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.

Five half-moon pastries, Jamaican beef turnovers, on a stone plate, three bottles of beer

Jamaican Beef Turnovers

Patties. Pasties. Whatever you insist on calling these savory hand pies is of little consequence. It’s the taste that talks to us.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 12
Paleo Hot Cocoa Recipe

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

Rich, creamy, and divine. It also just happens to be paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and adult-approved.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 4 H
  • 0
Casserole dish with cooked sliced potatoes covered with cheese and sprinkled with thyme

Potatoes Dauphinoise

Potatoes. Cream. Cheese. And a French lineage. We really don’t think comfort food gets any more comfort-y than this.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
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
Tangerine Whiskey Sour Recipe

Tangerine Whiskey Sour

“A seriously lovely grown-up drink.” “Not my father’s whiskey sour!” That’s what folks are saying about this party-friendly punch.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Golf-ball size cheese balls with pretzel stems sitting on a wooden cheese board

Blue Cheese Balls

Birthday bashes. Cocktail parties. Thanksgiving dinner. Tuesday nights. These are but some occasions we’ve watched these disappear.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
Mushroom Miso Soup

Miso Ginger Dressing

Miso ginger dressing is a creamy, easy, rich, healthy, lovely dressing for vegetables, salads, fish, chicken, or just about anything else you can think to smother with it.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Southern Sticky Toffee Pudding

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.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
Mushroom Miso Soup

Mushroom Miso Soup

Mushroom miso soup. Quick. Easy. Healthy. Vegan. And yes, it tastes spectacular.

  • Quick Glance
  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 0
Sweet Potato Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 41
Tomatoes Provencal Recipe

Tomatoes Provençal

Is there anything as sweetly satisfying as heirloom tomatoes eaten raw over the sink? Probably not. But when you tire of that, there’s always this deeply satiating tactic.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 12
Best Dill Pickles Recipe

Quick Dill Pickles

Quick dill pickles. And we do mean quick. Not just in terms of how soon they disappear but in terms of how long—or short—you have to wait before you can crunch your way to happiness.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 6
Cherry Tomato Confit Recipe

Cherry Tomato Confit

This cherry tomato confit is sweet and easy and a lovely way of preserving summer. Here’s how to make it.

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