Barb P., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Barb P. has tested.

A large rectangular pan with bacon cornbread, and 3 square slices.

Bacon Cornbread

There’s cornbread. And then there’s cornbread enhanced with bacon, corn, and good ol’ bacon drippings. Just as God intended, folks who’ve made it have been saying.

A glass jar half filled with apple cranberry sauce, with a second jar of applesauce in the background.

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple cranberry sauce. Not quite as American as apple pie. Not until you taste this version, that is. Sweetly tart and superbly lovely with turkey and pork and so, so much more.

A cranberry scone with white chocolate drizzle on a red plate, which is set on a white plate on a red background.

Cranberry Scones

Got leftover cranberries? Then you’ve got the fixings for these incredible scones that balance tart berries with sweet white chocolate and knee-wobblingly flaky pastry.

Pumpkin swirl brownies, uncut, in a large rectangular baking pan.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

These pumpkin swirl brownies are just as outrageously rich as you’d expect thanks to pumpkin spice cheesecake colliding with a pan of fudgy brownies.

2 hands holding a pale green bowl filled with creamy mushroom soup, topped with olive oil yogurt, and hazelnuts. Salt and pepper shakers, and a spoon sit next to it.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Sometimes, a creamy, comforting soup is all you need, especially if you can make it vegan. Topped with yogurt and hazelnuts, it’s superb.

A blue background with a white bowl filled with sliced peaches, tomatoes, red onions, basil, and chunks of bread.

Tomato and Peach Panzanella

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it’ll knock your socks off. If you’re not wearing socks this time of year, then it’ll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.

A small orange skillet with two crêpes Suzette and a spoon topped with citrus sauce.

Crêpes Suzette

These classic buttery French crepes are infused through and through with the essence of orange.

A frozen tub of plum sorbet, with a scoop of sorbet and some sugar cookies lying beside it.

Plum Sorbet

This plum sorbet is going to change your late-summer fruit strategy. And you don’t even need an ice cream maker. Now that’s easy and elegant.

A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs

Baked Mac and Cheese with Bread Crumbs

Because nothing says love like cheesy pasta magnificence. This baked mac ‘n cheese, with Colby, Cheddar, and crisp, buttery bread crumbs can be made ahead of time, too.

Three pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches stacked on top of each other and secured with a wooden skewer.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

This brilliant sandwich works with any pulled pork you’ve got, leftover or freshly smoked. But trust us, you won’t be able to make these fast enough to keep up with the demand.

A plate of churros with a cup of hot chocolate in the background

Churros

Fried dough in any incarnation is something to get excited about. Though we’re sorta partial to this particular cinnamon sugar-coated awesomeness.

An oval casserole dish of acquacotta - eggs poached in a tomato and onion sauce -- with a piece of bread, plate, and utensils on the side.

Acquacotta

Sorta like shakshuka, aquacotta is an Italian soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially leftover bread, tomatoes, onions, and chiles with eggs and a little Parmesan. Living large.

Several slices of maple sriracha bacon in a glass.

Maple Sriracha Bacon

Maple Sriracha bacon isn’t just the title of this simple recipe, it’s the ingredient list as well. Which means you probably already have everything you need on hand.

A person scooping a spoonful of green chile macaroni and cheese from a bowl.

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

This grown-up mac-and-cheese gets some gusto with its mild heat from chiles and its smattering of—are you sitting?!—crushed tortilla chips in place of bread crumbs.

A white bowl of red wine spaghetti with shaved Parmesan and basil leaves.

Red Wine Spaghetti

This ingenious approach to spaghetti requires just your usual boxed pasta, a bottle of wine, and 30 minutes. Gorgeousness ensues.

White bowl of sliced parmesan-crusted chicken, lettuce, and red and yellow cherry tomatoes

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

When it’s half past when you’d wanted to eat and you’re too exhausted to think, turn to this kid-friendly, adult-approved fix.

A white bowl filled with quick chicken chili with a spoon resting inside and a lime wedge on top.

Quick Chicken Chili

Exactly what you want—nay, need—when you’re crave something that’s satiating as heck but you need it to be quick and with some semblance of healthy.