Our All-Time Favorite Staff Recipes

The best part of our day: When platters of freshly cooked food come out of the test kitchen and onto the free-for-all table. After sampling so many tasty dishes, it was agonizing to pick just one. Not surprisingly (if you know our staff), desserts were the most popular choice.
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bacon wraps

BACON-WRAPPED CHESTNUT-STUFFED DATES

"I don't eat chestnuts, so I was surprised I liked this dish. Well, maybe not. I would eat anything with bacon." -- Joe Scarpulla, Production Director

 
Hush Puppies

HUSH PUPPIES

"If there's a hush puppy on the menu, I'm eating it. In my extensive research, I've never had one as crispy and flavorful as these. I fry a batch for the Super Bowl every year. They're perfect with cold beer." -- Stacy Adimando, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

 
Spicy Bacon Cheddar Butterflies

SPICY BACON-CHEDDAR BUTTERFLIES

"I served these at a cocktail party, and they were gone in minutes. I had no idea puff pastry was so easy." -- Diane Dragan, Online Executive Editor

 
Watermelon Cups with Feta Mint

WATERMELON CUPS WITH FETA AND MINT

"When I first moved into New York City, I made these for all my college friends for our first 'grown-up' dinner party." -- Mackenzie Craig, Assistant Photo Editor

 
Buenos Aires Hearts of Palm Salad

BUENOS AIRES HEARTS OF PALM SALAD

"I made this for an afternoon baby shower, and everyone raved. It's incredibly easy, and subtly exotic at the same time." -- Mai Hoang DeVore, Research Chief

 
Zucchini Parmeasan Salad

SHAVED ZUCCHINI-AND-PARMESAN SALAD

"I tried this recipe at our Oscar party photo shoot. I was surprised, because I hate zucchini, but the ribbons were light and crunchy, and I loved the extra kick of fresh shaved parmesan." -- Jaclyn Steinberg, Deputy Art Director

 
Zucchini Linguine

ZUCCHINI LINGUINE WITH CURRIED CASHEW PESTO

"The fact that this is a raw recipe is seriously icing on the cake. I made it for a dinner party of food professionals, and three people e-mailed me the next day asking for the recipe. Of course, I told them they would just have to wait until the issue came out. Longest three months of their lives!" -- Katie Barreira, Test Kitchen Associate

 
tacos

OPEN-FACE PORK TACOS

"I sent my mom this recipe to make for my sister's graduation party. When I arrived home to help her cook, I discovered she thought it called for two cans of adobe chili instead of two chopped chilies. I stopped her just in time. My aunt, brother and grandma all asked for the recipe." -- Nicole Cherie Jones, Assistant Editor

 
Green Giant Calzone

GO GREEN GIANT CALZONES

"My friends and I had been out all day and didn't want to make anything too complicated. These were easy to make, and I had most of the ingredients on hand. They came out really tasty." -- Michelle Druskinis, Junior Designer

 
bean salad

CHRISTMAS PASTA

"This recipe was printed in our very first issue, and the staff (all six of us) went crazy for it. The dish is rich, meaty and flavorful -- the perfect special-occasion pasta." -- Gina Hamadey, Senior Editor

 
sliced potatoes

MONTALCINO CHICKEN WITH FIGS AND BUTTERED GNOCCHI

"I made this at my son's house on a weekend. (This before we had our own test kitchen.) It was scrumptious, and I was pleased and proud to have my family sample a taste of our new magazine." -- Diana Sturgis, Test Kitchen Director

 
That's Shallotta Flavor Spaghetti

THAT'S SHALLOTTA FLAVOR SPAGHETTI

"Shallots always seem more special than onions, and this dish shows off the sweetness they add to savory dishes. Plus, once you follow this recipe, you never need to look at it again. I've made it numerous times for easy dinners at home and with friends during weekends away." -- Teri Tsang Barrett, Senior Food Editor

 
Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

RACH'S FAVORITE PASTA: SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO

"I tasted this on set, and it was so simple and so delicious. My husband loved it, too, and he's a total pasta snob!" -- Emily Furlani, Art Director

 
Fennel Onion Spaghetti

FENNEL-AND-ONION SPAGHETTI

"One chilly spring night, this dish took me out of my spaghetti-and-meatballs comfort zone and became one of my go-to comfort dinners. Fennel is one of my favorite flavors, and it pairs perfectly with the onion and endive." -- Elizabeth Herr, Copy Chief

