Maria Peplowski, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Maria Peplowski has tested.

A white bowl filled with farfelle with fresh salmon is nested inside another white bowl with a carafe and glass of red wine in the background.

Farfalle with Fresh Salmon

So what if salmon isn’t from Italy? Cookbook author Giuliano Hazan is and he says to toss chunks of the rich fish with pasta, tomatoes, and cream. We’ll happily oblige.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 14
White bowl with ziti and a pasta puttanesca sauce

Pasta Puttanesca

Just like the women for whom it’s named, this pasta puttanesca recipe is edgy, spicy, and more than a little sassy. Gets the job done in a hurry, too.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
A stack of five lemon, thyme, and sea-salt shortbreads on a wooden board with a dish of sea salt and a lemon beside them.

Thyme, Lemon, and Sea Salt Shortbread

More savory than sweet, these shortbread go magnificently with booze of any sorts, from the most genteel of cocktails to your go-to wine from the corner store.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 7
A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. And thank goodness for that—or rather, thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y quick bread.

  • (17)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 52
A waxed paper bag filled with caramel popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

A baseball classic. Although our take on classic caramel corn is somewhat more delicate and buttery than the stale sort found at the ball park–and won’t last longer than an inning.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 10
A white bowl filled with risotto and topped with a sprig of thyme and some lemon zest

Lemon and Thyme Risotto

A lilt of lemon and hints of thyme dance throughout this simple risotto. The best they’ve ever tasted.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 19
Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

These beauties aren’t unlike classic sugar cookies in terms of ease and appeal. They’re just a little richer and a lot less expected.

  • (6)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 25
Pomegranate Walnut Relish

Pomegranate Walnut Relish

This stunning little sauce comes together with ease, imparting a vibrant sweet-tart-crunchiness to practically anything you can think to bestow it upon.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 1
Apple Sorbet

Apple Sorbet with Ginger

Pretty in pink is this lovely sorbet, thanks to the inclusion of the entire apple, blush red peel included, as well as a little Geürztraminer for sweet sophistication.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 2