Jo Ann Brown, Recipe Tester

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

A yellow bowl filled with strawberry ice cream.

Strawberry Ice Cream

The tempered sweetness of this spectacular strawberry ice cream relies on in-season strawberries rather than obscene amounts of sugar for flavor.

  • (5)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 20
Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
Pot filled with pastina with butter and milk and a wooden spoon all on a towel

Pastina With Butter and Milk

We’ve got stars in our eyes…and our bowls…and our spoons. All thanks to pastina, the teensy star-shaped pasta that just may make the cutest supper in the solar system.

  • (7)
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 65
Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

Grilled Artichokes

Simple and stunning. That’s what we expect outta any side that we pull off the grill. These artichokes deliver all that—and then some.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
A white serving bowls filled with smashed potatoes and garnished with thyme sprigs on a wooden board.

Smashed Potatoes

Before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Do I need another mashed potato recipe?” we suggest you try these simple, sinful, pleasingly chunky smashed spuds. The answer, you’ll find, is yes.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
Two white bowls filled with red posole with pieces of tortilla and lime wedges on the side.

Red Posole ~ Pozole Rojo

In Nahuatl, pozole means “make a big batch of this on the weekend and reheat during the week after soccer practice.” (Not really.)

  • (5)
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 28
A pepper and egg sandwich on a wooden table with pieces of pepper and onion falling out.

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Just like mom made. That’s what we’re hearing from folks who grew up hoovering this classic, quick, easy, cheap Italian staple any and all times of day.

  • (6)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 22
A cast-iron skillet filled with a cooked sweet potato cornbread with two pats of butter on top and a dish of butter pats beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

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

  • (12)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 65
A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.

  • (2)
  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
  • 14