 
Firecracker Enchiladas

FIRECRACKER ENCHILADAS

"I'm also a private chef for a family, and they often request these chipotle-chicken enchiladas. Lots of bold and spicy flavors!" -- Laura DePalma, Research Editor

 
Symbol of a Apron

RIDICULOUSLY EASY VEGETARIAN CHILI

"CNN Correspondent Candy Crowley shared this supereasy vegetarian recipe with the magazine. I've brought it to the office for lunch a few times, and staffers have asked me for the recipe!" -- Mona Mansour, Senior Copy Editor

 
Beef Cheddar  and Potato Pie

BEEF, CHEDDAR AND POTATO PIE

"I made this pie for my husband, Josh, and son, Sam, who told me it was the best meal I'd ever made. Josh does most of the cooking, so he was also pleased." -- Lisa Dalsimer, Photo Editor

 
Swedish Coffee Bread

SWEDISH COFFEE BREAD

"I couldn't figure out how to convert my original Swedish recipe to the American standard, so it was a blessing to find it in the magazine. My [Swedish] family was very impressed, and I now make it every year." -- Susanne Johansson, Designer

 
Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

CHOCOLATE PUDDING PARFAITS

"I have an 11-year-old with an enormous sweet tooth. That, combined with the fact that I'm a food editor at a food magazine, means I have to come to a school bake sale with something special. These are chocolate, they're individual servings -- but they're not cupcakes. Even teachers from other classes come by to snag one." -- Pamela Mitchell, Executive Food Editor

 
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES

"My mom and I made these for our annual holiday cookie exchange. The pumpkin smell filled the entire house, so my brother came downstairs to lick the bowl. The finished product was a success -- in my family and at the party." -- Cameron Curtis, Assistant Editor

 
Sticky Toffee Pudding

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

"The toffee sauce is reason enough. However, it's also my Brit boyfriend's favorite dessert, and I made it for his 25th birthday. Almost two years later, I realize I may have set the birthday-cake bar too high too early." -- Courtney Balestier, Senior Associate Editor

 
Chocolate topped bar

DULCE DE LECHE CHEESECAKE

"I made this for Thanksgiving, figuring a super-rich dessert is the only way to end a gut-busting meal!" -- Christina Stanley-Salerno, Executive Assistant to the Editor

 
Caramel Coconut Shortbread

CARAMEL-COCONUT SHORTBREAD

"My favorite cookie has always been (probably always will be) the Girl Scout Samoa. And this shortbread tastes like a gourmet version -- crumbly shortbread, gooey caramel, dark chocolate and coconut. I've brought these to potlucks and given them as a 'welcome to the building, neighbor' gift. Confession: I've won two cookie swap contests with them." -- Sonal Dutt, Executive Lifestyle Editor

 
Chocolate Cake

CHOCOLATE CAKE

"This cake is quick and easy, perfect for celebrating my husband's birthday when I was home on maternity leave." -- Valeria Bloom, Online Art Director

 
chocolate chip tiramisu cheese cake

CHOCOLATE CHIP TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE

"My 6-year-old, Sofie, helped me make this for Christmas at my mother-in-law's. I let her drizzle the chocolate on top, which turned into a crazy, Jackson Pollock-like mess, but she was so proud." -- Kim Gougenheim, Photo Director

 
Cheesecake Pumpkin Cupcake

CHEESECAKE-FILLED PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

"I tried them out the night my roommate and I decided to cook a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for 15 friends. It was the easiest recipe of the day, and everyone's favorite. It was only the second time I cooked for a large group, and everyone was begging me for the recipe." -- Allyson Dickman, Editorial Assistant

 
Cream Cheese Frosting

CLASSIC CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

"The recipe is classic, but it was the add-ins that made an indelible impression. The resulting stout beer frosting and earl grey frosting were delicious." -- Leah Holzel, Associate Food Editor

 
Caramel Apple Cupcakes

CARAMEL APPLE CUPCAKES

"These are the best things I have ever eaten. I made them as a treat after my daughters' first day of school. They loved them!" -- Barbara Hauley Kempe, Managing Editor

 

 

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