Barb P., Recipe Tester

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

A slab of orange and brown swirled brownie

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 chocolate fudge brownies.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 10
Two slices of French toast, fried until golden and drizzled with maple syrup.

French Toast ~ Pain Perdu

This recipe gets it right with just the right amount of (indulgent) richness. Our go-to weekend breakfast.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Halved slow roasted tomatoes on a piece of parchment with drops of oil and flakes of salt.

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

With their intensified flavor, these candy-like tomatoes make an astonishing addition to all sorts of dishes.

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  • 10 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Three ears of grilled Mexican-style street corn slathered with lime mayo and sprinkled with cilantro, cheese, hot sauce

Mexican-Style Street Corn

Does it get any better (or more like you’re vacationing south of the border) than grilled corn slathered with lime mayo, cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce? Nah.

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  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.

Sautéed Spinach with Bread Crumbs

That frugal Italian trick of adding buttery bread crumbs to just about anything to make it more enticing works its considerable charms here. Swoon.

  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 2
A small orange skillet with two crêpes Suzette and a spoon topped with citrus sauce.

Crepes Suzette

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

  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
A spiced peach shortcake on a white plate with spiced peaches layered between two biscuit halves and topped with whipped cream.

Spiced Peach Shortcakes

Ethereally airy biscuits. Sweetly spiced stone fruits. This riff on classic shortcake swaps strawberries for the unexpected to really quite surprising and clamor-for-more effect.

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  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 0
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 these crisp yet ethereally airy specimens with a Spanish accent.

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  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Two halves of grilled cheddar jalapeno popper sandwich stacked on top of each other

Grilled Cheddar-Jalapeño Popper Sandwich

A big fat sandwich of deliciousness. That’s how one person referred to this brilliant riff on the classic grilled cheese that’s salty, tangy, spicy, melty, and mood-lifting as heck.

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A bowl of rice topped with red cooked pork and a pair of chopsticks resting on the bowl. A plate of red cooked pork on the side

Red Cooked Pork

A Chinese classic that you can make at home with fewer ingredients and less fuss than you’d ever imagine.

  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
A bowl of healthy egg drop soup with shredded chicken, green onions, broccoli rabe, noodles, and sprouts

Healthy Egg Drop Soup

A somewhat healthier riff on egg drop soup, this quick little number is the perfect way to nourish the soul AND chase away those cold weather sniffs, sneezes, and blues.

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  • 25 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
A blue plate piled with a stack of griddle cakes

Griddle Cakes

In the words of at least one person who’s made these light and fluffy griddle cakes, they’re “hands-down the best pancakes I have ever made!”

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 15
Two white ramekins with a pile of sugar-coated bourbon balls

Bourbon Balls

Chocolatey, boozy goodness in a charming and irresistible and seemingly innocent presentation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Three jars of slow cooker apple pear sauce on a white tray

Apple Pear Sauce

Applesauce gone to finishing school. That’s how we think of this apple pear sauce sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stovetop or slow cooker friendly.

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  • 20 M
  • 6 H, 20 M
  • 0