Lesley Balla

Lesley Balla


As an associate editor at Taste of Home, Lesley helps track food and cooking trends, and writes and updates digital content. When not at her desk, you'll find her whipping up something with finds from the farmers market, discovering new restaurants, or hiking and roadtripping with her husband and pup Pucci.

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How to Make Panettone

Boxed panettone has nothing on this recipe. Make your own fruit-studded panettone bread for the holidays, either for gifts or your own snacking

How to Make Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)

Perfectly crispy and delicious, tostones are one of the easiest things to make at home. Eat them as a snack or side dish, with dips or just a good sprinkling of salt.

How to Make Pan-Fried Pork Chops

These pan-fried pork chops take very little time to get from stove to table. Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish for a quick and easy meal.