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.

Pecorino Potato Chips Recipe

Homemade Potato Chips With Pecorino

Easy to make. Good with beer. Perfect for parties. Sorta makes us think we’re back in college. Beer pong, anyone?

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 4
Pickled Cherries Recipe

Pickled Cherries

An easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season that’s tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly addictive.

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 0
Coffee Ice Cubes Recipe

Leftover Coffee Ice Cubes

Got leftover coffee in that pot? Don’t toss it in the sink. Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. No more watery iced coffee ever.

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  • 1 M
  • 1 M
  • 4
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No sugar. No creepy preservatives. Nothing but blueberries, plain yogurt, honey, lemon juice, purple smiles, and requests for seconds.

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  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 5
Cardamom Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread

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
  • 2
French Onion Dip Recipe

Onion Dip

“The onion dip to end all onion dips.” “Sublime.” “Light years beyond those soup packets.” That’s what folks are saying about this dip.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Char Kway Teow Recipe

Char Kway Teow

Street food at its finest. (This is the real deal, straight from Malaysia by way of this recipe and your local Asian grocery store.)

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  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 6
Dukkah Recipe

Dukkah

We can’t stop sprinkling this everyday Egyptian magic over anything and everything. (Seriously. Someone send help.)

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  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
Dukkha Recipe with Eggs

Dukkah With Hard-Boiled Eggs

We wouldn’t want you to overlook the fact that the combination of hard-boiled eggs and dukkah is awesome with beer.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0
Crystallized Flowers Recipe

Crystallized Flowers

Can you just imagine these little lovelies strewn across cakes, tarts, flans, puddings, cocktails, and more?!

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H
  • 2
Paleo Granola Recipe

Paleo Granola

You won’t find a single rolled oat in this granola recipe. What you will find is sweetly crunchy and obscenely nutty goodness galore.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Red Lentil-Crusted Fried Fish Recipe

Red Lentil-Crusted Fried Fish

Far from penance, this lovely lentil-crusted fried fish is stealthy healthy as well as overtly impressive.

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  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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