Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

A broken slice of banana bread stacked on a white plate

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves. And that everyone pretty much always has the ingredients for on hand.

  • (22)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 86
Two whole roasted cauliflower heads on a rimmed baking sheet with a glass jar of dressing and a spoon resting inside it.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

So novel to serve (and so delicious to eat) that you, as well as any finicky eaters at your table, might just forget any prior bland experiences you may have had with cauliflower.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
Eight vegan fudge brownies on a marble surface.

Vegan Fudge Brownies

Proof that spectacularly fudgy, messily gooey, intensely chocolatey brownies can be made without butter or eggs.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H, 55 M
  • 0
A blood orange pound cake on a wire rack with glaze and sugar syrup, three slices cut

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Buttery, rich pound cake is ribboned with a marmalade layer, steeped in blood orange syrup, and finished off with a tartly sweet orange glaze. Sigh.

  • (3)
  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 8
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.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 14
A jar of orange marmalade with a spoon resting on top and a few orange wedges beside it.

Orange Marmalade

Nothing beats perfectly sweet tart homemade orange marmalade. Tart and sweet and eminently giftable…if, that is, you can bear to part with any. (We can’t!)

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 12
Glass jar with a cold and flu drink with a cinnamon stick, a spoon with ginger

Cold and Flu Elixir

Made with honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne, this sweet sipper is incomparably better than those blechy-tasting, over-priced, brand-name cold medicines.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Four mugs filled with chili con carne with one spoon resting inside a mug and four others laying beside the mugs.

Chili con Carne

“Outstanding!” “A sophisticated uptown chili.” “The bomb.” That’s what we’re hearing about this classic chili con carne recipe.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 4
A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • (2)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 6