Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Lou Ann Traster has tested.

A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

A rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And it’s still impressive. Pretty easy math.

A white bowl filled with peach, burrata, and basil salad.

Peach, Burrata, and Basil Salad

Peachy keen takes on new meaning with this little stunner of a starter or, if you’re like us and have a hard time restraining yourself, your entire dinner. Summer personified.

An oval platter topped with Greek salad - sliced cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, peppers, and feta cheese.

Greek Salad

As easy and traditional as classic Greek salad. But with a subtle twist that’s gonna have you coming back to this recipe again and again and again.

Four scoops of blueberry frozen yogurt in a wooden bowl with a spoon resting beside it.

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No sugar. No creepy preservatives. Nothing but blueberries, plain yogurt, honey, lemon juice, purple smiles, and requests for seconds.

Five jars of jam, two apricot and three strawberry rhubarb jam, with some wildflowers.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

This small-batch refrigerator jam from the famed Sarabeth’s Bakery takes barely any effort and just half an hour. And simply stash it in the fridge. No canning required.

Pieces of fruit crostata with crumb topping, each filled with different fruit, lined up next to each other on a marble surface.

Fruit Crostata with Crumb Topping

Streusel and a jammy filling of fresh fruits are a quick and lush summer dessert. Make it ahead for your next barbecue or for a Sunday brunch and use up whatever fruit you have on hand.

Seven squares of raspberry cheesecake brownies on a metal sheet pan.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

A swoon-inducing collision of creamy cheesecake, cakey brownie, and sweetly tart raspberries. Sorta makes you want to stop reading and start baking, yeah?

Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tar Heel Pie ~ Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich chocolate brownie pie filling is impossibly fudgy, so much so it’s simply too gooey to consume out of hand

A person assembling a taco with a plate of tofu adobo, a bowl of green sauce, and a bowl of rice with peas on the table.

Tofu Adobo

If you’re not already familiar with the sorta-but-not-too-fiery sauce known as adobo, trust us, you’re going to want to slather it on everything. Even tofu.

A round blue dish filled with white bean dip, with some spread on crostini scattered around the bowl and a small dish of olives on the side.

White Bean Dip

Essentially a milder, smoother, awesome-er riff on traditional hummus, this white bean dip is gonna make you like eating healthy.