Lou Ann Traster, Recipe Tester

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

A small batch of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happiness can be found in this recipe that ended our search for the perfect small-batch chocolate chip cookie. Insanely perfect for when you need—need, not want—just a dozen.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
Banana bread granola tipped out of a glass jar onto a marble surface with a wooden scoop beside it.

Banana Bread Granola

“Not too sweet.” “Simple and terrific.” “Everything a granola should be.” That’s what folks are saying about this granola.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Two chili dogs on a white plate with a fork and knife on the side.

Chili Dog

Who first thought to smother a hot dog with chili and strew it with cheese and cram it into one’s face? We’re talking hero status.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
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 turns a frugal veggie-bin catch-all into something truly astounding.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A small and large bowl of celery salad topped with nuts and a fork resting beside them.

Celery Salad

Crisp celery aligns with mildly bitter, frilly frisée for an unexpected yet surprisingly satisfying salad that’s certain to cure your salad ennui.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Five pistachio oatmeal cookies on a white marble surface.

Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

Not your classic oatmeal raisin cookies, these boast golden raisins, maple syrup, and cardamom in addition to pistachios. Definitely healthy. Practically paleo. Entirely good.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 8
A white enamel pot filled with turkey meatball soup.

Turkey Meatball Soup

This outrageously healthy—yet still satiating—riff on Italian wedding soup swaps traditional beef and pork meatballs for ones made with turkey. Indulgence with decency.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
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 we’re hearing about this.

  • (5)
  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 12