Maria Peplowski, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Maria Peplowski has tested.

Lemon and Thyme Risotto

Lemon and Thyme Risotto

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

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 15
Applesauce Bread

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.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 20
Pasta Puttanesca

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.

  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
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.

  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 23
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 1
Homemade 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.

  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 10
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
Challah

Challah

As buttery and airy as brioche but with a far weightier responsibility than its breakfast chum, challah ensures a sweet new year in Jewish tradition. We’ll break bread to that.

  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 12
Corn and Green Tomato Salad

Corn and Green Tomato Salad

For this salad, fresh corn, green tomatoes, and red onion are tossed in a refreshing Champagne vinaigrette. All hail summer!

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Pound of Chocolate Cake

Pound of Chocolate Cake

True to its name, this dense, brownie-like cake takes its allure from a full pound of chocolate. A hint of cocoa lends even more chocolatey complexity.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H, 10 M
  • 9
Coconut Creme Brulee

Coconut Crème Brûlée Tart

This luscious, silken, gently flavored coconut tart is topped with a delicate burnt-sugar crust that shatters when sliced.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 3 H, 45 M
  • 2
Jam Tartlets

Jam Tartlets

These jam tartlets are a mouthful of surprises: crisp, buttery crust, tangy jam, and sweet, crumbly streusel. Serve them as a snack or picnic fare.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 3 H, 55 M
  • 11
Four bowls filled with chopped chicken and vegetables all topped with golden crusts

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

These pot pies are the ultimate comfort food. Any why not? Creamy chicken and vegetable filling lies in wait beneath a thyme-infused buttery crust.

  • 2 H, 20 M
  • 4 H
  • 7