Barbara S., Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Barbara S. 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.

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.

Two plates of beer-brined bbq chicken, shredded cabbage, and artisan bread, with a small bowl of dip between them.

Beer-Brined BBQ Chicken

A relatively quick and unconventional brine that ensures a surprising amount of juiciness and a surprise sauce that brings ample flavor.

A fork scooping strands of roasted spaghetti squash from the center of a halved squash.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

“This technique really did produce those long lovely strands allowing this squash to live up to its name!” We keep hearing this about this perfectly easy and healthy spaghetti squash.