Jessica DeStefano, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jessica DeStefano has tested.

A serving of lobster fra diavolo in an oval bowl with a spoon resting inside.

Lobster Fra Diavolo

Lend a little swanky to everyday spaghetti by gilding it with chunks of sweet, sweet lobster and juuuuust the perfect hit of chile pepper.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 10
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

There’s a lot to like here. The caramelized sweetness of sweet potatoes and onions. The salty and tangy creaminess of feta. And the knowing that you’re doing something decent for yourself without it tasting like penance.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 15
Four apple chips in a white pie dish.

Apple Chips

Why pay an absurd amount of money for a teensy bag containing a couple shriveled slices when you can instead DIY a slew of slightly sweet and eminently easy snacks?

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 4
Roasted asparagus on parchment paper

Roasted Asparagus

Think a recipe for roast asparagus isn’t necessary? We thought so, too…until we tried this. Perfect spears, time after time.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 12
A cast-iron skillet filled with chilaquiles on a wooden cutting board with a block of queso fresco and half a jalapeno beside it.

Chilaquiles

Essentially eggs scrambled with chips and salsa, chilaquiles is equally enticing in the a.m. as the p.m., with a cup of hot joe or a bottle of cold cerveza.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 21
Cut yellow roasted cherry tomatoes on a sheet of parchment paper.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

“Little explosions of flavor” is how the author describes these luscious little orbs of yellow, orange, or red goodness. We don’t disagree. Neither will you.

  • (4)
  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 11
Rhubarb and Tequila Cocktail

Rhubarb and Tequila Cocktail

Stunning and sophisticated, this cocktail relies on rhubarb for tartness, orange for intrigue, sugar for sweetness, and tequila for an afternoon nap.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
Cinnamon Pecan Blondies

Cinnamon Pecan Blondies

Chewy, buttery, and teeming with toffee flavor, these are a sophisticated take on those made-from-a-box blondies you scarfed down with your carton of milk in the school cafeteria.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 45