Melissa Maedgen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Melissa Maedgen has tested.

Melissa Maedgen

Melissa Maedgen owes much of her passion for cooking and gardening to her parents. Like her mom and dad, Melissa is fond of improvisational cooking, with a focus on fresh produce from her garden or from local growers. She enjoys cooking outdoors, sometimes in a particularly rustic manner, such as roasting a goat on a spit (actually just a piece of rebar) over a fire in a field in Texas. She was raised to be a DIYer, so she often makes her own tofu or beer. Melissa's been following Leite's Culinaria from way, way back (circa 2001), when she studied Portuguese and by extension developed an interest in Brazilian and Portuguese food. She became a tester in 2009. She loves testing because it gets her cooking foods she might not otherwise make, and often she's pleasantly surprised and learns a new trick or two.

Pickled Eggs Recipe

Pickled Eggs

If you’re a pickled eggs virgin, you’re in for something quite special—and not just because these little lovelies are so pretty in pink.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
Grated Carrot Salad Recipe

Grated Carrot Salad

Yoohoo, you who’s trying to eat more healthfully, start cramming carrots in your pie holes with this satisfying little number.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Red Pozole Recipe

Red Pozole | Pozole Rojo

In Nahuatl, pozole means “make a big batch of this on the weekend and reheat during the week after soccer practice.” (Not really.)

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 4
Bucatini all’Amatriciana Recipe

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

All’Amatriciana—go on, roll that “r” like they do in Italy—means a spicy pasta sauce of tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Prego.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
Homemade Pastrami Recipe

Homemade Pastrami

Pastrami. We consider it the other corned beef. We also consider it darn easy to make it yourself.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 5 D, 7 H
  • 18
Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes Recipe

Cilantro-Jalapeño Latkes

These unconventional latkes are gonna rock your world. They’re lovely at all times of day and on all occasions.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 6
Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Homemade Ketchup

Why make homemade ketchup? Because you can. And, as David explains, because no one can tell you that you shouldn’t. No one.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 33
Fish Tacos with Creamy Cabbage Slaw Recipe

Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

Okay, so this fish taco isn’t exaaaaaactly like what we’ve experienced in Baja. But it’s close. Close enough. Maybe better.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 12
Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jerk Chicken

Cue the Red Stripe and the reggae, cuz this fast and easy flavor paste makes grilled jerk chicken that’s the real deal.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 9
Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

Grilled Flank Steak With Chile Spice Rub

If you can master this über basic recipe, you can grill a steak waaaaay better than any of your friends. Promise.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 0
Chile Garlic Sauce Recipe

Chile Garlic Sauce | Nga Yoke Thee Achin

Man does not live by hot sauce alone. That’s why this authentic Burmese hot sauce also has notes of tart and sweet.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
Baked Ricotta Recipe

Baked Ricotta

Easy peasy entertaining gets no simpler than this rich, creamy, indulgent, elegant cheese spread. Tasting is believing. Go on.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 14
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