Liz Tarpy, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Liz Tarpy has tested.

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.

A pot of smooth mashed potatoes--made with plenty of butter, cream--with a wooden spoon and pat of butter on top

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato purée owes its uber velvetiness to truly indecent amounts of butter and cream. And we mean that in the best possible way.

Cauliflower bacon gratin in a large green rectangular baking dish with melted cheese.

Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin

This cauliflower gratin recipe from Dorie Greenspan is French comfort food, yet it wouldn’t be out of place on a distinctly American Thanksgiving table.

A white casserole dish with a roasted, spiced chicken it in, flanked by a dish of avocado salad and a bowl of lime wedges.

Peruvian Roast Chicken

This anything-but-boring bird borrows its Peruvian accent from a technicolor dream coat of paprika, lemon, garlic, and cumin.

Close up of a pile of zucchini slaw with carrots, squash, and bell peppers, sprinkled with parsley. 2 forks in the background.

Zucchini Slaw Two Ways

Never give zucchini away again with these equally tempting yet uniquely different slaws. You get to choose—rich and creamy or tart and sweet.

A lamb burger on half a bun topped with grilled Spanish onions.

Lamb Burger ~ Bifteki Arniou

Definitely a nonconformist, this beauty of a burger melds lamb, pork, grilled onion, mustard, parsley, dill, fennel, cumin, lemon, and scallion. We dare you.

A white oval casserole filled with asparagus, egg and cheese strata--bread, Fontina cheese, eggs, prosciutto, and asparagus

Asparagus, Egg, and Cheese Strata

Given that its overnight rest INSISTS you make this simple strata ahead of time, it sorta screams for a lazy Sunday or Christmas morning, don’t you think?

Two plates topped with stir-fried cauliflower and garnished with cilantro.

Stir-Fried Cauliflower ~ Bong Cai Xao

The complex, almost caramelized taste of this sweetly savory side illustrates just why the last few years have seen a resurgence in respect for cauliflower.

A light-blue gravy boat filled with svelte green goddess dip

Svelte Green Goddess Dip

This evocatively named dip isn’t the same as the one of yore. It’s got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.

An open face egg salad sandwich on toasted whole wheat.

Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

We know. You already have an egg salad sandwich recipe. But trust us, it’s nothing like this one, which is whoppingly old school in taste, blissfully healthful in every other way.

A wooden bowl filled with tom yum goong soup with mushrooms, lemongrass, shrimp, and cilantro in a broth.

Tom Yum Goong Soup

The lilt of lemongrass. The sour smack of tamarind. The warm-your-belly pervasiveness of galangal. The unmistakable funk of fish sauce. All in this exquisitely authentic soup.

Sweet potato wedges piled on a white serving platter.

Sweet Potato Wedges

These subtly spiced, lightly crisped sweet potato wedges will have everyone clamoring for more–and, we dare say, no one guessing they’re healthful.

Cheddar-Parmesan crackers on a black wire rack with a few on a black oval plate beside the rack.

Cheddar-Parmesan Crackers

Who knew that making your own crackers could be so easy?! This dough is a cinch to work with although the results disappear rather frighteningly quickly when there’s wine involved.

A grilled sausage sandwich with strips of grilled zucchini, red onion, and a herb mayo on a silver plate with a knife resting beside it.

Grilled Sausage Sandwich

Enough indulgence to satisfy. Enough grilled vegetables to bring some semblance of healthfulness. Thank us later.

A wire basket lined with a napkin and filled with bacon Cheddar biscuits.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

These Southern-style biscuits are just the thing for almost any occasion. Go on, we dare you. Try to think of a time you wouldn’t want them. (See what we mean?!)

A close up of a white bowl filled with New England bouillabaisse for one.

New England Bouillabaisse for One

Sometimes you want a lovely little pot of seafood all to yourself. This clever take on a French classic takes no more than 30 minutes and is designed for exactly those times.

A bowl of congee garnished with scallions and freshly ground black pepper with some fritters on the side.

Congee ~ Jok Plaw

A simple, silken rice porridge that’s certain to soothe and salve the soul—especially those souls afflicted with a sore throat or a queasy tummy.

Oval pan with cumin-scented carrots sprinkled with chopped chives, orange zest, and pepper

Cumin-Scented Carrots

This goes-with-anything veggie side relies on pantry staples, comes together in 10 minutes, makes minimal cleanup, and may just lower your husband’s cholesterol. You’re welcome.