Linda McElroy, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Linda McElroy has tested.

A person holding an ice cream cone with 2 scoops of blackberry ice cream.

Blackberry Ice Cream

So exquisite it makes folks say “This recipe is a 10.” and “Perfect.” and “Gloriously smooth.” and “Very rich.” Blackberries, lime, and cream, and not much else.

A bluebarb pie with one slice missing and two forks resting beside the pie.

Bluebarb Pie

Tart rhubarb collides with sweet blueberries to create some serious summer pie envy among strawberry rhubarb loyalists.

Seven vanilla bean oatmeal cookies scattered across a cooling rack and kitchen towel.

Vanilla Bean Oatmeal Cookies

A classic that’s loved by nearly everybody. A chewy center and delicate flavor of vanilla give them an appeal beyond your everyday oatmeal biscuits. Perfect for sharing, too.

Five jars of jam, two apricot and three strawberry rhubarb jam, with some wildflowers.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This small-batch refrigerator jam from the famed Sarabeth’s Bakery takes barely any effort and just half an hour. And simply stash it in the fridge. No canning required.

Two pieces of grilled lemongrass chicken on top of rice with scallion garnish on a blue plate.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

A make-at-home riff on the grilled chicken you may have experienced at Vietnamese restaurants. An astoundingly quick marinade infuses the chicken with flavor in no time.

Two white bowls of Tuscan bean soup on a white surface.

Tuscan Bean Soup

A classic Italian vegetable soup that just happens to be loaded with so-called super foods such as kale. Seems Nonna’s known what’s best all along.

A slow roasted lamb shoulder in an oval cast iron dish with orange wedges.

Slow Roast Lamb

This slow roasted lamb shoulder coaxes the meat to fall-apart tenderness in the oven while infusing it with the pervasive aroma and flavor of orange, chile, and honey.

A piece of homemade pancetta sliced to show the circular pattern.

Homemade Pancetta

Pancetta is simply unsmoked bacon—aka pork belly—cured with salt and seasonings. And now you can DIY it.

Two white bowls of Portuguese fennel soup with spoons resting inside and crusty bread on the side.

Portuguese Fennel Soup

Fennel soup, or sopa de funcho in Portuguese, is a staple in Madeira and the Azores Islands. This recipe is full of fennel, pork, sausage, cabbage, and beans.