Kara Vitek, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Kara Vitek has tested.

Two girls sharing a chocolate cookie decorated with sprinkles.

Chocolate Cookies

Sometimes cookies are so amazing your instinct is to keep ’em all to yourself but you find yourself simply not being able to resist sharing them with loved ones. These are them.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Three golden-brown pan-roasted pork chops

Pan Roasted Pork Chops

Perfect. The best brine I’ve ever had. Oh. My. God. That’s just a few of the things we’re hearing about this simple weeknight supper solution.

  • (6)
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 25
White bowl of dark beef chili with chocolate on a black slab

Easy Cincinnati Chili

Regardless of whether you’re from Cincinnati or have ever experienced Cincinnati chili, you’ve gotta try this recipe. Trust us.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 19
A loaf of chocolate babka on a sheet of parchment with one slice cut off.

Chocolate Babka

Babkalicious! Best babka ever! Holy Cow! Holy Babka! Those are just some of the responses we’re hearing ’bout this indulgent loaf of buttery, chocolatey, Jewishy goodness.

  • (8)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 28
Squares of chocolate chip crisps on a sheet of parchment paper.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisps

Crisp as a cracker. Less sweet than a cookie. And certain to be safe from the kids as they have a distinct adult dark chocolate allure.

  • (1)
  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 31
A stack of several oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire paddle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and (sorta) wholesome through and through, these are a revelatory riff on the classic.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 30
A stack of confetti cookies.

Confetti Cookies

Cloudy with a chance of sprinkles. That’s our forecast for anyone who wishes to recreate the sugar cookies of their childhood.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 6
A white baking dish with a piece of patterned parchment and 15 squares of coconut blondies.

Coconut Blondies

Sweet! Gooey! Easy! Yum! Those are just a few of the lovely things we’re hearing about these coconutty beauties. Taste for yourself.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 17
A white plate topped with an iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing.

Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing

The best version we’ve experienced of this classic steakhouse salad with a creamy blue cheese dressing that’s basically an excuse to eat your vegetables.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0