Merlyn Cafaro, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Merlyn Cafaro has tested.

A white plate topped with chunky ranch-style home fries topped with a fried egg.

Chunky Ranch-Style Home Fries

Just like what you’d find at your local diner. Swear. Just simple ingredients cooked slow and patiently until they’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and tempting through and through.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 0
A bowl of chili con carne with beans, topped with cheese, scallions, and chips, with a spoon, a cutting board, and bowls of toppings on the side.

Chili con Carne with Beans

Inspired by Kevin’s chili con carne on The Office (and we’ve all been binging that on Neftlix, yeah?), this recipe from Binging with Babish is one you’ll want to make again and again and…

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  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 0
Three stacks of chewy molasses cookies on a white marble cake stand.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

The holidays incarnate. That’s what these cookies are to us. They’re magnificently and traditionally spiced and are crinkly and chewy. All in the best possible sort of way.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
A loaf of pumpkin bread in a metal loaf pan.

Pumpkin Bread

A quick bread that pretty much captures the essence of autumn with a sigh-inducingly, knee-wobblingly inviting aroma and compelling blend of sweet spices. Idyllic? Heck yeah.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 2
A tied roast pork with crushed grapes in a roasting pan.

Roast Pork with Crushed Grapes

An elegant yet easy approach to roast pork that draws on iconic autumn flavors. And it’s as affordable as it is impressive.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 15 H, 5 M
  • 0
A loaf of garlic bread, cut into deep slices and covered in garlic butter on a piece of aluminum foil.

Garlic Bread

A handful of ingredients, 15 minutes of your time, and this recipe and you’ll be reminded of just how incomparable properly made homemade garlic bread can actually be.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
An oval serving dish filled with caramelized onion pasta and two large serving spoons nestled into it.

Caramelized Onion Pasta

It’s quite possible that you already have everything you need for this inexpensive godsend of a pasta supper that tastes far fancier than you’d imagine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
Roasted potatoes with dill on a baking sheet.

Roasted Potatoes with Dill

A handful of cheap ingredients. The exact perfect temperature and timing. And a little patience, please, while spuds are elevated from simple to stellar.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 4