Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

A white plate with striped edges filled with potatoes and lamb meatballs with tahini

Lamb Meatballs with Tahini | Kefte

Kefte translates to meatballs. And there are no shortage of different types in the Middle East. These are definitely contenders for BEST kefte.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 0
A slice of brownie tar heel pie on a white plate topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Tar Heel Pie | Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich and gooey chocolate brownie pie is crazy easy to make—and just as easy to make disappear.

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  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
A close up of vegan nachos made with seitan, plus a sour lime cream, cashew, pickled red onions, avocado, jalapeño, and cilantro

Vegan Nachos

Imagine a world in which everyone could tuck into the same platter of nachos with gusto. World peace starts here, folks.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad tossed with a honey-mustard dressing and topped with parmesan cheese and sweet-spicy nuts

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Roasted Brussels sprouts? Been there. Kale chips? Done that. This raw winter salad comprised of two still-trendy superfoods is like experiencing them for the first time.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Several cranberry pistachio biscotti cookies tied together with raffia

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranberries add a chewy, sweet-tartness and pistachios bring a buttery tasting richness to these biscotti, making them a must-make for Christmas.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
A plate of roasted delicata squash salad with red onion, feta cheese, avocado, and mint

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

A stunner of a salad that’s essentially a kaleidoscope of ingredients that tastes far more naughty than you’d expect from something so healthy.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
A woman whisking a roasting pan of classic turkey gravy

Classic Turkey Gravy

Everyone needs a classic, foolproof, go-to classic turkey gravy recipe. This is it. And all it takes is pan juices or drippings from your turkey, stock, butter, and flour. And a lot less time and effort than you’d imagine.

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  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A yellow bowl of cowboy caviar--black-eyed peas, corn, red onion, tomato, red and yellow pepper by Dorie Greenspan

Cowboy Caviar Salad

Eating healthy was never so easy—or mingled so nicely with tortilla chips and beer.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Glass jar of pumpkin seed pesto, nearby the lid and a spoon with pesto

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Calling all pesto lovers! This variation on the classic is unconventionally unique and every bit as much a keeper as the familiar rendition with pricey pine nuts.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Not your classic oatmeal raisin cookies, these boast golden raisins, maple syrup, and cardamom in addition to pistachios. Practically paleo. Entirely good.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 6
Coconut Popsicles

Coconut Popsicles

We call these “stealthy healthy” cuz you certainly can’t tell by the taste that there’s anything nutritionally redeeming about them. (And that’s how we like our healthy food to taste!)

  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 14
Confetti Quick Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

These kaleidoscopic little lovelies don’t require the typical processing and patience that classic pickles demand. Woohoo!

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  • 25 M
  • 1 D
  • 0