Merlyn Cafaro, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Merlyn Cafaro has tested.

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.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 5 M
  • 0
Pieces of bourbon buttermilk fried chicken on a metal background.

Bourbon Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Yes, bourbon-inflected fried chicken. It’s in the brine. And oh, baby, are you gonna wish you’d been doing this all your life.

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  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2 D, 4 H
  • 0
Four roast chicken thighs with lemon in a cast-iron skillet set on a wooden board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Roast Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender, juicy meat. And pan juices you’re gonna wanna sop up or soak up rather than let a drop go to waste.

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  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Squares of chocolate chip brownies on a white marble surface.

Chocolate Chip Brownies

Slightly sweet, fudgy, and full of bittersweet chocolatey goodness. Certain to satisfy both the kid and the grown-up in your house—and in you.

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  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 20 M
  • 4
A glass jar half-filled with basic vinaigrette with measuring spoons, a shallot, and two garlic cloves on the side.

Basic Vinaigrette

Because, actually, yes, it is sometimes essential to have precise measurements to create even the simplest recipes. Here’s proof.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A half-full jar of honey barbecue sauce with a spoon dripping excess sauce back into the jar.

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Pantry ingredients and barely any effort yield you something that’s sweetly tangy and spicy that you’ll want to slather on ribs, wings, pulled pork, smoked or grilled chicken, burgers…

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
A metal bowl with handles filled with seasoned perfect French fries.

Perfect French Fries

We’re not kidding about these being perfect French fries. We’re also not going to lie to you. Perfection takes time. We swear it’s worth the wait.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 3
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.

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  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0