Paula D., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Paula D. has tested.

An open jar of refrigerator sweet pickles with the lid lying beside the jar.

Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

A Scandinavian-style pickle that’s distinctly sweet, just a little sour, and subtly perfumed with dill. So simple it doesn’t even require turning on the stove during the dog days of summer.

  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 8
A white bowl filled with matzo ball soup and sprinkled with dill

Matzo Ball Soup

We’ve spent years seeking the perfect matzo ball soup. At last we found it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
Seven crispy rakakat (Turkish cigars) on a parchment-lined white plate

Turkish Cigars

A classic middle Eastern mezze that’s crisp phyllo on the outside, blissfully melty halloumi and feta on the inside with parsley for some semblance of healthiness. Easy to juggle with a glass of wine in hand.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
Cast iron skillet with white bean shakshuka--whit beans, tomatoes, feta cheese, eggs, and parsley

White Bean Shakshuka

An already soul-satisfying Middle Eastern classic made even more enticing thanks to the addition of white beans and charred vegetables.

  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 2
A woman with a Vitamix filled with spinach, mango, and milk

How to Make a Perfect Smoothie

It doesn’t take an engineering degree to make a decent smoothie. Although it does take a little know-how to make one that makes you want to drink your veggies. Here’s how.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A swirled gingerbread Bundt cake with a lemon glaze on top, all on wire rack over a sheet pan

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This gingerbread Bundt cake has all the warm spicy goodness of gingerbread cookies. As if that weren’t enough, it’s gilded with a sassy and sweetly tart lemon glaze.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 10
Two bowls of ginger miso soup with tofu, turnip greens, and miso broth

Ginger Miso Soup

Straight-shooting, simple, and soothing, this light and simple soup is going to be your new best friend come cold season.

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A yellow bowl of cowboy caviar--black-eyed peas, corn, red onion, tomato, red and yellow pepper by Dorie Greenspan

Cowboy Caviar Salad

Eating healthy was never so easy—or mingled so nicely with tortilla chips and beer.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Cooked slices of maple sriracha bacon in a glass

Maple Sriracha Bacon

Maple Sriracha bacon isn’t just the title of this simple recipe, it’s the ingredient list as well. Which means you probably already have everything you need on hand.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A clay bowl filled with butter, parsley, red onion, lemon zest, orange zest, and salt

Parsley Garlic Butter

Parsley garlic butter. Easy to make. Always worth having on hand. And is a packed with flavor.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Casserole dish of acquacotta maremmana, a thick, slow-cooked stew of vegetables, poured over a slice of stale bread with poached eggs on top

Acquacotta

Acquacotta. It may become your new favorite word after you take a taste of it. Sorta like shakshuka, it’s Italian bread soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially tomatoes, onions, and chiles gilded with poached eggs and a little Parmesan.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Five unwrapped and a pile of wrapped apple cider caramels.

Apple Cider Caramels

The 8th wonder of the world? These insanely satiating caramels made simply with apple cider, sugar, and spice.

  • 25 M
  • 4 H
  • 2
A black platter with several grilled chicken tacos with fruit salsa, a few cherry tomatoes, and a wooden board with cut chicken, halved plums, and queso fresco.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Fruit Salsa

When you face the inevitable glut of ripe stone fruits you couldn’t resist at the market, you’re going to want these grilled chicken tacos with fruit salsa at the top of your list.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 6 H
  • 0