Eydie Desser, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Eydie Desser has tested.

Eydie Desser

Eydie Desser is from deep in the heart of Texas—Beaumont, to be exact, where the air is so thick and the sun is so hot, it’ll melt your fat like butter. She inherited her passion for cooking from her mother, who loved butter so much that she wrote a family cookbook titled Just Add Butter. Desser took a hiatus from her advertising career to attend the French Culinary Institute, where she earned her Grand Diplôme in Culinary Arts. She and her husband live in Santa Monica, CA, where she works as a cooking instructor and happily tests recipes for Leite’s Culinaria (much to the delight of her family and friends).

A couple slices of plum-blueberry upside-down cake on a white plate with a knife resting on the edge of the plate.

Plum-Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

This purple-stained cake—er, what’s left of it—calls for just old-fashioned goodness and the season’s most compelling fruits. Got milk?

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 11
Eight triangle shaped pieces of nutella brownie.

Nutella Brownies

And, on the eighth day, there was gianduia (zhahn-doo-yah). Namely, hazelnuts harmoniously cozying up to chocolate. Aka Nutella. And the world has been a more glorious place ever since.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 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.

  • (23)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 65
A person holding a black bean burger filled with spinach, tomato, onion, and asparagus.

Black Bean Burger

Easy. Healthy. Spicy. Vegan. And satiating as heck. That’s what you get from this inspired collision of ingredients that come together in the form of a veggie burger.

  • (3)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 10
Roasted asparagus on a baking sheet.

Roasted Asparagus

Think a recipe for roast asparagus isn’t necessary? We thought so, too…until we tried this. Lovely spears time after time. Not at all mushy. And never tough.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 12
A brown paper bag with popped microwave popcorn spilling out of it.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Yes, you can make microwave popcorn on your own with just a brown paper bag. No artificial colors. No fake butter. No nasty preservatives. Bring on your next Netflix binge!

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A white bowl of braised saffron carrots on a piece of burlap on a wooden table.

Braised Saffron Carrots

A sweet-tart side dish sensation. These carrots of any–or many–hues take a turn for the better when braised in olive oil with a pinch of saffron and a splash of vinegar.

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 6
Two individual servings of chocolate mouse in glass tumblers served on a small plate with a silver spoon resting beside.

Chocolate Mousse

This sophisticated chocolate fix draws on just three ingredients, comes together in minutes, and is satiating beyond belief.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 21
Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Patties

It’s the taste of these spiced meat-filled patties that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 14