Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

A swoon-worthy collision of creamy cheesecake and cakey brownie and sweetly tart raspberries that you simply gotta taste to believe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine on a sheet of parchment paper

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Herbs

Here’s how to transform ho-hum out-of-season supermarket tomatoes into polish-off-the-entire-batch-yourself bombs of jammy tomato superlativeness.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
A metal baking dish filled with meatball lasagna, with one piece missing

Meatball Lasagna

A playful riff on an Italian comfort food classic that calls for bite-size meatballs standing in for the usual meat sauce. Yet all the cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna remains unchanged.

  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 2
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.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 6