Cindy Zaiffdeen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Cindy Zaiffdeen has tested.

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.

  • (15)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 56
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.

  • (4)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 18
Two stacks of cornmeal griddle cakes on a patterned plate.

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Shirttail cousins to corn bread, these savory cakes wooed and wowed us with their crisped edges, ethereally airy interior, and pantry-friendly frugality.

  • (12)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 53
One ultra-thin chocolate chunk cookie resting against a roll of wax paper.

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A theatrical departure from the norm, these diaphanous beauties shatter dramatically as they deliver untold caramelized, bittersweet chocolate goodness.

  • (5)
  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 20
A partially sliced loaf of buttermilk sandwich bread on a wooden cutting board with a bread knife lying beside it.

Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

A fast-rising home-baked white sandwich loaf that tastes–dare we say it?–better than mom’s. Way better. And just wait ’til you toast it.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 30
A glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, made with layers of sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and ice cubes with a coffee drip over it.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Ca Phe Sua Da

A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here’s how to succumb at home.

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 28
Three golden-brown pan-roasted pork chops

Pan Roasted Pork Chops

Perfect. The best brine I’ve ever had. Oh. My. God. That’s just a few of the things we’re hearing about this simple weeknight supper solution.

  • (6)
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • 25
A trussed classic roast chicken on a rack, set inside a skillet.

Classic Roast Chicken

Succulent. Crisp-skinned. Simple. If that’s what you seek in a roast hen, your search stops with this ooh- and aah-inducing technique.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 55 M
  • 18