Barb P., Recipe Tester

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

A man holding tongs in front of a skillet making southern pan-fried chicken, which is bubbling in the pan

Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

This recipe from the late, great Edna Lewis turns out skillet-fried chicken that’s perfectly seasoned, extra-crisp, and gosh darn beautiful in every way.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 7
A parchment-lined baking sheet with four roasted cod fillet on top of roasted potatoes slices and topped with lemon slices

Lemon Roast Fish With Potatoes

“The epitome of success.” “Simple yet elegant.” “I definitely will be making this again and again.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe. Sorta makes you want to try it, doesn’t it?

  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
A white plate with a tarragon chicken leg and thigh on it, sliced onion and tarragon on top

Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon chicken. A French classic for a reason. And no one but you needs to know just how easily it comes together.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A red, white, and blue tart with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and raspberries, blueberries, and blackberry on top

Red, White, and Blue Tart

Simple and stunning. That’s what we think of this ridiculously easy tart made with a graham cracker crumb crust, a luscious cheesecake-like filling made of cream cheese, cream, and sugar, and a scattering of summer berries.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Three ears of grilled Mexican-style street corn slathered with lime mayo and sprinkle with cilantro, cheese, hot sauce

Mexican-Style Street Corn

Does it get any better than grilled corn slathered with lime mayo, cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce? Nah.

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  • 20 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
A wooden bowl filled with golf-ball-size fried potato and chouriço balls on a wooden tray

Chouriço and Potato Balls

Portuguese tater tots. That’s how we think of this mashup of potatoes, chouriço, and onion that’s deep-fried until crisp and golden on the outside and impossibly airy yet rich on the inside.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
Infused Water

How to Infuse Water

Why spend half your paycheck on pricey infused waters when you can make them at home? It’s easy, inexpensive, and lovely.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 8 H, 5 M
  • 2
Copper skillet with a potato chip and chive omelet, a wooden spoon resting inside

Potato Chip and Chive Omelet

Sorta like a first grader’s culinary experiment that unexpectedly turns into something deliciously right and, we dare say, unexpectedly sophisticated.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Cutting board with char siu pork--a pork tenderloin slathered with char siu sauce--and more sauce and the side

Char Siu Pork

A modern riff on a Cantonese classic. This leaner version relies on pork tenderloin rather than more indulgent cuts but tastes every bit as authentic as the real deal and is redolent of five spice powder, garlic, and ginger.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Person with a spoon digging into a glass jar of coddle eggs with potato puree underneath, slice of bread nearby

Coddled Eggs with Potato Puree

Buttery pureed potatoes are spooned into a Mason jar, topped with an egg, and then the entire thing is covered and gently coddled. A creamier, more buttery, luscious-er breakfast cannot be had.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 5
A casserole dish of hominy au gratin--hominy in a cheese sauce--plus a spoon filled with the cheesy hominy

Hominy au Gratin

A comfort food phenom that’s as cheesy and satisfying as macaroni and cheese…minus the macaroni.

  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 6
Easy Smashed Potatoes

Easy Smashed Potatoes

Kid friendly. Adult approved. Gluten-free. Vegan. Awesome for entertaining. And even awesomer for when you want to stand at the stove and inhale carbs straight from the baking sheet.

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  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 4
Two bowls filled with tortellini, peas, and spinach.

Easy Tortellini Soup

A quick and simple weeknight recipe made with store-bought tortellini, spinach, and chicken broth. Super simple and perfect for the entire family.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 0