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.

A glass bowl filled with Campari sorbet on a white marble countertop.

Campari Sorbet

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

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 4
Two individual servings of chocolate mouse in glass tumblers served on a small plate with a silver spoon resting beside.

Chocolate Mousse

This sophisticated chocolate fix draws on just three ingredients, comes together in minutes, and is satiating beyond belief.

  • (3)
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 21
Cardboard container filled with french fries covered in melted cheese curds

Poutine

Thankfully for those of us wanting (needing?) to satiate our craving for the obscenely indulgent Canadian classic known as poutine, it’s no longer something that mandates a pilgrimage.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 6
A white bowl of red pozole--a soup made with hominy, pork or chicken, and chiles

Red Posole | Pozole Rojo

In Nahuatl, pozole means “make a big batch of this on the weekend and reheat during the week after soccer practice.” (Not really.)

  • (4)
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 26
A bowl of slow cooker applesauce with two spoons nearby

Slow Cooker Applesauce

This recipe is gonna change your mind about store-bought applesauce. And not just because it lets you use your slow cooker and walk away. Wait’ll you taste it.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 4
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Feta Salad

There’s a lot to like here. The caramelized sweetness of sweet potatoes and onions. The salty and tangy creaminess of feta. And the knowing that you’re doing something decent for yourself without it tasting like penance.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 15