Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

Three coconut popsicles in a dish filled with ice.

Coconut Popsicles

We dubbed these lovelies “stealthy healthy” cuz they’re creamy, satiating, unadulterated loveliness would never lead you to believe they’re actually healthy.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 16
Six chicken caesar salad skewers on a white plate with leaves of red and green romaine and two lemon wedges.

Chicken Caesar Salad Skewers

These subtly flavored chicken skewers deconstruct the classic into separate, simple, spectacular components in weeknight-friendly fashion.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with peach, burrata, and basil salad.

Peach, Burrata, and Basil Salad

Peachy keen takes on new meaning with this lovely little stunner of a starter or, if you’re like us and have a hard time restraining yourself, your entire supper. Loveliness personified.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 4
A cooked apricot galette on a piece of parchment paper with a metal spatula beside it.

Apricot Galette

This rustic galette can be charmingly misshapen yet still loses none of its appeal—and is unspeakably easier to make than pie. And yet to guests it’s just as impressive. Pretty easy math.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • 6
An overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime.” That’s what folks are saying about this spectacularly simple smoothie that has made converts of even avowed kale loathers.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
Two pouches of baked mushrooms in foil packets with a bowl of greens and another bowl of quinoa on the side.

Baked Mushrooms in Foil Packets

Embarrassingly easy. Enticingly aromatic. And unbelievably satisfying in terms of that beguiling umami-ness that defines mushrooms. Curious? You should be.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 7
Five jars of jam, two apricot and three strawberry rhubarb jam, with some wildflowers.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

A small-batch jam from the famed Sarabeth’s Bakery that takes just half an hour of (barely any) effort. And there’s no proper canning required. Simply stash it in the fridge.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
Three scoops of mango gelato in a bowl with a silver spoon and a whole mango beside it.

Mango Gelato

Got a mere 20 minutes? If so, you’ve got all it takes to merge the vibrant sweetness of mango with all the indulgence of gelato. 

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 55 M
  • 12
A brown paper bag with popped microwave popcorn spilling out of it.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Yes, you can make microwave popcorn on your own with just a brown paper bag. No artificial colors. No fake butter. No nasty preservatives. Bring on your next Netflix binge!

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6