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.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0

Campari Sorbet Recipe

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

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 4

Homemade Harissa Recipe

In the words of one of our recipe testers, “If this sauce is what Moroccan food is all about, then I’m all in.” Us, too.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Vegetarian Summer Rolls Recipe

We usurped traditional Vietnamese fillings with colorful and crunchy vegetables. Crazy good. And crazy good for you.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Cheese Crackers Recipe

Yup. We went there. To that homemade Cheez-It place. Go ahead. Admit it. You’re awfully glad that we did.

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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 16

Southern Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

A riff on English sticky toffee pudding, this southern rendition relies on a little down home rejiggering with cornmeal, apple butter, and sorghum syrup. Bet some bourbon on the side wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2

Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

This is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, for those keeping track of such things. But it’s also good enough for anyone to want a slice.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 6

Baked Ricotta Recipe

Entertaining gets no simpler than this rich, creamy, indulgent, elegant cheese spread made from three ingredients. Tasting is believing. Go on.

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  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 32

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork wrapped in bacon and roasted until crisp outside and tender inside. Easy. Economical. On the table in 45 minutes. Any objections?

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  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8
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