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.

Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints

Tired of waiting and waiting and waiting for your boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints to arrive? Not with this trusty recipe.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 14
Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Making 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
Many prepared potato gnocchi on a floured kitchen towel, with a mound of gnocchi dough in the background

Potato Gnocchi

Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive. And, quite frankly, the best gnocchi we’ve ever had.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
A cast-iron skilled filled with choriqueso, a cheese dip topped with queso

Choriqueso

Choriqueso = chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage) + queso (Spanish for cheese) melted into a puddle in a skillet. Perfect for dipping.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 10
Crunchy Oven-Fried Drumsticks

Oven Fried Drumsticks

Some things never go out of style. Witness this throwback to the 50s recipe for drumsticks rolled in crumbs of any sort. Potato chips. Wasabi peas. Rice crackers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 17
A white and blue bowl filled with healthy avgolemono made with fish, rice, and lemon

Healthy Avgolemono Soup

Almost exactly like the classic Greek dish made with rice, lemon, and eggs. Except better. Not to mention healthier.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

Plonk this brown sugar glazed ham on your holiday table and then step back, listen to the gasped oohs and aahs, accept all manner of accolades, and then watch it disappear.

  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 32
Dyed Easter Eggs

Dyed Easter Eggs

Ditch the fizzy artificially dyed tablets for something more natural. And inexpensive. Like kitchen scraps.

  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
A pot of creamy easy bechamel sauce with a spoon inside

Easy Béchamel Sauce

Who knew that baking legend Jim Lahey’s brilliance extended not just to bread and pizza maverick but béchamel whisperer?

  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 10
A whole roast chicken in a roasting pan with halved citrus fruits around it

Roast Chicken with Citrus

The words “orange chicken” used to make us think of gloppy Chinese takeout—until we tried this orange chicken.

  • 40 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 15
A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This easy, toss-it-together-and-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
  • 33
A veggie grilled cheese sandwich sliced in half on a glass platter

Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make veggies less yawn-inducing by stealthily sneaking them into this good-for-you grilled cheese sammie. Eating your veggies never tasted so sinful.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Batter Fried Chicken

Batter-Fried Chicken

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

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 129
A baking dish with chicken thighs topped with garlic cloves, red potatoes, and thyme. A silver spoon is nestled in the dish.

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
  • 14