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Vincent J. Marotta III

Vincent J. Marotta III
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Living In: Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a veteran of the United States NAVY Hospital Corps. I was privileged to be part of Operation Unified Response, humanitarian work for the Haiti earthquake tragedy. An artist through and through, I am a skilled illustrator who loves to draw people in action.
My favorite things to cook
I am so very busy. I love to cook or prepare food on the go, but I have a weakness for good barbecue. Being Sicilian myself, I enjoy many Italian foods with red wine. I am not a picky eater, but I despise broccoli and peas exclusively.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is an excellent cook, while my father is a persistent griller. Even though divorced, both my parents insist on serving every major meal they create for me with either broccoli or peas, despite knowing my dislike of both. I think they like it when I make a scene.
My cooking triumphs
Recently my younger sister got married. Despite enduring my mother's negative judgment of me, and why it is my younger sister is getting married before me, we spent many hours preparing and cooking for her whole wedding. Anyone knows cooking for that many people is no easy task, but the food was fantastic and it really brought the two families closer while we danced in our drunken stupor. lol
My cooking tragedies
I have many tragedies from when I was younger, but here are the funniest: I warmed up some Olive Garden bread in the microwave, while it was covered in tinfoil. I preheated an oven with a wooden chopping board still inside. I used salt instead of sugar to make cookies for my nephew's kindergarten class. I dropped a hot breakfast on my gf while she was still in bed (and naked). I "touched" said girlfriend after chopping habanero peppers. Later I got blisters because I forgot to wear gloves.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Chicken Tikka Masala
Simply the best chicken...ANYTHING I've ever tried. It literally left me speechless. The only flaw, and I mean the ONLY flaw, is its portion! What you see in my attached picture is ALL of the food created! It seems any Indian food I make tastes amazing, yet comes in Weight-Watchers portion sizes...which is an insult to my empty belly. Also the cost is a bit pricey: Three chicken breast alone cost me about $9.00, and never mind the cost of the Heavy Cream. This means anyone eating on a budget should probably find something a bit cheaper and less time-consuming. However for you lucky few who is willing to put the time and effort into making this meal, you're in for some of the best chicken Indian food imaginable. The sauce was so good, I dipped bread in it just so I could consume it all! The only changes I made to this recipe was I used 2 tsp of salt in step 1, and completely omitted all salt from step 4 (I added a pinch or two while serving until it met my desired taste). Because I was cooking for my grandmother who is spice-sensitive, I cut the amount of cumin and cayenne pepper by half a tablespoon. I also didn't put any jalapeno pepper in it at all. Regardless of these changes, it was still incredible. I will make this for friends and my current girlfriend when we get into an argument, but otherwise I might try a more time-efficient, budget-friendly option. I can assure you, however, that whatever it'll won't taste nearly as good as this meal did!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2013
Gobble Up Granola Snacks
Very delicious. I had a hard time keeping it together, so I just ate it apart all the same! I added some sea salt to help mimic a granola bar I've had in the past, and it really brought the treat together. The idea to add honey and cinnamon as well is a must. At the store these ingrediants are cheat (except the honey), so I'll be making lots for family and friends in the future. Thank you for this recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2013
Irish Steaks
I wasn't too impressed with these steaks. The Irish whiskey gave it a flavor that was reminiscent of cooked mushrooms (which was nice). The flavor might be improved more if it were allowed to maranade in something. The consensus of the household was it was better than regular skillet-cooked steaks, but that's not saying very much. My mother loved the recipe, so I'll be sure to cook a few more steaks for her, and something else for myself.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2013

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