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.

Three bowls of vegan mango ice cream topped with mango slices.

Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Creamy. Indulgent. Easy. Healthy. Just three ingredients. And no ice cream maker required. (What are you waiting for?!)

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
A white oval platter filled with Greek salad, with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, and feta.

Greek Salad

As easy and traditional as classic Greek salad. But with a subtle twist that’s gonna have you coming back to this recipe again and again and again.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2
Carrot Hot Dog

Carrot Hot Dog

The taste of this life-changing (we exaggerate not) carrot hot dog is going to upend everything you thought you knew about being vegan.

  • 30 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 30
Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade Thin Mints

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

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 14
A vension burger with cheese, pickles, and arugula on a wooden board

Venison Burgers

This ridiculously juicy, superlatively sweet stack will have you hankering for a Bambi burger long after deer season ends.

  • 10 M
  • 20 M
  • 23
Three grilled artichoke halves, some lemon wedges, and dip on a wooden peel

Grilled Artichokes

Simple and stunning. That’s what we expect outta any side that we pull off the grill. These artichokes deliver all that—and then some.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 2
Two Mason jars filled with pickled eggs in beat brine

Pickled Eggs

If you’re a pickled eggs virgin, you’re in for something quite special—and not just because these little lovelies are so spectacularly pretty in pink.

  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 23
A deep baking dish lined with parchment and filled with baked ricotta

Baked Ricotta

Entertaining gets no simpler than this rich, creamy, indulgent, elegant cheese spread made from three ingredients. Tasting is believing. Go on.

  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 42
A veggie grilled cheese sandwich sliced in half on a glass platter

Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make veggies less yawn-inducing by stealthily sneaking them into this good-for-you grilled cheese sammie. Eating your veggies never tasted so sinful.

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  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
A jar of celery marmalade with a spoon in it and several types of cheese in the background

Celery Marmalade

Weird, we know. But it uses up all that leftover celery languishing in your veggie bin. And it goes SPECTACULARLY with cheese. You’re welcome.

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  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 0
A white bowl filled with crispy fried sage leaves

Fried Sage Leaves

Proof that you really can fry anything and make it vastly better. They make an easy, elegant hors d’oeuvres for any assemblage of folks who appreciate fine cuisine.

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  • 5 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Ten bags of spiced popcorn with assorted flavors

Spiced Popcorn

Movie-watching must. Nostalgic nosh. Low-calorie something to satisfy. Sexy little something to knock back with cocktails as a pre-dinner party teaser. Popcorn has its moods. This recipe fits them all.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0