Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

A hand holding a scoop of Ben & Jerry New York super fudge chunk in a sugar cone.

New York Super Fudge Chunk

Ben & Jerry, we love you and we always will. But we make our own Super Fudge Chunk now that’s even more riddled with chunks of all sorts of super fudge-y spectacularness.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 11
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A white bowl filled with spinach and arugula risotto on a grey linen napkin.

Spinach and Arugula Risotto

This risotto, straight from Rome, gets its flavor and color from spinach, arugula, and parsley. Its smoothness is a product of butter, cream, and cheese.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Three bowls of minestrone soup and a small bowl of pesto.

Minestrone Soup

An updated Italian classic made with all the usual suspects along with an unexpected drizzle of pesto that transforms a frugal veggie-bin catch-all into something truly astounding.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A white oval platter filled with Greek salad, with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, and feta.

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.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A small batch of everyone’s fave spring preserves that comes together with ease and melds the intoxicating taste, texture, and fragrance of strawberries mingled with rhubarb. No canning required.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 8