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).

An oval dish filled with a chicken, sweet potato, and bacon casserole topped with melted cheese

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Casserole

“Simple.” “Delicious.” “Awesome.” “Lovely.” “Wonderful.” “What’s not to love?” That’s what folks are saying about this almost obscenely satisfying casserole.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2
A white bowl of orange carrot and lentil soup with a bowl of rice nearby

Carrot and Lentil Soup

“Beautiful.” “Filled with flavors.” “A tad spicy.” “Simple.” “Perfect!” That’s just a taste of what our testers are saying about this soup. Sort of makes you want some, doesn’t it?

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 5
White plate of tomato and green bean salad with feta, red onion, parsley, and mint

Tomato and Green Bean Salad

You don’t have to be Greek for this amalgam of tomatoes, green beans, red onion, and feta to taste like home.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 9
Cold Fusion Fries

Easy French Fries

For those of us who dread cleaning up the kitchen, this innovative lazy man’s approach for homemade french fries is a godsend. It’s also darn good.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 4
New York–Style Cheesecake

New York–Style Cheesecake

How do you define a true New York-style cheesecake? A sweetly crunchy graham cracker crust cushioning a rich, creamy, moan-inducing filling with a slightly lemony lilt. In other words, this recipe.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 32
Three glass cups with scoops of strawberry cheesecake ice cream on a plate and dish towel

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This little taste of heaven is easy as can be. Smooth, rich, creamy ice cream that tastes just like cheesecake. No ice cream maker required.

  • 20 M
  • 12 H
  • 11
A bowl of sesame-peanut noodles coated in peanut sauce, topped with sesame seeds, chopsticks on the side

Sesame-Peanut Noodles

These gooey, slurpy, peanut butter-y wonders are the true test of a Chinese restaurant’s worthiness. Although now you don’t have to leave it to chance. You can simply make them at home.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon

Cedar Plank–Grilled Salmon

Imagine, if you can, a technique that imbues salmon with a touch of smoke and ensures your pricey catch doesn’t stick to the grate. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

What to bring to a backyard bash when all you want is mad crazy gratitude and an empty dish to take home.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 51
Grilled Flank Steak With Chile Spice Rub

Grilled Flank Steak

If you can master this über basic recipe, you can grill a steak waaaaay better than any of your friends. Promise.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood

One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

If you’re going to splurge on brownies, you may as well, you know, SPLURGE on brownies. But not in terms of effort or expense. Just taste. These brownies handle it splendidly.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Two plates of shaved asparagus and pecorino salad on a tablecloth

Asparagus and Pecorino Salad

The asparagus in this salad is sublimely sweet and is beautifully balanced by salty pecorino and tart zinginess of lemon.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 1
Espresso Cheesecake

Espresso Cheesecake

“Luscious.” “Creamy.” “Incredibly delicious!” “Just the right amount of sweet.” That’s what folks are saying about this cheesecake.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 14