slices of glazed nutmeg pound cake on a white cutting board

Nutmeg Cake

This spice cake is soaked with rum syrup, making a lovely, albeit slightly boozy, gift when wrapped in parchment and tied with a bow.

  • (6)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 25
A red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand

Red Velvet Cake

We’re hearing that this red velvet cake recipe with its mascarpone and cream cheese frosting surpasses all other renditions. Judge for yourself.

  • (3)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 32
Sliced tomatoes with blueberries and crumbled feta scattered on top and a sprig of basil for garnish.

Blueberry and Tomato Salad

There’s a week or two midsummer when peak blueberry and tomato seasons overlap. You’ve been warned. Go.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Easy Rhubarb Jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

Preserves were never so pretty in pink—or so easy to make—as with this foolproof old-fashioned recipe that relies on just four ingredients and an occasional stir. No prior canning experience required. Swear.

  • (20)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 117
A cast-iron skillet filled with chilaquiles on a wooden cutting board with a block of queso fresco and half a jalapeno beside it.

Chilaquiles

Essentially eggs scrambled with chips (or day-old tortillas) and salsa, chilaquiles is equally enticing in the a.m. as the p.m., with a cup of hot joe or a bottle of cold cerveza.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 26
A chipped ceramic dish filled with buttermilk drop biscuits nestled in a striped tea towel.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

“The best biscuits I’ve ever had!” is what we’re hearing from many, many, many folks who when they first try these easy no-rolling-required biscuits. Amen to that.

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 13
Three resealable plastic bags filled with freezer tomato sauce.

Freezer Tomato Sauce

1. Turn your glut of garden tomatoes into this sauce. 2. Stash it in the freezer. 3. Thank yourself come winter.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 22