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.

Red Pozole Recipe

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

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  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 18

How to Make Dried Orange Peel

An easy technique lands you a stash of dried citrus to fancy up all manner of everyday cooking and baking.

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  • 5 M
  • 3 D
  • 0

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

The best vegetarian chili recipe we’ve ever tried. Even better, it’s easy to make, just spicy enough, and can even be made in the slow cooker.

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  • 45 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 8

Cashew Milk Recipe

We’re convinced this is the best cashew milk recipe on the planet. Includes dates for sweetness and is perfect in coffee.

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  • 5 M
  • 8 H, 5 M
  • -

Vegan Miso Soup Recipe

A Japanese classic turned vegan, this miso soup is so quick and lovely we suspect no one will ever notice the difference.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Johnnycakes Recipe

Make no mistake, pancakes they are not. Johnnycakes are lighter and crunchier and grittier and arguably best drenched in butter and maple syrup.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich, creamy, and divine. It also just happens to be paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and adult-approved.

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  • 15 M
  • 4 H
  • 0

Best Negroni Recipe

We upended the proportions of gin, vermouth, and Campari to create a better, stiffer, spiffier negroni cocktail.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0

Fennel, Orange, and Watercress Salad Recipe

This fennel, orange, and watercress salad recipe is a quick and easy side dish for a family dinner or special occasion.

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0

Carnitas Recipe

This Mexican carnitas recipe is authentic braised and fried pork that’s fall-apart-tender pork goodness ready for tacos.

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  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 74

Roasted Tzimmes Recipe

This is not the sweet, gooey tzimmes of your childhood. Nope. So don’t be surprised when that old familiar flavor pales in comparison.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • -

Cream Cheese Rugelach Recipe

“Transcendent” is how the author describes these rugelach. We’d like to add “flaky,” “tender,” and “perfect” to the list of apt adjectives.

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  • 40 M
  • 2 H
  • 18

Tangerine Whiskey Sour Recipe

“A seriously lovely grown-up drink.” “Not my father’s whiskey sour!” That’s what folks are saying about this party-friendly punch.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2

Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Pie Crust

GF? Yep. Paleo? Yeah, that too. Devoid of anything that would offend a vegan? Check. Talk about a recipe for a happy Thanksgiving.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
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