Intimidated by egg whites and whisking them? Don't be! I'll show you how easy it is to whisk them to perfection to create these lovely Meringue Cookies! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

No Fail Meringue Cookies

It’s so easy to be intimidated by baking. Especially if you’re baking meringue cookies. It seems like the cards are stacked against you. Too many odds. No way can you win. But, I completely disagree. In fact, I think you can 100% make Meringue Cookies. Why? Because I’ve got the tips to help you succeed!

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If you haven’t made falafel yet, now’s the time. You’ll love the addition of sweet pistachios in these Pistachio Chickpea Falafel. @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Pistachio Chickpea Falafel

“I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not com- pensated for my time.”

Never did I dream that I would ever be posting a falafel recipe on my website. Let’s just say I had a bad falafel salad instance years ago. And I just couldn’t get myself to try it again. Until THIS YEAR. Seriously, this has been the year of falafel and I’m glad I’ve given it a second chance, because it’s AWESOME! And I’m really digging this version, loaded with pistachios!

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Why pay 10 dollars at a restaurant what you can easily make at home? You'll love this delicious, Fancy Toast recipe that won't break the bank! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Restaurant Worthy Fancy Toast

Are you watching Top Chef at all this season? If not, you should be! I love the creativity of this season’s chef’s and Carrie is becoming my big-time favorite! In fact, this recipe, is a riff on the recipe she made last week. She lovingly calls it “Fancy Toast,” so I’m calling it that too. Because really, anytime you top toast with more than just butter it becomes “fancy,” right?

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Taste how lovely pistachios taste INSIDE pancakes with these Pistachio Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Pistachio Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

“I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not com- pensated for my time.”

You know what tastes good? Pistachios inside pancakes! That’s right! If you’re looking for a way to “up” your pancake game, it’s time you added some pistachios to your pancake batter! Don’t know how to do that? Well, that’s why I’m here! I jammed plenty of pistachio goodness into these Pistachio Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes!

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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

When I was a kid, the ultimate snack I craved was a soft pretzel. It didn’t matter where we were, if there was a soft pretzel available, I wanted it. Imagine my excitement when they started packaging and selling soft pretzels in the grocery store!!! Holy crust!!! Could life get any better? Well sure it could and did, because I learned just how easy it is to make homemade soft pretzels from scratch. And they taste 100% more delicious than any store bought pretzel!

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Vanilla Skyr Panna Cotta

Picture this, you’ve just finished a delicious meal at a great restaurant and shortly after, your server comes to the table and hands you the dessert menu for you to peruse. After a quick look, you find yourself reaching for your phone because it’s time to do some research. Panna cotta? What the heck is that? Maybe you’ve heard of panna cotta, but you don’t actually know what panna cotta is. Right? Am I right? Don’t worry about it! I’m here to save the day!

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You don’t have to go to a restaurant for crepes, you can make them at home. Find out how easy it is! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Sweet Simple Crepes

Let’s go back in time for a little bit, shall we? If you had told me that one day I’d be writing a blog post about crepes, I would’ve said, “what’s a crepe?” Seriously. Blame it on growing up and living in the Midwest, but I’d never heard of them until AFTER I went to college. Or perhaps, what might be more accurate is that I heard the word and thought, “nope, too fancy for me.” Now I know better. And so should you!

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Spatzle That Tastes Darn Good

In case you haven’t been following along on my Instagram account (shame on you!), I’ve been doing this little thing called, “What Was That?” on my Instagram Stories. It’s a weekly series where I break down a cooking method, recipe, ingredient, etc, from the previous week’s episode of Top Chef. Fun, right? Yeah, tune in, you’ll love it! Essentially, I’m trying to make YOU a Top Chef in YOUR kitchen! Last week’s episode was all about German food. So this week, I dedicated my Stories to the beloved German dumpling, spatzle!

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Think confit is something you can only get at restaurants? No way! Learn how to make this super easy, addictive Garlic Confit! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Creamy Dreamy Garlic Confit

For most of us, confit is not a term that’s commonly used in our vernacular. It’s fancy, it’s French, and we’re not “confit-ing” much on a daily basis. But, um, while we’re on the topic, what the heck is confit? It’s okay that you aren’t sure, that’s why I’m here! And I’ve got a recipe to make things even better. That’s right, Creamy Dreamy Garlic Confit!

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Looking for a super delicious, vegetarian dish that satisfies? Look no further than this Red Lentil Dal! @cookinRD | sarahaasrdn.com

Red Lentil Dal

When I tell people how much I love legumes, they look at me like I have a third eye. I’m pretty sure that I don’t, so I can’t figure out what the funny looks are for. I mean, is it so crazy to love legumes? I sure don’t think so and I’m about to tell you why. And not only that, I’m going to share a pretty darn delicious recipe for Red Lentil Dal. Read on, friends!

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