Helen Doberstein, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Helen Doberstein has tested.

Helen Doberstein

Helen was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has lived in the “GTA” (Greater Toronto Area) all of her life. Her earliest memories of food were typical of the English/Irish cooking of the day, which in Helen’s words meant “gray vegetables, potatoes, and well-done meats, sometimes with a token salad.” Fancy wasn’t on the menu growing up. Helen’s mom had taught her the basics so she wouldn’t starve, but the kitchen was always her mother’s domain. Intruders were welcome—to do the dishes.

As newlyweds, Helen and her husband became involved in round-robin dinner parties, which encouraged Helen to expand her cooking skills. Her most memorable dinner party involved a chocolate fondue that had so much kirsch in it she had to make coffee as everyone waited for cabs so they could get home safely. No one was given a choice to drive home after that dessert. (Helen deemed the night a huge success.) Not long after that, she started watching Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. In terms of cooking,she was hooked. Around the same time, Helen started collecting cookbooks and trying more and more new recipes and techniques in the kitchen. Soon everything was fair game.

Fortunately, when it comes to food, Helen’s family and friends are happy to try most anything that she’s prepared. The Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Stuffed Squash wowed her husband. Helen’s mother is extremely fond of the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The guys at the curling club loved the Duck Prosciutto and Bacon Jam.  And Helen? She’ll tell you that her favorite recipe is the Braised Duck Legs with Leeks and Green Olives. No, it’s the Sunday Roast Beef. Hmmm, it’s probably the Chilaquiles. Actually, like most of us, she’s not able to choose just one.

Helen and her husband now live in Bradford, Ontario, which she will tell you, has the distinction of being the “Vegetable Capital of Canada”. They have three grown children, and one adorable granddaughter. Helen has worked for three of the major Canadian banks, as well as with her husband at his business in Toronto, and is currently office administrator for the Lisbon Group in Bradford. She’s also spent many years teaching ceramics in the evenings, practicing archery, and making jewelry. She previously tested recipes for America’s Test Kitchen, and when her tenure there was done, she discovered Leite’s. “I can’t imagine doing this for anyone else now,” she says. “I love the sense of community here and look forward to many more years of happy testing.”

Rhubarb Sour Recipe

Rhubarb Sour

A rhubarb sour made with gin is probably not how your grandma chose to use those sweetly tart spring stalks. Her loss.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Person with a spoon digging into a glass jar of coddle eggs with potato puree underneath, slice of bread nearby

Coddled Eggs with Potato Puree

Buttery pureed potatoes are spooned into a Mason jar, topped with an egg, and then the entire thing is covered and gently coddled. A creamier, more buttery, luscious-er breakfast cannot be had.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 5
Beer-Braised Chicken with Root Vegetables Recipe

Beer Braised Chicken

Chicken is coaxed to tenderness in beer in this braised chicken with root vegetables. Simple to make, complex in taste, prepare for kudos.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 17
Braised pork loin with rosemary topped with a mustard-garlic sauce on a white plate on wood

Braised Pork Loin with Rosemary

Comforting as heck yet impressive enough to share with company. And did we mention that making it is essentially effortless? Entertaining made easy.

  • 25 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Pull out your slow cooker and sate yourself with this tender, sweetly spiced, subtly smoky shredded pork. And with nary any effort.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 12 H
  • 0
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
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
Brown Soda Bread

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it your birthright.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Easy Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight from the baking sheet.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Pork Loin Roast Recipe

Pork Loin Roast

Just like what your grandma would put on the table for Sunday night supper.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 30
Satsuma Orange Cake Recipe

Clementine Cake

Looks like upside-down cake. Tastes like upside-down cake. Yet this sticky citrusy dessert couldn’t be more right-side up.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 49