Jo Ann Brown, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jo Ann Brown has tested.

A two-handle bowl of seafood gumbo on a piece of wood.

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood gumbo loaded with shrimp, such as this classic Cajun recipe, screams for a cold beer and a lazy weekend afternoon dedicated to nothing but cooking.

  • (6)
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H, 15 M
  • 58
Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Turnovers. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us. And oh, do they. With a Jamaican accent, no less.

  • (2)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
A bowl of congee garnished with scallions and freshly ground black pepper with some fritters on the side.

Congee | Jok Plaw

A simple, silken rice porridge that’s certain to soothe and salve the soul—especially those souls afflicted with a sore throat or a queasy tummy.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 2 H
  • 12
A white bowl filled with lentil soup and topped with fried chiles, greek yogurt, and cilantro

Moroccan Lentil Soup

“Amazing.” “Wonderful.” “Warm satisfaction.” “Won the make-it-again award.” “Easy.” “Quick.” That’s what we’re hearing about this luxuriously satiating soup.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
A cast-iron baking dish filled with fennel baked in cream on a wooden board.

Fennel Baked in Cream

Fennel turns meltingly tender and oh so sweet when slowly, slowly, slowly braised in cream, cheese, and butter. One more reason to be enamored with the holidays.

  • (4)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 14
A spoonful of sweet potato soufflé topped with brown sugar and pecan topping resting in a white bowl.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

Not entirely unlike the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole of your childhood, this “souffle” is ever so slightly more sophisticated with its pecan streusel.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
A cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • (7)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 53
An oval gratin dish filled with butternut squash gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

“One of the best things I’ve EVER made.” “Beautiful.” “Comforting.” “Delicious.” “Easy.” That’s what folks are saying about this simple and satiating casserole.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 10
A pistachio lover's pound cake on a wooden cutting board with a mesh bag of pistachios beside it.

Pistachio Pound Cake

Not too sweet and not too dense, this honeyed pistachio pound cake is just right—and just large enough to share.

  • (5)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 61
A pile of Cajun fried chicken pieces.

Cajun Fried Chicken

Bathed in buttermilk and spiced ever so slightly, this Cajun-style fried hen is memorably moist inside, superlatively crisp outside, and gosh darn perfect through and through.

  • (5)
  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 23
A yellow Dutch oven filled with white bean and chicken chili, topped with pieces of bacon.

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Stop your scoffing. This may not be conventional chili, but it’s no sissy imposter. It’s just a little subtler, soupier, and smokier.

  • (3)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
A stock pot filled with mushrooms, leeks, garlic, onion, carrots, and parsley for making roast chicken stock.

Roast Chicken Stock

Sure, made-from-scratch stock like grandma used to make is frugal beyond belief. But wait till you see what it does for your cooking.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 6 H
  • 2