Ilda Costa-Sarnicki, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Ilda Costa-Sarnicki has tested.

Ilda Costa-Sarnicki

Ilda Costa-Sarnicki subscribes to the Dalai Lama’s rule that suggests one should approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Her first recollection of having a foodie gene was, when at 4 years of age, her mom sent her outside for some fresh air and she returned with a bunch of parsley asking if that was it.

Ilda discovered food as more than sustenance by watching the Food Network with her daughter and then going into the kitchen to replicate recipes seen on the shows. Thirty years later, the kitchen experiments continue. All things food and cooking are a passion enjoyed on days off from her work as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse.

Over the years, Ilda has collected an arsenal of kitchen gadgets and has designed an ergonomic kitchen that maximizes efficiency and pleasure while minimizing stress and fatigue. She confesses she’s a hardcore foodist, and she does deep dives not only into cooking but also cheese making, charcuterie, food preservation, fermentation, and food gardening.

Recipe testing feeds into her motto of being continually inspired and of inspiring others to cook and be creative and confident in the kitchen.

A white plate with a soup spoon and 2 slices of grainy bread, with a small white bowl filled with Jerusalem artichoke soup garnished with thyme, truffle oil, and Jerusalem artichoke chips.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

If you’re not already in love with Jerusalem artichokes, we suggest you start with this soup–velvety, nutty, and earthy. Divine.

A creamy pottery bowl filled with a warm lentil salad, made with green and brown lentils, bacon, shallots and chives.

Warm Lentil Salad

Warm lentil salad, filled with the earthy flavor of lentils, slab bacon, onions, and shallots, is tossed with a walnut oil dressing. A fantastic side dish.

2 rectangular plates with scoops of dark chocolate gelato, one on a scoop and one in a cone, surrounded by squares of dark chocolate and a bowl of cocoa.

Dark Chocolate Gelato

Sweet, but not too sweet, and chocolatey (extra chocolatey, actually) gelato is smooth, silky, and rich. This sweet treat is for real chocolate lovers.

A white platter filled with slices of tofu covered in a dark sauce, sesame seeds, and chives, beside a plate of dumplings, a spoon filled with sesame seeds, and a pair of chopsticks.

Char Siu Tofu

A richly flavored, sweet, and savory tofu dish that will make a tofu-lover out of anyone. It’s true–be prepared to share.