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.

Salmon burgers in a cast-iron skillet, beside a plate with a salmon patty on a bun, topped with Sriracha mayo, avocado, and diced red onion.

Salmon Burgers

Just in time for National Salmon Day. If you’re craving a burger (always!?) but also wanting some measure of healthiness, then here’s our solution. Craving satisfied.

A wire rack with a blueberry coffee cake and 2 slices on it, glazed and with a spoon sitting beside it.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Breakfast, snack, dessert–blueberry coffee cake does all that and more. Full of berries and topped with sweet glaze, you’re going to love it.

A white plate with a soup spoon and 2 slices of grainy bread, with a small white bowl filled with Jerusalem artichoke soup garnished with thyme, truffle oil, and Jerusalem artichoke chips.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

If you’re not already in love with Jerusalem artichokes, we suggest you start with this soup–velvety, nutty, and earthy. Divine.

Super moist apple cake on a jadeite cake stand.

Super Moist Apple Cake

What makes this apple cake so incredibly moist that it stands out from the rest? Lots of things, including a lovely swirl of cream poured on top of the batter and baked right in.

Honey-Ginger Apple Tarts

Apples, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey give these croustades, or tarts, their outrageously autumnal flair. The crispy, flaky pastry isn’t bad, either.

A cut sheet pan taco bake in a rimmed sheet pan topped with pico de gallo and sour cream.

Sheet Pan Taco Bake

Taco meets casserole in this clever and crowd-pleasing approach to perfectly seasoned tacos.

A sliced loaf of hummingbird loaf cake, beside a glass dish of butter and a butter knife.

Hummingbird Loaf Cake

Hummingbird cake is as sweet as it sounds. This snacky, loaf pan version is made with whole wheat flour but still adores a smear of cream cheese icing.

Five chocolate orange cupcakes with swirls of chocolate frosting on top.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Nothing says lovin’ from the oven quite like not-too-sweet chocolate cupcakes smothered with even more chocolate in the form of a not-too-sweet bittersweet frosting.

A white platter filled with slices of tofu covered in a dark sauce, sesame seeds, and chives, beside a plate of dumplings, a spoon filled with sesame seeds, and a pair of chopsticks.

Char Siu Tofu

A richly flavored, sweet, and savory tofu dish that will make a tofu-lover out of anyone. It’s true–be prepared to share.

2 dark chocolate sandwich cookies filled with white cream filling, leaning against a glass of milk.

Whoopie Pies

This updated version of Devil Dogs is chocolate-y, cake-y cookies sandwiching a creamy, vanilla-y filling.