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.

Fish Tacos Recipe with Creamy Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

Okay, so this fish taco isn’t exaaaaaactly like what we’ve experienced in Baja. But it’s close. Close enough. Maybe even better.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 20

Lamb Chops Recipe With Cilantro and Mint Sauce

These lamb chops have a nifty little trick that works wonders at putting dinner on the table pronto while banishing boredom.

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  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 9

Potatoes with Mexican Chorizo | Papas con Chorizo Recipe

Easy, authentic, and awesome any time of day, whether accompanied by steaming hot coffee or cold cerveza.

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  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 4

Coca Cola Brisket Recipe

A Southern classic, 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
  • 45

Bayou Fried Shrimp Recipe

Say the word “bayou,” and we conjure romantic notions of swampy marshlands, banjo playing, and, natch, the best Cajun fried shrimp.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 10

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6

Baked Ricotta Recipe

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

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  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 28

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
  • 20

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 8 H, 5 M
  • 0

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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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