Paula D., Recipe Tester

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

A plate of seared scallops with grilled sweet corn salad, sliced red onion, and watercress.

Scallops with Grilled Sweet Corn Salad

Sweet sea scallops jumbled with even sweeter summer corn piled atop peppery greens. Simple. Virtuous. And satiating in a way most salads aspire to be but, sadly, are not.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Three and a half quick dill pickles, dill seed, and a sprig of dill on a decorative white plate.

Quick Dill Pickles

Or, as we like to say, quickles. And we mean quick not just in terms of how little time they take to make. But also in terms of how quickly they’ll disappear as you’re blissing out on them.

  • (2)
  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 10
A mason jar mostly filled with pickled cherries, pickling liquid, star anise, and a cinnamon stick.

Pickled Cherries

An easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season that’s tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly irresistible.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 16
8 crescent-shape blueberry fried pies with Meyer lemon drizzle sauce nearby all on a piece of slate

Blueberry Hand Pies

Love in pastry-encased incarnation. Simply envelope fruit filling in pie crust and fry until golden and crisp outside, bubbling and lovely inside. Deep-frying phobes, it’s easy as can be. Swear.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8
A whole strawberry ice cream pie in a fluted tart pan.

Strawberry Ice Cream Pie

How to turn store-bought ice cream into an impressive summer dessert in minutes. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 2 H
  • 0
A white mug of chicken stock

Microwave Chicken Stock

That’s right. Chicken stock or broth in the microwave. Easy. Inexpensive. And done in 10 minutes. Wowsa, right?!

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
A dish of macaroni au gratin on a white paper napkin on a white plate with a stack of plates beside it.

Macaroni Au Gratin

So magnificently and outrageously incredible that folks have literally applauded it at the dinner table. Swear. Easy enough for weeknights. Elegant enough for impressing guests.

  • (3)
  • 40 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
Two loaves of artisan bread and a jar of Campari citrus marmalade, with a slice of bread smeared with the marmalade on a wooden cutting board.

Campari Citrus Marmalade

A little sweeter (and a lot more vibrant) than traditional English marmalade thanks to the notable presence and complexity of the classic Italian apéritif. Here’s how to make it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 3 H
  • 5 H
  • 0
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2