Trudy Ngo-Brown, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Trudy Ngo-Brown has tested.

A single compost cookie from Christina Tosi.

Compost Cookies®

The curious name of these insanely can’t-stop-eating-these sweet and salty cookies hints at how you toss in whatever this and that you have on hand to create awesomeness.

  • (1)
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Half a cooked meatloaf in a red loaf tin with two slices cut from it.

Homemade Meatloaf

All the comforting flavor and sticky-sweet glaze of Mom’s meatloaf but with bacon and caramelized vegetables to make it feel all grown-up.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • 0
A glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, made with layers of sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and ice cubes with a coffee drip over it.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Ca Phe Sua Da

A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here’s how to succumb at home.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 28
A pork loin roast with paprika on a foil tray

Pork Loin Roast with Paprika

This simple weeknight supper recipe requires only that you rub some spices on a hunk of pork, shove it in the oven, and not forget about it.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 12 H
  • 6
Three pieces of steamed halibut with ginger and scallions on a blue rectangular plate with chopsticks on the side.

Steamed Halibut with Ginger

An elegant and easy riff on a classic Chinese technique that’s ideal for the fish-averse given that it’s quick and almost effortless.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
A black pot filled with chunks of beef Raj curry, topped with cilantro, nearby is roti Indian bread

British Beef Raj Curry

All the complexity of classic beef curry that you slowly tended all day…but in just an hour. You’re welcome.

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
Several bars of cut s'mores brownies made with graham crust, fudgy layer and topped with marshmallow on a piece of parchment.

S’mores Brownies

This sassy and satisfying dessert lacks nothing in terms of the retro childhood classic and comes together any time you have a craving. No campfire pyrotechnics required.

  • (6)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 17
Three homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years. Save for the crazy price tag. Here’s a less expensive, more customizable alternative.

  • (40)
  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 199
A bowl of congee garnished with scallions and freshly ground black pepper with some fritters on the side.

Congee | Jok Plaw

A simple, silken rice porridge that’s certain to soothe and salve the soul—especially those souls afflicted with a sore throat or a queasy tummy.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 2 H
  • 12
A shallow white dish filled with coffee creme brulee, with a spoon resting inside.

Coffee Crème Brûlée

“I’ve actually had friends lift their gratin dish and lick it clean—right at the table!” says David Lebovitz. We’ll have one of those. Actually, we’ll have two.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 10