Nadine Bonda, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Nadine Bonda has tested.

Nadine Bonda has loved to cook ever since her first dinner party when she decided to make fritters, got the oil too hot, and flames spread to the curtains. Following that evening, she vowed that her future dinner parties would be memorable for the food, not the mishaps. That said, every time she has friends for dinner, she makes one dish she has never made before. She says that keeps her experimenting with new food ideas.

Nadine has a vast collection of cookbooks and she has read every one cover to cover. She shamelessly asks friends for the recipes of food they serve her that she would like to add to her collection, and she reciprocates by sharing her recipes.

Nadine has been a Leite’s Culinaria tester since 2017 and loves the opportunity to move outside of her comfort zone and try recipes she otherwise might not have.

No-Churn Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

No-Churn Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

We can’t get enough of this creamy, nutty no-churn ice cream that’s dotted with mini peanut butter cups. We’re willing to bet you’ll feel the same way about it.

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.

A round dish filled with Ukrainian garlic bread rolls, topped with garlic-parsley oil

Ukrainian Garlic Bread ~ Pampushky

These pillowy garlic bread rolls, which are slathered with garlic-parsley oil, are just one of many delights that Ukrainian cuisine has to offer.

A pile of homemade caramel-coconut oreos and a glass of milk

Homemade Caramel-Coconut Oreos

Dark chocolate cookies, creamy caramel filling, and coconut collide in spectacular fashion to create the ultimate sandwich cookie.

Five sweet potato patties stacked on a plate with a dollop of crème fraîche on top and a fork on the side.

Sweet Potato Patties

Prepare to be wowed by these crispy panko-crusted mashed sweet potato cakes. We certainly were.

A mason jar with tomato chips spilling out

Tomato Chips

Got some less-than-stellar winter grape tomatoes to use up? Or even a glut of summer ones? These easy tomato chips are our new favorite snack.

Three plates, each with an easy cinnamon knot on it

Easy Cinnamon Knots

Soft buttery pastry, sweet cinnamon-y filling, and a burst of dried fruit. Now, THESE are the kind of knots we all need.

A dozen hazelnut thyme matchsticks in a glass

Hazelnut Thyme Matchsticks

Hazelnut thyme matchsticks are thin, crisp crackers made with ground hazelnuts, cheese, and butter. The matchsticks are perfect with soup or as a snack.

A pile of crescent-shaped cookies on a platter with greenery and Christmas ornaments on the side.

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city’s fancier pastries as our fave.

Several of Dorie Greenspan's rugelach tumbling our of a jar

Dorie Greenspan’s Rugelach

These butter and cream cheese pastries are filled with cinnamon-sugared nuts, a slick of jam, currants, and a handful of chopped chocolate.

Coconut shrimp on a big sheet of paper towel with a glass bowl of mango habanero salsa.

Coconut Shrimp

Two types of coconut make these shrimp something to crave. Crispy, chewy, sweet, and juicy, they make a perfect appetizer or entrée.

Thankful butterscotch cake in close-up with a large piece cut out and a slice in the foreground.

Thankful Butterscotch Cake

What’s with the thankfulness, you ask? For starters, this sleek, sophisticated, tender-crumbed cake smothered in butterscotch and stacked to the heavens.

Key lime slice and bake cookies garnished with lime zest beside slices of lime, all on a sheet of parchment paper.

Key Lime Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Cookie dough that can be made in advance and then sliced and baked whenever you want? And they taste like Key lime pie? Yes, please!