Karen Depp, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karen Depp has tested.

Karen Depp

Karen Depp began cooking in the 4th grade, making applesauce with her best friend in the backyard, using a candle, tart tin, and paring knife. She advanced to cakes and cookies by the 6th grade and continued to hone her skills as she grew up. She likes to say that the highlight of her culinary career was being admitted to the hallowed halls of LC Testerville. Alas, her first recipe attempt wasn’t so hallowed and resulted in her setting her oven on fire. (We have it on good authority the conflagration had nothing to do with us; her oven was limping along on its last BTU.) Depp modestly claims that her success in the realm of cooking comes from her relationship to good cooks—her mother, two chef brothers-in-law, and a Culinary Institute of America-trained nephew who’s worked with Emeril Lagasse.

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
  • 29
Cutting board and knife with a salt and pepper rib eye steak

Salt and Pepper Rib Eye Steak

Rib eye steak. Salt. Pepper. Flame. And this technique. That’s all it takes to create one of the most superlative suppers known to man.

  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 14
A rimmed baking sheet filled with peppery chicken wings

Peppery Chicken Wings

The intensity of the classic buffalo wing is tempered here, usurped by a deliciously, defiantly untraditional blend of beguiling spices.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 9
Five piles of different colored fresh pasta dough

Homemade Pasta Dough

Pasta made fresh according to Italian tradition is unspeakably more supple, satisfying, and gratifying than the dried-out store-bought stuff and, in fact, lovely enough to cause you to weep. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 98
A classic grilled cheese sandwich--buttered grilled bread and oozing Cheddar cheese

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn’t benefit from feeling like you’re six again and all is right with the world?

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
A perfectly roasted beef tenderloin with Madeira sauce on the side ion a copper pot

Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce

This eminently reliable, no-fuss recipe doesn’t ambush you with carving trickery. It’s just a simple, supple roast beef tenderloin napped with a slightly boozy but goof-proof sauce.

  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 7
A pot of velvet mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 10
A whole turkey on a white platter with parsley garnish. A gravy boat and candles in the background.

Roast Turkey with Smoked Paprika and Fennel

This roast turkey from chef Tom Douglas (those of you familiar with his creative genius will stop reading right now and head to the store) is unlike any turkey you’ve ever had before.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 0
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 34
Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese

A spoon-it-straight-from-the-jar-and-slather-it-on-everything sauce with the taste of tradition, the seduction of sophistication.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 33
Chocolate Fudge Pops

Chocolate Fudge Pops

They look like fudgsicles. They taste like fudgesicles. Yet they’re made cocoa, coconut milk, and honey so you don’t even have to do that thing where you pretend that something’s healthy. Because it actually is.

  • 10 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 16
A pan with two handles filled with a Southern peach cobbler on a baking sheet

Southern Peach Cobbler

This Southern peach cobbler is going to bring back a lot of memories. We consider it Southern charm.

  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 12
Rosemary Tisane

Rosemary Infused Tea

A tisane is essentially an infusion of herbs, flowers, or leaves, much like herbal tea. Here, take a sip of soothing rosemary and sweet, sweet honey and tell us it’s not like an instant spa treatment.

  • 1 M
  • 10 M
  • 3