Sarah Heend, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Sarah Heend has tested.

A raspberry crostata--a rustic tart with the crust folded over a filling of raspberries--on a sheet of parchment

Raspberry Crostata

Sometimes a pie craving is just too strong to wait for a plate and fork and fussily crimping a top crust. Enter this easy peasy yet elegant crostata.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 2
A stone bowl of mint pesto with a knife on top on a metal sheet pan

Mint Pesto

A novel take on the classic. Mint leaves, peanuts, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Cacio e pepe potato chips--chips topped with cheese, black pepper, and parsley

Cacio e Pepe Potato Chips

Store-bought potato chips, cheese, and black pepper. Our only question is: Why didn’t we think of this sooner? Genius.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
A pile of baking powder biscuits on a white paper napkin

Baking Powder Biscuits

These baking powder biscuits morph boring pantry staples into stunningly tender, buttery, pull-apart biscuits that scream to be eaten hot from the oven.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Glass of spinach almond pesto with a spoon inside on a metal sheet strewn with almonds

Spinach Almond Pesto

A milder alternative to the classic basil pine nut pesto, this requires just toss spinach, roasted almonds, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor and buzz until smooth. Ten minutes and you’re done.

  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2
Cast iron pot with braised new potatoes inside

Braised New Potatoes

All the rich creaminess of potatoes sloooooowly roasted with your favorite hunk of meat. But in just 30 minutes on the stovetop. The secret? Braise ’em in butter.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Tray of classic dinner rolls glazed with butter, bowl of melted butter with a brush

Classic Dinner Rolls

Practically instant gratification with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rise and its straightforward mixing method. And oooooh the taste!

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 4
8 birthday cake cookies covered in white frosting and colored sprinkles

Birthday Cake Cookies

All the good stuff from a birthday cake–sprinkles and a creamy buttery frosting–incorporated into soft, tender sugar cookies. That’s something to celebrate.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Flourless Almond Cake

Flourless Almond Cake

A flourless almond cake that’s French and flavorful, this amandier is crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and gluten-free through and through. Perfect for Passover.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 33
Brown Soda Bread

Brown Soda Bread

We guarantee you’re going to feel Irish when you sit down and savor a slice of this brown soda bread. Consider it your birthright.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
a roll of butter flecked with minced parsley

Parsley Butter

Perhaps the simplest way ever to gussy up a piece of plain fish, a bland chicken breast, even out-of-season veggies.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
A casserole dish with four halves of roasted winter squash filled with cheese-topped stuffing

Stuffed Winter Squash

Easy. Healthy. Tasty. Insanely versatile. It can even be vegetarian if you please. Trust us when we say you’re going to wonder how you ever made it through winter without this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Brown-Butter Financier

Brown Butter Financiers

Although the name “financiers” may conjure images of fancy French pastries, these delicate beauties with a velvety crumb couldn’t be easier to make.

  • 30 M
  • 45 M
  • 6