Kara Vitek, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Kara Vitek has tested.

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.

  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 14
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
A deep baking dish lined with parchment and filled with baked ricotta

Baked Ricotta

Entertaining gets no simpler than this rich, creamy, indulgent, elegant cheese spread made from three ingredients. Tasting is believing. Go on.

  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 42
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 this preparation for chicken (or rabbit). Sorta makes you wanna try it, eh?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 33
Blue cheese dip, with chunks of blue cheese, spilled in a white background with a spoon

Blue Cheese Dip

Tired of settling for an ordinary blue cheese dip that practically necessitates a search party to locate a stray chunk of cheese swimming in mayo? This one won’t disappoint.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Plum Almond Cake

Plum Almond Cake

Haute yet homey, this rustic Italian cake with its delicate crumb and pockets of jammy plum awesomeness will cause you to anticipate plum season like never, ever before.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 39
A cheese pie with a homemade crust cut into four slices in an antique tin pie plate on top of a napkin

Chess Pie

If in the beginning there was pie, it was probably chess pie seeing as it comes together soooooo simply from pantry staples.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0
Ultimate Margarita

Ultimate Margarita

A simple, clean break from tradition, this margarita eschews cloying Cointreau in lieu of a splash of sweet agave.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 18
Two whole chickens and whole garlic heads in a cast iron pan

Skillet Roast Chicken

This sassy roast chicken gets its moist meat and ultra-crisp skin from the two-step process of searing it in a skillet then sliding the whole thing in the oven. Simplicity.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 1
Squares of blondies with chocolate chips on parchment paper on a marble slab

Nancy Drew Blondies

Who knew the famous young detective baked blondies?! But not just any blondies. These blondies. The best blondies. Full of butterscotch goodness.

  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 22
A scalloped round sugar cookie with a heart-shaped windowpane cutout hanging form a tree branch

Windowpane Cookies

Wowsers! (We can’t really think of anything else to say about these stunning cookies, except they’re far easier to make than you’d expect.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
A white porcelain bowl filled with cassoulet and a fork rests on the side

Slow Cooker Cassoulet

No, this isn’t quite the classic cooked-for-days cassoulet you’ll find in Gascony. This is cassoulet casserole. You’ll find no complaints here.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 10 H, 45 M
  • 15