Karen Lynch, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Karen Lynch has tested.

Cinnamon toast bars on a baking sheet with two slices on the side.

Cinnamon Toast Bars

Just like cinnamon toast. Except better. Your kids will worship you. So will your inner kid.

Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs

“Simple.” “Perfect.” “The moistest chicken with the crispiest skin we’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this crowd-pleasing, weeknight-friendly chicken trick.

A pile of cheese crackers on an old metal grater.

Cheese Crackers

Yup. We went there. To that homemade Cheez-It place. Go ahead. Admit it. You’re awfully glad that we did.

Eight homemade Milano cookies in a metal loaf tin.

Homemade Milano Cookies

Forget Pepperidge Farm. Where’s the satisfaction in just ripping the bag open? Where’s the longing that comes with anticipation? Right here with these homemade Milanos.

A bowl of homemade yellow mustard next to a wooden spoon filled with mustard seeds.

Homemade Yellow Mustard

Why make your own mustard? Because you can. And if that’s not reason enough, there’s no comparison between this and the store-bought stuff. Enough said.

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 it.

A blue and white plate topped with a deconstructed chicken Caesar salad with baguette round croutons.

Chicken Caesar Salad

This take on the classic contains no raw egg, so make it for everyone you love—even the old, the young, and the preggers.

Three jars of homemade nut butter made with different nuts.

Homemade Nut Butter

“Really super easy.” “So good, I made it twice.” “Pure joy.” That’s what folks are saying about this homemade nut butter recipe.

An almost empty pot with traces of hot fudge sauce and a wooden spoon resting inside.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate, cream, sugar, vanilla, and butter. If ever there was a magnificent melding of just a few ingredients, this is it.

Two waffle iron grilled cheese sandwiches on a wooden cutting board with a knife and a waffle iron nearby.

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dust off that waffle iron. You’re going to want to make more than one of these supper-worthy sandwiches with crisped dimples and ooey, gooey interior. And no spattered stovetop to clean!

Two glasses of green smoothie, one of them tipped over and spilled with two spinach leaves beside it.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

Two halved grilled cheese with onion jam on a wooden cutting board alongside a dish of onion jam and a butter knife.

Grilled Cheese with Onion Jam

Up your grilled cheese game with this riff on the classic that plays loose and easy with Cheddar, chutney, and caramelized onions.

A bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with a few slices cut from the end and a knife resting beside.

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.

A large bowl filled with grilled panzanella, with cherry tomatoes, torn bread, and basil leaves.

Grilled Panzanella Salad

This brashly untraditional panzanella grills the bread so you can dispense with waiting for stale bread. Still frugal. Still stunning. Still more than the sum of its parts.