Trista Smith, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Trista Smith has tested.

A large bowl filled with grilled panzanella, with cherry tomatoes, torn bread, and basil leaves.

Grilled Panzanella Salad

This brashly untraditional panzanella grills the bread so you can dispense with waiting for stale bread. Still frugal. Still stunning. Still more than the sum of its parts.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 14
A person mashing avocado into a bowl of easy guacamole on a table with salt, avocado, cilantro, lime, and chiles.

Easy Guacamole

Easy as heck, this guacamole takes a minimalistic approach that keeps ingredients to the essentials yet doesn’t disappoint. Sorta tricky to come by that these days. And yet here we are.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 14
A stack of squares of birthday cake fudge on a white marble platter.

Birthday Cake Fudge

No-bake cake doesn’t get any easier than this funfetti fudge that’s complete with a semisweet chocolate “cake” layer, a white chocolate “frosting” layer, and sprinkles galore.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 45 M
  • 8
Oval plate with a salt and pepper pork chop, spoon, fork, and juice on it

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Perfection. That’s what we think of this simple yet exquisite melding of pork, butter, salt, and pepper from chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 6
A round of farmers cheese resting on a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl.

Farmer Cheese

This homemade farmer cheese is rich, creamy, lovely, and crazy easy to make. Sorta like a poor man’s (or shall we say, lazy man’s) homemade ricotta. Here’s how to make it.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 6
An oval dish filled with roasted plums, topped with star anise.

Roasted Plums

Scented with star anise, not overly sweet, and just 25 minutes from start to finish. Talk about our sorta summer dessert.

  • (2)
  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 8
A glazed ham with maple and mustard on a wooden cutting board.

Glazed Ham with Mustard

This simple glazed ham has got a sweet and spicy thing going on that’s simultaneously subtle and super impressive.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 3 H
  • 4
A person holding a glass mug of cinnamon tea on a white plate.

Cinnamon Tea

Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s this cuppa cinnamon tea. So simple. So soothing.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 2