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.

Big glass bowl of layers of vanilla wafer banana pudding topped with sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It’s still easy. It’s still quick. And it’s still gosh darned comforting as heck.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
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
Three light and fluffy pancakes on a griddle

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Ethereally light and slightly sweet, these pancakes are exceptionally satisfying. Just like the pancakes of your breakfast dreams.

  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 19
A sliced steak with chimichurri sauce drizzled on top on a cutting board

Steak Chimichurri

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2
Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

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 just a short spell. Which means you don’t have to constantly tend a smoker from dawn to dusk.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 20
Best New York Deli Potato Salad

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
  • 32
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood

One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

If you’re going to splurge on brownies, you may as well, you know, SPLURGE on brownies. But not in terms of effort or expense. Just taste. These brownies handle it splendidly.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Flour Tortillas With Bacon Fat

Soft. Supple. And ever so slightly smoky. We think you can understand why we’re swooning to these bacon drippings tortillas.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

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

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 60
Slices of Nach Waxman's beef brisket on a cutting board

Nach Waxman’s Beef Brisket

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

  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 10 M
  • 33
Roast chicken with lemon slices under the skin in a oval metal pan

Roast Chicken with Lemon

Burnished skin. Juicy meat. An insanely come-hither aroma that pervades the house. All this can be yours for supper. And it’s so simple to toss it together.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 0
Cast iron skillet with a pan boxty(Irish potato pancake) in it, on a wooden cutting board

Pan Boxty | Irish Potato Pancake

A precursor to hash browns, pan boxty is an Irish classic for a darn good reason. Actually, three reasons—it’s shamelessly simple, flagrantly frugal, and undeniably delicious.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
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
  • 27