Cindy Zaiffdeen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Cindy Zaiffdeen has tested.

A loaf of applesauce bread in a parchment-lined loaf pan

Applesauce Bread

Comfort finds us in unexpected ways. Thank goodness for that. And thank goodness for this not-too-sweet, subtly apple-y, kid-friendly quick bread.

  • (24)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 68
A zucchini cake with lemon and poppyseed topped with lemon frosting on a platter with half the cake cut into slices.

Zucchini Cake with Lemon and Poppyseeds

Nothing helps a vegetable go down without a struggle like a little sweetness. Come summer, we’re particularly fond of this old-fashioned—yet still fashionable—zucchini delivery system.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 17
Five baked blueberry pecan muffins on a wooden surface.

Blueberry Pecan Muffins

Our quest for memorable-in-a-lovely-way blueberry muffins has been decades-long and riddled with disappointment. Here’s the muffin recipe that changed our tune as well as our ‘tude.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
A southside cocktail on a napkin on a silver tray with a potato chip and sprig of mint beside it.

Southside Cocktail

Mint. Muddled. Mine. When we’ve got this gin-based mojito on our minds, those are about the only words we can muster. Well, maybe add “More.”

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 12
A sliced steak chimichurri with a gravy boat filled with chimichurri on the side.

Steak Chimichurri

Chimichurri-induced happiness can be yours with this foolproof, fuss-free, Argentine-approved answer to what’s for dinner.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 50 M
  • 2
Sliced tomatoes with blueberries and crumbled feta scattered on top and a sprig of basil for garnish.

Blueberry and Tomato Salad

There’s a week or two midsummer when peak blueberry and tomato seasons overlap. You’ve been warned. Go.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Four homemade burger buns dusted with flour on grey paper.

Burger Buns

Beautiful burger buns. Were ever three words joined in such harmonious sequence? There’s a lot more lovely things to be said about these rich, pillowy specimens of bread awesomeness.

  • (17)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 60
A platter of quartered roasted potatoes on the grill, seasoned with pepper and rosemary.

Roasted Potatoes on the Grill

Making roasted potatoes on the grill magically means you can indulge your craving for roasted potatoes during sweltering summer without heating up the entire kitchen. You’re welcome.

  • (5)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 20
A little girl eating a strawberry ice pop.

Strawberry Ice Pops | Paletas de Fresa

You can imagine the expression of unabashed happiness that’s on the strawberry-smudged face that goes with the sweet little hand holding this popsicle.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19