Melissa D., Recipe Tester

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

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.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6