Merlyn Cafaro, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Merlyn Cafaro has tested.

A frosty, hollowed out lemon wih leaf, filled with pale lemon sorbet on a glass plate.

Sparkling Lemon Sorbet

A refreshing finish to dinner, or just to cleanse your palate, this sparkling sorbet is easy and utterly delish.

A baked fresh peach pie with three slices missing.

Fresh Peach Pie

“Best peach pie in the world!” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe. We’re not going to argue.

A bowl of German-style potato salad with a fork resting in it.

German-Style Potato Salad

Served warm and without mayo, you might not recognize this as your standby potato salad but let us implore you—just try it. It’s divine.

Three grilled lobster tails on an oval platter, garnished with chopped parsley.

Grilled Lobster

Grilled lobster tails are the summertime treat that you didn’t know you needed. Quick and easy, you’ll be surprised you didn’t think to do this before.

Two halves of a tuna salad sandwich stacked on top of each other with some sliced pickles on the side on a white oval plate.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Tuna fish sandwiches can be made with so many variations that there’s a version for everyone. Hank Shaw walks you through a few of his faves.

A white bowl filled with Portuguese carne assada -- braised beef, sausage, and carrots.

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.

Several slices of black bottom pecan pie next to a full black bottom pecan pie with a few forks scattered around.

Black Bottom Pecan Pie

Ovenly’s chocolate-enhanced rendition of a classic is a revelation with its melding of several different tempting dessert elements in a single incarnation.