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.

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
  • 38
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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 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.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 0
Potato and Chickpea Stew

Potato and Chickpea Stew

Yet another failproof recipe from Deborah Madison that’s hearty and healthy and satisfying beyond words.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6
A bowl of creamy New England clam chowder with clams, potatoes, leeks, shallots, cream, and chives

New England Clam Chowder

This New England clam chowder recipe, put simply, is a classic. No other way to say it, no other way to make it.

  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 19
A bowl of roasted curried cauliflower mixed with onions and topped with cilantro

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

After tasting this richly spiced yet surprisingly nuanced recipe we asked them to try, someone suggested we change our name to “Leite’s Cauliflower.” Hmmm…

  • 35 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
Spicy Snowflake Cookies

Spicy Snowflake Cookies

Christmas cookies that are as dramatic to behold as they are delicious to nosh. Swear. From everyone’s favorite food scientist, Shirley O. Corriher

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
Apple Cider Glaze

Spicy Apple Cider-Mustard Glaze

Savory, spicy, tangy, and oh so easy, this sticky apple cider glaze is the essence of autumn. Gussies up all manner of chicken and pork.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 0