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.

Hummus Recipe

Hummus

Let’s get clear about what hummus is and what it ain’t. Real hummus tastes like nothing but hummus. Not fancy. Just perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

Simple Roast Chicken

As its name implies, this simple roast hen ridiculously easy and turns out a superlative bird with shatteringly crisp skin and surprisingly juicy meat. No surprise that it’s the same technique that Thomas Keller uses.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Nach Waxman's Best Brisket Recipe

Nach Waxman’s Brisket

Like a chorus line of Rockettes, these slices of brisket lean on one another in perfect symmetry here. Nach Waxman explains how to accomplish the same.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 10 M
  • 19
Best New York Deli Potato Salad Recipe

Best Potato Salad

Best potato salad ever. That’s what folks are saying about this easy and, dare we say, elegant spud salad.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 29
Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Barbecued Pork Burgers with Slaw Recipe

Barbecue Pork Burgers

A weeknight-friendly riff on slow-roasted pulled pork that juxtaposes tangy bbq sauce, succulent pork, and old-fashioned slaw, all in a jiffy.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 26
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for a spell.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 16
Coca-Cola Brisket Recipe

Coca Cola Brisket

This heartachingly tender brisket draws on just four ingredients, including a can of Coca Cola. Tasting is, truly, understanding.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 82
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

“Spectacular.” “Sinful.” “Easy.” “Airy.” “Buttery.” “Lofty.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about these little lovelies.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 52
Peppery Chicken Wings Recipe

Peppery Chicken Wings

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 3
Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe

Homemade Pasta Dough

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 85
Apple and White Cheddar Scones Recipe

Apple and White Cheddar Scones

These sweetly savory scones take the traditional sweet and savory intermingling of apple pie and Cheddar and make it portable and pastry perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 10
Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread

This is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, for those keeping track of such things. But it’s also good enough for anyone to want a slice.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Pork wrapped in bacon and roasted until crisp outside and tender inside. Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. Any objections?

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8