Julie Dreyfoos, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Julie Dreyfoos has tested.

Julie Dreyfoos

As a young girl in Ohio, Julie was content to spend many a day baking cookies and pies and more with her godmother. This old-kitchen know-how came in handy years later when she ran a small catering company in South Florida and, more recently, while raising two boys in Seattle with her husband, Rob. She often entertains, pairing Washington wines with the latest trends in local Pacific Northwest cuisine, and she still has her very first cookbook, now part of her collection of more than 200 volumes. In life’s zigzag way, all those years of reading recipes and juggling pots and pans on the stovetop prepared her to become LC’s Production Manager from 2010 to 2013.

A person holding an ice cream cone filled with rich vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream. Just sorta defines summer, yes? And what better way can you imagine spending a lazy afternoon than making and devouring this childhood classic?

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 17
Chops from a spice-glazed grilled pork loin on a cutting board with a glass of stout.

Grilled Pork Loin

No more helplessly watching as the chops you toss on the grill toughen into leathery dryness. Not with this flawless technique that cooks the pork loin whole and slices it AFTER grilling.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 15 H, 30 M
  • 25
Several slices of homemade corned beef in a sandwich on a wooden table.

Homemade Corned Beef

Homemade corned beef is crazy easy to make. And it’s not just for St. Patrick’s Day. Although that holiday simply isn’t the same without it.

  • (30)
  • 30 M
  • 5 D, 3 H
  • 258
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
  • 12
A large metal pot filled with linguine with clams resting on a metal stand

Linguine with Clams

Deceptively and blessedly simple, this meal for two comes together in less than 30 minutes yet the intoxicating aroma hints that you’ve been slaving all day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A 16-layer red-eye devil's food cake--alternating layer of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting

Red Eye Devil’s Food Cake

A classic chocolate cake on caffeine, this impressive yet easy to assemble stack of chocolatey elegance takes its rounded chocolatey-ness from a cup of joe and its ample fudgy-ness fro ganache.

  • (4)
  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 39
A partially sliced sweet potato and cranberry strudel, topped with butter and pecans on a wooden board with a bowl of spiced creme fraiche.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Strudel

This strudel, filled with sweet potato, raisins, and cranberry, is a great lunch or side. Store-bought Phyllo makes the strudel a cinch to make.

  • (2)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 6
A round of red pepper cheesecake, topped with apricot jam and surrounded by crackers.

Red Pepper Cheesecake

This savory cheesecake is much, much more than just another cheese course. It’s a darn near soul-satiating beginning or ending to your next dinner party.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 5 H, 25 M
  • 2
Two mushroom strudels on a silver tray, one cut in half, with a knife resting on top.

Mushroom Strudel

Crackly phyllo that’s crisp as autumn leaves give way to tender wild mushrooms in this simple, sumptuous savory strudel.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 5
A three-layer hummingbird cake with a cake server beside it.

Hummingbird Cake

This Southern classic is an oh so sweet and charming stack of pineapple, coconut, bananas, and pecans slathered with cream cheese frosting.

  • (7)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 20