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.

Crystallized Flowers Recipe

Crystallized Flowers

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Homemade Thin Mints Recipe

Homemade Thin Mints

Tired of waiting and waiting and waiting for your boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints to arrive? Not with this trusty little recipe.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 0
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make veggies less yawn-inducing by stealthily sneaking them into this good-for-you grilled cheese sammie. Go on. Eat your veggies.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Poutine Recipe

Poutine

Thankfully for those of us seeking to satiate our craving for obscenely indulgent Canadian poutine, it’s no longer a little-known entity.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 6
North Arican-Style Chicken Soup Recipe

North African Chicken Soup

We wish we always had a stash of this chicken soup recipe in the fridge to take to lunch as a soothing respite in the day.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 0
Perfect Baked Bacon Recipe

Perfect Baked Bacon

Sometimes, though the love of pig is there, you just don’t have it in you to stand at the stove tending to batch after batch of bacon.

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  • 5 M
  • 25 M
  • 26
Rum Balls Recipe

Rum Balls

Who could possibly say no when offered one of these homemade and inebriating edibles? Certainly not us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Spiced Pecans Recipe

Spiced Pecans

“Super easy.” “Great with beer.” “Disappear fast.” “Yummy!” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 0
Coffee Creme Brûlée Recipe

Coffee Crème Brûlée | Crème Brûlée au Café

Says David Lebovitz, “I’ve actually had friends lift their gratin dish and lick it clean—right at the table!” Good enough for us.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 9
Frito Pie Recipe

Frito Pie

Rite of passage as well as rite of tailgating, Frito Pie is legendary. In case you’d forgotten about it, here’s proof.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
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