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.

Whiskey and Fig Gelato Recipe

Whiskey and Fig Gelato

This unexpected yet enticing melding of sweet and smoky makes for a sassy summer dessert you’ll be craving year round.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 6 H
  • 4
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This eggplant Parmesan isn’t exactly traditional, and we consider that a darn good thing. We defy you to try it and not like it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
Yogurt, Feta, Olive Dip Recipe

Feta Dip

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to invite folks over this summer, here it is. Less than 10 minutes from start to wipe-the-creamy-dip-from-your-lips.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 8
Roast Pork Tacos Recipe

Pork Tacos

Almost as good as cramming tacos from a street cart in your piehole late at night with pork juice dripping from your elbow.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 9 H
  • 2
Mean Shandy Recipe

Mean Shandy

What, pray tell, is a Mean Shandy, you ask? Think of a regular shandy with a spirited streak. There you have it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4
Homemade Espresso-Maple Smoked Bacon Recipe

Homemade Maple-Espresso Bacon

When David decides to DIY bacon, he really decides to DIY bacon. Seriously, folks. You gotta taste his take on cured pig.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 7 D, 4 H
  • 18
Fried Catfish Recipe

Fried Catfish

Make no mistake, there are umpteen approaches to frying catfish. None is necessarily right or wrong. But this one is superlative.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
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
  • 21
Grated Carrot Salad Recipe

Grated Carrot Salad

Yoohoo, you who’s trying to eat more healthfully, start cramming carrots in your pieholes 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
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