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.

Skewers of thinly sliced Thai-style grilled pork skewers on a metal tray in a street food vendor's cart

Thai-Style Grilled Pork Skewers | Moo Yang

We can certainly understand why street food catapulted into trendiness. Assuming, that is, it all tastes as soulful as these skewers that are hawked on seemingly every street in Thailand.

  • (5)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 19
A white plate topped with beet salad with goat cheese and honey and watercress leaves.

Beet Salad With Goat Cheese and Honey

Roast beets until sweet enough to be considered dirt candy. Plonk on a place with tangy goat cheese, peppery greens, and a generous drizzle of honey. Lunch is done.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 2
A bowl of five spice chicken wings.

Five-Spice Chicken Wings

Whatever the occasion, whether game day or late-night craving, these unconventionally spiced wings will handle your hankering.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 40 M
  • 2
Three and a half quick dill pickles, dill seed, and a sprig of dill on a decorative white plate.

Quick Dill Pickles

Or, as we like to say, quickles. And we mean quick not just in terms of how little time they take to make. But also in terms of how quickly they’ll disappear as you’re blissing out on them.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 6
A mason jar filled with iced coffee, a straw, and a leftover coffee ice cube sticking out the top.

Leftover Coffee Ice Cubes

Got leftover coffee in that pot? Don’t toss it in the sink. Pour it into ice cube trays, freeze, and simple as that, no more watered down iced coffee EVER.

  • (2)
  • 1 M
  • 1 M
  • 6
Two jars of peach and rhubarb jam with some peaches in the background and a plate with a piece of bread topped with the jam.

Peach and Rhubarb Jam

Tart rhubarb and sweet peaches collide in this ode to early summer that helps you recall better days even during the doldrums of winter…provided you can make it last that long.

  • Quick Glance
  • 2 H
  • 15 H
  • 0
Pieces of bayou fried shrimp in a paper towel-lined bowl.

Bayou Fried Shrimp

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

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 14
Two pouches of baked mushrooms in foil packets with a bowl of greens and another bowl of quinoa on the side.

Baked Mushrooms in Foil Packets

Embarrassingly easy. Enticingly aromatic. And unbelievably satisfying in terms of that beguiling umami-ness that defines mushrooms. Curious? You should be.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 7
A sliced jerk chicken breast on a round cutting board, with a man's hand holding a cleaver above it

Jerk Chicken

Yep, you can turn out authentic grilled jerk chicken that’s pretty much exactly like what you’d experience in the Caribbean. But at home.

  • (1)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 12
Three bottles of store homemade Sriracha sauce.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

The traditional and incendiary Thai condiment has incited quite the following. Here’s how to save yourself a trip to your local Asian market.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 7 D
  • 60