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.

Four glasses of michelada on a wooden board with a lime wedge in between them.

Michelada

The customary morning-after equivalent of a Bloody Mary in Mexico—except this is lighter, less tomato-y, and all around lovelier.

A bowl of caramelized onion ramen with chile, choy sum, and soft boiled egg.

Caramelized Onion and Chile Ramen

French onion soup meets veggie ramen in this inspired hybrid from Meera Sodha. Flavored with sake, miso, chiles, and piles of caramelized onions, it’s revelatory.

  • Quick Glance
  • 0
Wooden bowl of octopus with paprika, bowl of paprika, cruet of olive oil

Octopus With Paprika

Octopus with paprika, aka pulpo a la Gallega, is pretty much ubiquitous at bars and restaurants in Spain. There’s a reason for that.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
A green bowl filled with sautéed bacon, mushrooms, and lentils with a whole piece of bacon on top.

Sautéed Bacon, Mushrooms, and Lentils

It may seem criminal to bathe the walloping nutrition of lentils and mushrooms in anything but wholesomeness, but there’s something to be said for quality of life. Hello, bacon!

  • (10)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 42
Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
A plate with a trio of deviled eggs - horseradish deviled egg, truffled deviled egg, and smoked salmon deviled egg.

A Trio of Deviled Eggs

Irresistible. That’s what we think of this array of deviled eggs, which come in classic, smoked salmon, and lightly truffled. Better than mom’s.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 1
A loaf of paleo banana bread on a round metal trivet with one slice cut from it.

Paleo Banana Bread

This is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, for those keeping track of such things. But it’s also awesome enough for anyone to fall for it.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 19