Pam Kemp, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Pam Kemp has tested.

Pam Kemp

Pamela Kemp is a full-time IT Project manager, accomplished home cook, and self-proclaimed “foodie,” who has studied worldwide under famous chefs as well as talented home cooks. She has taught cooking classes at a local community college and shared her skills during charity events. She is a trained judge for the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) and the World Food Championships (WFC).

She started cooking with her grandmothers at an early age, learning family recipes. Her inspiration came from many sources, including Julia Child, whom her Hot Pink charcoal grill is named after.

In 2021, she entered ‘food sport’ by competing in a local SCA event as well as qualifying to compete in the 2021 World Food Championship in Dallas. She has also earned acclaim among her family and friends for her candy, cookie, and pastry creations. Her culinary accomplishments include winning ribbons in multiple county fairs, including Grand Champion ribbons.

Pam grew up in Illinois, USA, and is a lifelong resident there. She is also an avid gardener, floral designer, paper crafter, and cookbook collector.

A white oval platter holding a bowl of dill dip with potato chips beside it.

Dill Dip with Potato Chips

This dip is creamy for sure, but it’s really all about the dill. Loads of fresh, green, herby dill. As much as we love potato chips, try it on everything.

Diamond-shaped pieces of walnut baklava, topped with chopped pistachios.

Walnut Baklava

In the Eastern Mediterranean, each individual has an idea of what makes the perfect baklava. This unconventional approach relies on blitzed raisins and citrus syrup. If you’re looking for perfect, this just might be it.

A glass bowl filled with dumpling dipping sauce with pieces of scallion and cilantro floating in it and scattered around the jar.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

When you want something with more flavor than just soy sauce, let this dipping sauce liven up anything Asian-inspired. Grilled veg, seafood, potstickers, it’s all good.

Three chewy chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other with another leaning on the stack on a piece of parchment.

Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Craving chewy chocolate brownies? America’s Test Kitchen has a splendid version that’s got some seriously amped-up flavor.

A baking tray with three slices of fromage fort.

Fromage Fort by Jacques Pépin

Jacques Pepin’s family recipe for cheese is a frugal approach to using scraps of cheese that’s a very traditional French thing. A delicious, boozy, cheesy, French thing.

IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Real-deal IKEA meatballs without having to leave the house. Consider it comfort food with no Allen key required.

A copper pot filled with mashed potatoes with crème fraîche and a masher resting inside.

Mashed Potatoes With Crème Fraîche

These delicately flavored, lush and silky mashed potatoes with tangy crème fraîche have already become a dinner table favorite. And they’re on the table in under 45 minutes.