Melissa Maedgen, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Melissa Maedgen has tested.

Melissa Maedgen

Melissa Maedgen owes her passion for cooking and gardening to her parents. Like her mom and dad, she's fond of improvisational cooking with a focus on fresh produce from her garden or from local farmers. She enjoys cooking outdoors, sometimes in a particularly rustic manner—she once roasted a goat on a spit (actually just a piece of rebar) over a fire in a field in Texas. Maedgen was raised to be a DIYer, so she often makes her own tofu or beer. She's been following Leite's Culinaria since 2001, when she was studying Portuguese and developed an interest in Brazilian and Portuguese food. She became a tester in 2009 and loves that she gets to cook foods she might not otherwise make.

Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

The secret to these knee-wobblingly tender little lovelies? Roast ’em low and slow and then toss ’em on the grill for a spell.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 14

Deep-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce Recipe

Distinctly Thai, this deep-fried tofu with peanut sauce is gonna make you think of tofu like you’ve never, ever thought of it before.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Tofu Adobo Recipe

If you’re not already familiar with the sorta-but-not-too-fiery sauce known as adobo, trust us, you’re going to want to slather it on everything. Even tofu.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 4 H
  • 0

Potato and Chickpea Stew Recipe

Hearty and healthy and pretty darn satisfying, too.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4

Pie Crust S’mores Recipe

Pie crust s’mores, you ask? They’re simply the little scraps of pastry that you might otherwise toss in the trash—heaven forbid!—but instead put to lovely, gooey, chocolate-smothered goodness.

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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 0

Coca Cola Brisket Recipe

This heartachingly tender brisket draws on just four ingredients, including a can of Coca Cola. Tasting is, truly, understanding.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 76

Broiled Tofu Recipe

Tofu may not seem sexy at first glance but this quick and easy technique is seductive as heck when you need dinner done pronto. Here’s how to pull it off flawlessly.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Mexican Spaghetti Recipe | Sopa Seca de Fideo

This Mexican spaghetti, or sopa seca de fideo, is mindblowingly seductive and authentic as heck. Translated literally, it means “dry soup with noodles,” and it’s soooo much better than it sounds.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Commercial tartar sauce tends to be crammed full of sugar and corn syrup and preservatives. Not this little homemade lovely.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 22

Gochujang Recipe

Got gochujang? If not, you need to drop everything and try this simple recipe for the authentic homemade Korean chile paste with a sweet heat as well as some serious umami.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4

Gluten-Free Wheat Thins Recipe

Yep. You won’t even miss the wheat in these crackers thanks to our gluten-free whole-grain flour blend, which provides all the characteristic crunch and sweet nuttiness of the Nabisco original.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 1 H
  • 0

Jam Bars Recipe

Sweet and crumbly and gooey and all around lovely. That’s what we think of these spectacular—and spectacularly easy—jam bars.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 8

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe With Coconut Milk

Easy, healthy, vegan, paleo. But more importantly, it’s so incredibly complex, rich, and velvety smooth you’ll go wobbly in the knees. And so simple you may just make it a weeknight staple.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0

Campari Sorbet Recipe

Sweet and tart and sophisticated and stunning and almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 4
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