Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

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
Two soft corn tacos filled with vegan cauliflower tacos al pastor--with pineapple chunks, pickled onions, cashew queso, avocado, cilantro

Vegan Cauliflower Tacos Al Pastor

With spiced cauliflower, chunks of pineapple, pickled red onions, avocado, and cashew queso, who needs meat?! (Just kidding.)

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
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
Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango

Yep. Grilled chicken tacos with mango. Prepare to be astounded. (What? Perhaps you were expecting a humdrum weeknight dinner?)

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  • 40 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

An easy, light, spring-inspired riff on traditional risotto that still manages to maintain all the rich, indulgent, creamy goodness of the Italian classic.

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  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
A sheet pan with flattened, crispy potatoes

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight from the baking sheet.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
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