Sofia Reino, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sofia Reino has tested.

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. 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. After living for more than 18 years in the US, she moved back to her home country, Portugal, where she has an organic farm in Sintra.

A Fiesta bowl filled with cheesy shrimp and grits with bacon

Shrimp and Grits

Creamy Southern stone-ground grits with Cheddar cheese, plump sautéed shrimp, crisp bacon, garlic, and scallions.

A person cutting a slab of the best St. Louis ribs into individual ribs.

Best St. Louis Ribs

Our testers raved about these ribs slathered with spice rub and smothered with barbecue sauce and smoked until knee-wobblingly tender. They’re that good.

A wedge of white pizza on a piece of parchment.

White Pizza

We find this lovely, albeit subtly flavored, little number to be one of the simpler pleasures in life. We think you’ll concur.

A piece of miso cod in a skillet with an orange napkin next to it.

Miso Cod

This five-ingredient fix, a restaurant classic as well as a simple weeknight dinner, will have you practicing your acceptance speech for the best dinner ever.

A platter of quartered roasted potatoes on the grill, seasoned with pepper and rosemary.

Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Now you can indulge your craving for roast potatoes when it’s sweltering outside without heating up the entire kitchen. You’re welcome.

A person holding a plate with a slice of basic chocolate cake on it.

Basic Chocolate Cake

One of the best darned chocolate cakes we’ve ever experienced. Seriously. (Would we tease about a topic as life-altering as this?!)

Three glass bowls filled with scoops of strawberry cheesecake ice cream.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This nifty little number has all the uber richness of cheesecake and all the luxe creaminess of ice cream but with barely any effort. No ice cream maker required.

A white plate topped with calamari à la plancha -- seared calamari -- with a bottle of wine in the background.

Calamari à la Plancha

Sounds a lot more compelling than “squid cooked over hot coals”! Or, in this case, cast iron skillets. Our recipe tester Sofia swears this is just like what they serve in her native Portugal.

A partially sliced smoked coffee brisket on a wooden cutting board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Smoked Coffee Brisket

Behold, one of the most beautiful briskets you’ll ever pull off your backyard barbecue. Truly. Here’s how.