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.

Korean chicken wings piled around a white container of dipping sauce.

Korean Chicken Wings

Know that elusive balance of ridiculously crisp skin yet tender meat and a dipping sauce that’s sorta sweet but with some heat? Most wings fail miserably to achieve that. These nail it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons for dunking. And it requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

  • (4)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what we’re hearing about this.

  • (4)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 10
A perfectly roasted beef tenderloin with Madeira sauce on the side ion a copper pot

Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce

This no-fuss recipe doesn’t ambush you with any trickery. It just delivers you a supple, perfectly cooked roast beef tenderloin napped with a slightly boozy but goof-proof sauce.

  • (5)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 11
A woman pouring maple syrup over a maple glazed turkey in a black roasting pan.

Maple Glazed Turkey

Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Paleo-friendly. And tastes magnificent. Things just got a heck of a lot easier for you to plan your Thanksgiving menu.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 2

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. And essentially pork wrapped in more pork and roasted until crisp outside and juicily tender inside. Comfort food for when you need it.

  • (2)
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
A decorative plate topped with a slice of drunken apple cake that is drizzled with cream.

Drunken Apple Cake ~ Kuchen Borracho

A boozy keeper of a cake, this recipe takes its title from a shot of rum, its compelling taste from ample butter, eggs, and cream, and its inimitable texture from layer after layer of apples.

  • (9)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 102
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. Thank goodness for that. And thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y, kid-friendly quick bread.

  • (27)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 76
A sliced steak chimichurri with a gravy boat filled with chimichurri on the side.

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2