Janet Taylor McCracken

Over the past 20 years, Janet McCracken has served as an editor, story creator, recipe developer, and recipe tester at a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Food and Wine. She believes in the Zen of pie-making, that ice cream is the perfect food, and that sharing a meal with family and friends is the finest way to spend any part of the day. She lives in Connecticut.
The Easiest Way to Make a Tart Shell — No Tart Pan Required
Try this simple trick for quick and easy tarts.
Jul 27, 2022
I Tried 4 Popular Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipes and the Winner Is My New Go-To
Dorie does it again!
May 20, 2022
I Tried Dorie Greenspan's Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and They're Practically Perfe
Dorie does it again!
May 19, 2022
Preppy Kitchen's Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Are Bakery-Worthy
They taste as good as they look.
May 18, 2022
These Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Cook’s Illustrated Are Giving Me '90s Vibes
It's all about the muffin tops.
May 17, 2022
Domestic Rebel’s Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Are Small but Mighty Tasty
For serious lemon-lovers only.
May 17, 2022
Zingerman’s Bakeshop Tunisian Orange and Olive Oil Cake
Olive oil, an orange, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds team up in this tasty dessert.
Feb 28, 2022
This New Gadget Makes Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites (Only Better)
It's also pretty darn cute.
Sep 28, 2020
We Tried the $7 Gadget That Hard-Boils Eggs Without Their Shells
Can these silicone cookers make perfect hard-boiled eggs with smooth-edged whites? We ran some tests to find out!
Feb 24, 2020
I Tried Every As-Seen-on-TV Egg Gadget — And Actually Really Liked 3 of Them
I'm as surprised as you are!
Feb 22, 2020
We Tried the $50 Pizza Oven That Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed With
We didn't love it for all pizzas, but we did like it for something else!
Feb 19, 2020
I Tried the $18 Nonstick Pan That’s All Over TV — Here’s What I Thought
Too good to be true? I certainly thought so! So, I ordered one and ran some tests.
Feb 9, 2020
We Tried a Dozen of Those Microwave Popcorn Poppers — This Is the One We Liked Best
It got our vote — for a few reasons!
Feb 5, 2020
We Tested Nearly a Dozen Microwave Bacon Cookers
And actually really liked two of them!
Jan 23, 2020
I Rediscovered My Grandma’s Rotary Beater and Now I Use It All the Time
"Using it makes me feel closer to my food and closer to my late grandma."
Jan 20, 2020
This Retro $6 Gadget Is the Key to Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Click here if the jammy-ness of your eggs is important to you.
Jan 13, 2020
The Baked Potato Gadget We Wanted to Love
But didn't.
Jan 7, 2020