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.

A rimmed baking sheet filled with crispy baked kale chips.

Kale Chips

Potato chip fiends, stop your scoffing. We double-dog dare you to make a batch and stop at just one.

  • (8)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 27
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.

  • (3)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 18
Two hands holding a paper container of tater tots sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Parmesan Tater Tots

Frozen tater tots and Parmesan cheese. Seems so intuitive, doesn’t it? And yet it’s so wonderfully unexpected. Easy, kid-friendly, adult-appeasing.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons for dunking. And it requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

  • (4)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19
Two glasses of green smoothie, one of them tipped over and spilled with two spinach leaves beside it.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (6)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 25
A pile of fancy fish sticks on a piece of parchment with a dollop of ketchup beside them.

Fancy Fish Sticks

We believe in feeding kids real foods. But when you think about it, how much more real does it get than fish and bread crumbs?

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 8
Two martini glasses filled with spruce needle vodka with a spruce sprig floating in each glass.

Spruce Needle Vodka

Last-minute gift, anyone? Repurpose your Christmas tree by infusing vodka with a sprig or three. A celebratory and cinch of a project that extends the Christmas spirit–and spirits.

  • (5)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 24
Homemade maple-espresso bacon on a cutting board on a stone slab

Homemade Maple-Espresso Bacon

A richly porky, nicely salted, slightly peppery, pleasantly sweet taste with a lingering maple syrup flavor. That’s what you can expect from this crazy easy homemade bacon.

  • (5)
  • 25 M
  • 7 D, 4 H
  • 59
A standing rib roast on a cutting board with caramelized onions

Standing Rib Roast

Pricey but not pretentious, a standing rib roast is essentially a slab of bone-in rib eye steaks standing on end. You could do worse, eh?

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 23