Monica M., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Monica M. has tested.

A frozen tub of plum sorbet, with a scoop of sorbet and some sugar cookies lying beside it.

Plum Sorbet

This plum sorbet is going to change your late-summer fruit strategy. And you don’t even need an ice cream maker. Now that’s easy and elegant.

A parchment lined loaf pan filled with partially frosted small batch brownies and a wire whisk on the side.

Small Batch Brownies

These small batch brownies make just enough batter to fill a loaf pan so you don’t have an entire baking pan hanging around all week tempting you. Ideal for just the two of you.

A bottle half-filled with vanilla syrup and a couple vanilla beans inside. A cork rests beside the bottle.

Vanilla Syrup

You’re going to want to drizzle, douse, and dribble this fragrant homemade vanilla syrup over and into and onto just about everything.

Three pieces of grape focaccia on a wooden board.

Grape Focaccia

A Tuscan tradition we learned from Italian winemakers that’s essentially flatbread baked with grapes that turn magnificently jammy and sweet and lovely.

Part of a loaf of pain de mie on a round wooden cutting board.

Pain de Mie

Characterized by its distinctly rectangular shape and, in true French form, buttery taste, this classic loaf is traditionally made in a Pullman pan although any old loaf pan can work.

A loaf of Galician rye bread with a slice cut off to show the airy texture.

Sourdough Rye Bread

It’s no longer difficult to find a decent loaf of proper rye bread. This homemade beauty is surprisingly easy to make, milder than most, and doesn’t require any yeast.

A slab of orange and brown swirled brownie

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

These pumpkin swirl brownies are just as outrageously rich as you’d expect thanks to pumpkin spice cheesecake colliding with a pan of chocolate fudge brownies.

A white and blue bowl filled with healthy avgolemono made with fish, rice, and lemon

Healthy Avgolemono Soup

Almost exactly like the classic Greek dish made with rice, lemon, and eggs. Except better. Not to mention healthier.

A lemon meringue pie topped with clouds of toasted meringue

Lemon Meringue Pie

An almost-but-not-quite-classic rendition of lemon meringue pie that’s a lot less effort than you’d expect. And more payback than you can imagine in terms of its perfectly balanced sweetly tart lemon custard.