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 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.

  • (2)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 8
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 Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Turnovers. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
Rows of peanut butter sandies dough balls with a cookie scoop placing another dough ball on the surface.

Peanut Butter Sandies

New York Times’ reporter Julia Moskin divulges the recipe for City Bakery’s Peanut Butter Sandies. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 13
A rimmed baking sheet filled with peppery chicken wings

Peppery Chicken Wings

The intensity of the classic buffalo wing is tempered here, usurped by a deliciously, defiantly untraditional blend of beguiling spices.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
A white bowl filled with lentil soup and topped with fried chiles, greek yogurt, and cilantro

Moroccan Lentil Soup

“Amazing.” “Wonderful.” “Warm satisfaction.” “Won the make-it-again award.” “Easy.” “Quick.” That’s what we’re hearing about this luxuriously satiating soup.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20