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.

Several halves of tomato Provençal on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

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.

  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • 12
A stack of johnnycakes on a white plate topped syrup and butter.

Johnnycakes

Make no mistake, pancakes they are not. Johnnycakes are lighter and crunchier and grittier and arguably best drenched in butter and maple syrup.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 2
A spinach tomato mushroom burger between two toasted bun halves on a brown plate.

Spinach, Tomato, and Mushroom Burger

“A keeper.” That’s what people are saying about this portobello mushroom burger piled high with garlicky spinach and marinated tomatoes.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A red woven basket with a pile of buttermilk onion rings

Buttermilk Onion Rings

Crisp on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside, these buttermilk onion rings are going to ruin all over onion rings for you.

  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
An oval platter topped with a tangle of spaghetti and raw tomatoes with a fork and spoon resting in the pasta.

Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it’s most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.

  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 33
A white bowl of sweet pickle relish with a spoon with a wooden handle in it

Sweet Pickle Relish

So long, Vlasic. Once you try your hand at making your own sweet relish, you can cross one more condiment off your shopping list.

  • 45 M
  • 1 D
  • 10
A blue bowl filled with grilled pineapple salsa on a platter with tortilla chips., beer, and lime wedges.

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

A quick summer fixer-upper for plain grilled chicken or fish for those nights when turning on the stove just seems like too much.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 30 M
  • 0
An eggplant kebab on a pita with a lemon wedge, garlic sauce, spinach leaves, red onion, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, and cabbage.

Eggplant Kebabs

An entertaining-worthy dinner that’s most magnificent during the height of summer. No turning on the stove required.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A glass jar filled with green sauce with a spoon resting inside.

Green Sauce

Dubbed “magic sauce,” this zingy green sauce lends an exaggerated oomph to just about anything. Watch how quickly it disappears and you’ll understand the magic.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
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
  • 32
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