Lisa Ward, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lisa Ward has tested.

A plate of roasted Brussels sprouts with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar splashing down on it

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

“They will make converts of Brussels sprouts haters and Brussels sprouts lovers will scarf them down like candy!” That’s what we’re hearing about these lovely little crucifers. We couldn’t agree more.

  • (3)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 6
Three scoops of mango gelato in a bowl with a silver spoon and a whole mango beside it.

Mango Gelato

Got a mere 20 minutes? If so, you’ve got all it takes to merge the vibrant sweetness of mango with all the indulgence of gelato. 

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 55 M
  • 10
A stack of several oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire paddle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and (sorta) wholesome through and through, these are a revelatory riff on the classic.

  • (4)
  • 25 M
  • 40 M
  • 30
A square pan and two plates filled with Mississippi mud cake.

Mississippi Mud Cake

A Southern staple, this ooey, gooey chocolate cake wears a proper topper of melted marshmallowy goodness. Takes us back to the good old days of 50s era cakes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A pork loin roast with paprika on a foil tray

Pork Loin Roast with Paprika

This simple weeknight supper recipe requires only that you rub some spices on a hunk of pork, shove it in the oven, and not forget about it.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 12 H
  • 6
A gold-rimmed white plate topped with a serving of walnut parsley pesto pasta.

Walnut Parsley Pesto Pasta

Fast, easy, inexpensive, and you probably have all the ingredients at home. Did we mention delicious?

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A loaf of beer bread with a slice cut off on a wooden surface.

Beer Bread

Beer bread just got fancy. Well, sorta. It’s still quick and easy and incredibly difficult to stop noshing. This one just seems a little more lovely than most. And we betcha already have everything you need to make it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4
A crock of beer cheese with a knife resting on top, and a mug of beer and piece of pretzel bun on the side.

Beer Cheese

A boozy cousin to pimento cheese, this beer cheese is essential entertaining fare during football season. And, actually, outside football season.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 25 M
  • 2
A jar of quick red chile adobo sauce with the lid and a spoon resting beside it.

Adobo Sauce

Perhaps best known as the earthy sauce bathing canned chipotle peppers, this Mexican staple is actually ridiculously versatile. And easy to make at home. Here’s how.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 19
A slice of banana rum cheesecake with maple rum sauce and pecan pieces on top and a marigold beside the cake.

Banana Rum Cheesecake

Make it regular or make it dairy-free and vegan. Either way, it’s going to be satisfying as can be.

  • (1)
  • 1 H
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 2