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.

Nine roast lemon chicken thighs in a round Dutch oven with lemon slices tucked between them.

Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs

In this simple one-pot supper, chicken thighs are bathed in a sauce that’s informed, though not overwhelmed, by lemon. Warning: You’re gonna wanna spoon that sauce onto everything.

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.

No-bake snowballs on a counter

No-Bake Snowballs

Not all holiday sweets have to be loaded with sugar and fat. As delish as that is, you might crave something with a little healthy oomph.

Christmas sugar cookies being rolled out and placed on a sheet pan, with cookie cutters, a rolling pin, sprinkles, and flour nearby.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas eating is mostly about the cookies, we think. Pull out your favorite cookie cutters and sparkliest sprinkles because it’s that time of year!

Carrot cake oatmeal in two bowls on a wooden table, beside a cup of black coffee, two spoons, and a vase of flowers.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

A quick but incredibly delightful, plant-based breakfast dish that combines oatmeal and classic carrot cake flavors. Filling and just sweet enough.

French onion skillet chicken in a copper frying pan with a person lifting out a serving

French Onion-Skillet Chicken

This isn’t just an upgrade to French onion soup. This isn’t just roasted chicken. It’s an incredible combination of all the best parts of both, darling.

A sliced loaf of hummingbird loaf cake, beside a glass dish of butter and a butter knife.

Hummingbird Loaf Cake

Hummingbird cake is as sweet as it sounds. This snacky, loaf pan version is made with whole wheat flour but still adores a smear of cream cheese icing.

A terracotta dish filled with potatoes, feta, black olives, and tomatoes.

Potatoes with Tomatoes and Feta

A deeply spiced, but not spicy, Turkish potato and tomato casserole that makes a superb side dish. Serve with yogurt, lemon, and even a sprinkle of nuts.