Merlyn Cafaro, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Merlyn Cafaro has tested.

Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know when you taste something and can’t help but pause and sigh with content? This subtly sweet lemon cake does that to us each and every darn time.

  • (10)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 32
A porcelain bowl filled with shepherd's pie and topped with potatoes, onions, and cheddar

Shepherd’s Pie with Caramelized Onions and Cheddar

Let us introduce you to the most Googled recipe of 2019. No, it doesn’t have cauliflower. And it’s certainly not keto. It’s a not-quite-classic shepherd’s pie gilded with sweetly caramelized onions and smothered with Cheddar. To heck with tradition.

  • (4)
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 13
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 you.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 20 M
  • 0
A wheel of brie cheese baked pastry, on top is a dollop of apricot preserves

Baked Brie en Croûte

Store-bought puff pastry makes this elegant baked Brie a cinch to pull off. (But that can be our little secret.)

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A tangle of white wine linguine on a white plate, topped with Parmesan.

White Wine Linguine

Elegant yet exceedingly simple, this white wine linguine beguiles with its rich and silken flavor despite the absence of cream and only a touch of butter.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A white bowl with carne assada--braised beef with carrots, potatoes, and Portuguese sausage, chouriço

Portuguese Carne Assada

A traditional Azorean dish that boasts meltingly tender oven-braised beef, potatoes, chouriço, and onions. It’s a rustic, homey, Sunday supper sorta dish from David’s VERY Portuguese mom.

  • (2)
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6 H, 30 M
  • 10
Five baked cinnamon-pecan apples in a glass baking dish.

Baked Apples With Cinnamon and Pecans

Sorta like apple pie without the crust, this simple autumn dessert comes together with absolute ease…and will earn you quite a lot of accolade.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0
A platter with several crab cake burgers topped with tomato in a soft roll.

Crab Cake Burgers

Fresh crab necessitates only Old Bay and very little in way of other ingredients. That’s exactly what you’ll find here.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 0