Melissa Moran, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Melissa Moran has tested.

A tray of s'mores brownies with a spatula resting inside and several brownies missing.

S’mores Brownies

Chewy, gooey, and chocolatey, these crackly topped brownies buried beneath slightly charred marshmallow are the ideal balance of cakey, fudgy, and nostalgia-inducing messiness.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 14
Five classic brioche rolls on a wire rack, three in metal tins, two removed from the tins.

Brioche

Sure, you could traipse to a bakery and buy brioche rather than make them yourself. But where’s the satisfaction in that?

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 13
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.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 2 H
  • 14
Chunks of roasted strawberries on a sheet of parchment.

Roasted Strawberries

Whether you have unripe berries, overripe berries, or an abundance of the season’s most fragrant berries, say hello to your sweetly sticky solution.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 17
One glass dish of orange flan on a lace tablecloth

Spanish Orange Flan

Made from just three ingredients, this classic flan is ridiculously easy to toss together. A tangy, rich, creamy coda to a luxe dinner or a simple brunch.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 9 H
  • 2
Roasted bias-cut carrots on a rimmed sheet pan

Roasted Carrots with Allspice

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. And a touch puckery. When did anything–or anyone–at your table boast such character? Certain to compensate for your duller dinner invitees.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Three ancho short rib tacos on flour tortillas, topped with pickled red onion and cilantro.

Ancho Short Rib Tacos

This may seem an improbable melding of short ribs and anchos and red wine. Authentic Mexican? Nah. Worth making? Heck yeah.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 8
Quick Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Quick Blender Hollandaise

This quickie hollandaise has all the luxuriant loveliness of the classic sauce yet comes together in just five minutes. Ideal for entertaining. Or the unabashedly lazy.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 8