Monica M., Recipe Tester

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

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

Galician 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.

  • (4)
  • 45 M
  • 13 H
  • 51
Three pieces of grape focaccia on a wooden board.

Grape Focaccia

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
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.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 10
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. Who loves you?!

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 0
An elaborately decorated gingerbread house

How To Make A Gingerbread House

Knowing how to make a gingerbread house entirely from scratch may not have been on your bucket list, but it’s not nearly as complicated as you would imagine. Here’s how to make the Brothers Grimm proud.

  • (1)
  • 2 H
  • 4 H
  • 2
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.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Pie Crust S'mores

Pie Crust S’mores

Pie crust s’mores, you ask? They’re simply the little scraps of pastry that you might otherwise toss in the trash—heaven forbid!—but instead put to lovely, gooey, chocolate-smothered goodness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 0