Kara Vitek, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Kara Vitek has tested.

A cast-iron pan filled with skillet steak peperonata and two slices of toasted baguette.

Skillet Steak Peperonata

Wanna know how to stretch a single steak into supper for four without seeming skimpy? Your answer awaits.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
Tray of roast chicken pieces with pancetta, olives, and garlic cloves

Roast Chicken With Pancetta and Olives

“One of the best chicken recipes ever!” “Crisp-skinned.” “Juicy.” “Aromatic.” “Easy.” “Gorgeous.” “Heavenly.” That’s what we’re hearing from folks who’ve tried it.

  • (13)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 43
Two plates topped with stir-fried cauliflower and garnished with cilantro.

Stir-Fried Cauliflower ~ Bong Cai Xao

The complex, almost caramelized taste of this sweetly savory side illustrates just why the last few years have seen a resurgence in respect for cauliflower.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 8
A light-blue gravy boat filled with svelte green goddess dip

Svelte Green Goddess Dip

This evocatively named dip isn’t the same as the one of yore. It’s got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 7
Crispy roasted Brussels sprouts on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So tantalizingly crisp at the edges, incredibly tender yet not mushy at the center, and lovely through and through. They’ll haunt you forever. In a good way.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Two pieces of almond biscotti on a stack of plates with a glass of coffee

Almond Biscotti

We find these unabashedly unconventional biscotti bewitching beyond belief. Different form. Same function. Far less fuss.

  • (9)
  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 23
A whole cooked wheat beer roasted chicken in a deep oval baking dish.

Beer Roasted Chicken

A crisp-skinned bird that’s inflected with orange and coriander for a very unique flair. And it comes together in a single pot, making it a cinch to prep as well as clean up afterward.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
A single white chocolate cupcake, topped with white frosting on a paper napkin.

White Chocolate Cupcakes

Fine-crumbed and sparely sweet, these sophisticated little cakes do wonders for white chocolate’s tarnished reputation. Confection perfection.

  • (9)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 42
Five broiled buffalo wings on a piece of parchment on a wooden board with a bowl of carrot and celery sticks.

Broiled Buffalo Wings

These lip-tingling wings boast far less oil-spattering-all-over-the-kitchen fuss and fewer calories than the classic that you’d find at the neighborhood bar. Not that you’ll be able to tell from the taste.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 4