Editorial director of magazines John “Doc” Willoughby, center, plates up a piece of buttermilk pie prepared by Cook’s Country test cook Cristin Walsh, right, as senior editor Bryan Roof, left, looks on. If the dessert gets a thumbs-up from Doc in this test, it is deemed ready for publication, and can be sent out to be surveyed with readers. (Want to know what Doc thought? Spoiler alert: look for the recipe in an upcoming issue of Cook’s Country.)
Arriving at the best version of a recipe is no piece of cake.