Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

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 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
A white bowl filled with carrot ginger soup, with a spoon resting inside and a plate of carrots beside it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Easy, healthy, simple, vegan, and done in an hour. And, most importantly, absolutely scrumptious.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Two loaves of Hungarian coffee cake, one partially sliced to show swirled pattern inside.

Hungarian Coffee Cake

“Moist and rich and not too sweet and airy.” “Delicious, indulgent, adult- and kid-pleasing.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about this.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 4
A white enamel pot filled with turkey meatball soup.

Turkey Meatball Soup

This outrageously satiating riff on Italian wedding soup swaps traditional beef and pork meatballs for healthier ones made with turkey along with the lilt of lemon.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
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.

  • 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