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.

Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Roasted potatoes on the grill magically means you can indulge your craving for roasted potatoes during sweltering summer without heating up the entire kitchen. You’re welcome.

  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 18
Batter Fried Chicken

Batter-Fried Chicken

Proof that you don’t require buttermilk or an insufferably long overnight brine to make insanely tender, crazily crisp, gosh darn perfect fried chicken.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 111
Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

A toasted bun cradling sweet-as-can-be lobster swaddled in mayo. Just like what you’ll find along the winding highways and byways of coastal Maine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • 17
Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese

A spoon-it-straight-from-the-jar-and-slather-it-on-everything sauce with the taste of tradition, the seduction of sophistication.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 33
A pan with two handles filled with a Southern peach cobbler on a baking sheet

Southern Peach Cobbler

This Southern peach cobbler is going to bring back a lot of memories. We consider it Southern charm.

  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 12
Coconut Popsicles

Coconut Popsicles

We call these “stealthy healthy” cuz you certainly can’t tell by the taste that there’s anything nutritionally redeeming about them. (And that’s how we like our healthy food to taste!)

  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 14
Glass bowl filled with garlic shrimp, sautéed with oil, butter, chiles pepper, and garlic

Garlic Shrimp

Dramatically amplify the flavor (and the reactions at the table) when you leave the shells on while cooking these shrimp. And then just surrender to the mess while devouring them.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Maybe what the world needs is a single currency. Like jars of this sweet, rich, intense bacon jam that makes everything better.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 94
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Cue the Red Stripe and the reggae, cuz this fast and easy flavor paste makes grilled jerk chicken that’s the real deal.

  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
Pistachio Gelato

Pistachio Gelato

An ethereally creamy, subtly sweet, wickedly pistachio-y gelato that derives its pure flavor from nothing more than the essentials.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 16
Skewers of thinly sliced Thai grilled pork or Moo Yang, on a metal tray in a street food vendor's cart

Thai Grilled Pork | Moo Yang

We can certainly understand why street food has catapulted into trendiness. Assuming, that is, it all tastes as soulful as these skewers that are hawked on seemingly every street in Thailand.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 13
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.

A slice of a creamy onion tart, with a flaky crust and tossed mixed salad on a white plate

Creamy Onion Tart

This tart wooed and wowed us with its sophistication, simplicity, and sturdiness. And unlike that other round eggy thing in a crust, this certainly won’t call into question anyone’s manhood.

  • 20 M
  • 40 M
  • 6
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

Folks are calling this recipe “wonderful” and “amazingly tender” and “perfectly balanced” and “restaurant quality.” Sorta enticing, yes?

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 4