B. Shanly, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes B. Shanly has tested.

Barbara Shanly

Some of Barbara’s early food memories are helping her grandmother make and dry gnocchi and clean squid for Christmas Eve as well as watching her father make stuffed breads and homemade pizza.

For 30 years, Barbara worked in corporate America. When she was furloughed due to COVID, she decided to focus on her passions and officially retired.

Now she loves spending weekends in the kitchen creating dishes with ingredients she has in her pantry and refrigerator.  Also, she’s a volunteer at Foodology in Plantsville, CT, and thoroughly enjoys being around and encouraging teens who are incredibly creative in the kitchen.

A spicy bacon-wrapped grilled chicken breast on top of a bun and tomato slices with the top half of the bun and some arugula next to it.

Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This combination of marinated, bacon-wrapped, and grilled chicken tucked into a bun with mayo, tomato, and arugula just became our new favorite way to enjoy a BLT.

A pale blue bowl filled with white bean hummus, topped with parsley, olives, seeds, and oil

White Bean Hummus

Change up your hummus game with this white bean version that’s served with a fresh herb, olive, and seed topping.

Coconut lime cookies drizzled with icing and garnished with lime zest on wax paper.

Coconut Lime Cookies

Think sugar cookie meets margarita. Or something like that. And just as difficult to stop at a single taste.

A Kentucky butter cake on a white plate with a slice cut from it on a plate in the background

Kentucky Butter Cake

This sweet, buttery Southern pound cake is infused with rum extract and topped with a buttery vanilla sauce. Thankfully, it makes a big cake because it’s nearly impossible to stop after just one slice.

A citrus fennel salad assembled on a white and blue serving platter, topped with fresh herbs.

Citrus Fennel Salad

This refreshing jumble of citrus, fennel, arugula, onion, and fresh herbs tossed in a citrus vinaigrette is like springtime on a plate.