Sofia Reino, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sofia Reino has tested.

Sofia Reino

Sofia Reino grew up in many kitchens. Her parents were diplomats, so her life was one of a gypsy, moving from one country to another and one cuisine to the next. Her passion for food began while she lived in Norway. At age nine, she'd run downstairs to the kitchen as soon as she finished her homework to help her mother and the cook prepare a variety of meals. The dishes were mostly Portuguese, but with an international twist, and were prepared for hundreds of people. She spent each summer in Portugal, where again she enjoyed countless hours in the kitchen, this time with her avó (grandmother) and the kitchen helpers. Reino now lives in South Carolina with her Boston-born Irish-American husband and has two kitchen helpers of her own in the form of her daughters.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is a classic for one reason—it’s damn good. Using chicken thighs ensures the meat remains juicy. Using our trick for quickly peeling garlic makes it hassle free.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 10
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This easy shove-it-in-the-oven casserole is exactly what macaroni and cheese ought to be—cheesy, crumb-topped, and ridiculously indulgent.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 29
Soy and Spice Simmered Pork Shoulder

Soy and Spice Simmered Pork Shoulder

This Malaysian recipe for pork shoulder simmered in soy sauce and warm spices is infused with lemongrass and galangal giving it a Southeast Asian taste.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H
  • 0
A pink bowl filled with flower-shaped sugar cookies topped with decorating sugar

Valentine’s Sugar Cookies

Sure, you could say it with flowers. Although if novelty is what you’re after, a bouquet isn’t exactly the answer. These sweet little somethings, on the other hand….

  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 47
Lemon and Thyme Risotto

Lemon and Thyme Risotto

A lilt of lemon and hints of thyme dance throughout this simple risotto. The best they’ve ever tasted.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 11
Two seared duck breasts, one sliced, the other whole on a wood cutting board

Seared Duck Breast

An elegant and easy riff on steak au poivre, made not with beef but duck breast cooked to a rosy medium-rare.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 4
Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Southern Shrimp and Grits

Our most requested recipe, this ridiculously rich dish takes its heat from andouille, its creamy comfort from grits smothered in cheese.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 2
Blue pot of chunks of pork, authentic carnitas, with a bay leaf and wooden spoon on top

Authentic Carnitas

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that’s fall-apart-tender pork goodness ready for tacos.

Fried chicken in a vinaigrette sauce on a paper bag, chopsticks nearby

Momofuku’s Fried Chicken

This flour-free fried bird is contrary to everything we know about fried chicken. Or think we know. That’s exactly what makes it so darn genius.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 16
Three small turkey burgers with onions, parsley, avocado on a white plate

Southwestern Turkey Sliders

The number one complaint of folks who don’t like turkey burgers is dryness. Number two is blandness. This recipe is neither.

  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 6
A skillet with three pieces of pan fried fish and lemon slices

Pan Fried Fish

Pan fried fish has never been as easy or as enticing as these perfectly cooked fillets with crisp skin. Easy and on the table in minutes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0