Melissa D., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Melissa D. has tested.

Six salmon cakes on rectangular platters with bowls of avocado spread and chimichurri beside.

Salmon Cakes

Looking to elevate canned salmon beyond recognition? Maybe banish all recollections (nightmares?!) of Lenten Fridays from childhood? Here’s your answer.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A blue and white platter filled with couscous salad with fennel and almonds with a torn baguette and a couple of glasses of white wine beside it.

Couscous Salad with Fennel and Almonds

You could, of course, serve couscous plain. But why?! Makes little sense when you can quickly and easily toss in almonds and lemon and tuna and shaved fennel and literally be astounded.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A pastrami burger with Russian dressing and iceberg lettuce.

Pastrami Burgers with Russian Dressing

A make-at-home version of your fave diner-style burger but with the added smokiness from just the blissful amount of chopped pastrami mixed in with the beef.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with soft peanut butter cookies.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

We’ll demolish almost any version of peanut butter cookies. But these, with their slightly crisp edges and oh-so-soft, melt-in-your-mouth center, are among the best we’ve ever experienced.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
A panettone studded with dried fruit on a silver platter with a couple of wedges cut from it.

Panettone

Panettone, which makes its traditional Italian Christmas appearance, is gussied up here with any dried fruit you fancy. An ever so slight twist on a classic.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 5 H
  • 2
Three of Shirley's mile-high popovers.

Mile-High Popovers

Shirley Corriher, the doyenne of all things food science, divulges her foolproof secrets to gloriously golden and puffy popovers.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 7
Skillet on a grill filled with eggplant caponata--chopped eggplant, onions, fennel, onions, almonds, basil

Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant, celery, fennel, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and pine nuts, oh my! Sicilian heaven in the form of a pleasingly tart side dish of sorts.

  • (6)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 16