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.

Campari Sorbet Recipe

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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?

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8

How To Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Knowing how to make coconut whipped cream is a lovely and satisfyingly fluffy paleo trick that we think everyone can get behind.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 2

Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup Recipe

The spiciness of red curry paste and the sweetness of sweet potatoes and heartiness of lentils and the tanginess of lime in a single beautiful bowl of deliciousness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Rich. Buttery. Creamy. Vanilla-y. Just what you’d expect of butter pecan ice cream. Just what you’ll get from this recipe.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 9 H
  • 0

Adobo Sauce Recipe

Perhaps best known for being the earthy sauce that bathes chipotle peppers in a can, adobo is an easy and authentic Mexican staple. And it couldn’t be easier to make at home. Here’s how.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2

Homemade Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Everyone needs a homemade cocktail sauce for shrimp that’s spicy with a wallop of horseradish and chili sauce. Just as God intended.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 0

Korean BBQ Sauce

This Korean BBQ sauce is as easy and as authentic as can be. It’s also sticky, sweet, spicy, gingery, garlicky, and exponentially more spectacular than anything store-bought.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
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