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.”

Hot Brown Sandwich

Hot Brown Sandwich

An easy and iconic excuse to smother leftover turkey with bacon and a bubbling hot cheese sauce. Maybe Thanksgiving should come more than once a year.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Apple Tart Recipe

Apple Tart

If you took a look at this stunning tart and thought, “I can’t possibly do that!” think again. We suspect you can.

  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 10
Brown Butter Winter Squash

Brown Butter Winter Squash

One taste and you’ll forget all about that butter and brown sugar trick your mom taught you long ago. Promise.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Baked Mushrooms, Broken Bread Recipe

Baked Mushrooms, Broken Bread

An effortless, elegant side that fancies up the form as well as the flavor of two enduring entertaining icons: the stuffed mushroom and Thanksgiving stuffing.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 14
Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Toss together everything for dinner on a single sheet pan and shove it in the oven while you tend to other things that need to get done. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Moroccan-Spiced Roast Chicken

Moroccan-Spiced Roast Chicken

What we adore most about roast chicken? The fix-it-and-forget-about-it-ness of it. That and the countless ways to fancy it up. Here, one of our fuss-free favorites.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 55 M
  • 19
Roasted Pumpkin with Parmesan

Roasted Pumpkin with Parmesan

Roasted pumpkin with Parmesan is simply roasted winter squash with a little bling in the form of Parmigiano-Reggiano. So simple. Even sorta sophisticated.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 0
Glow in the Dark Jello Recipe

Glow in the Dark Jello

The spirits summoned for this ghostly glow-in-the-dark Jello hail from a bottle, not the supernatural. Whew. It’s just a gin and tonic under a black light. Who knew?!

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 11 H, 35 M
  • 34
Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe

Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

This green bean and cherry tomato salad is an easy, healthy side dish. We know kids that have gone back for not just seconds but thirds. Boom.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Chicken-Apple Sausage Recipe

Chicken Apple Sausage

Seriously, it’s so easy to make your own sausage. Insanely easy. And holy heck, does it taste phenomenal. No meat grinder required.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 13
Lentil Soup with Kale Recipe

Lentil Soup with Kale

Easy and slow cooker friendly. Do we really need to say anything else?

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 0
Slow Roasted Carrots Recipe

Roasted Carrots

Honey and cayenne lend these carrots a sweet heat that’s perfectly lovely alongside just about anything.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 2
Apricot Galette Recipe

Apricot Galette

This perfectly imperfect galette is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests its equally impressive. Do the math.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 0