DEVALEENA Profile - (18355378)

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Home Town: Franklin Square, New York, USA
Living In: New York, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a 30-year old attorney living in New York City with very little time or incentive to cook. I have been trying to cook at least once or twice a week. Living in such a foodie city, I love to eat!
My favorite things to cook
I like making all types of food, including indian, italian, asian, old-school american, etc. I make a mean turkey burger and oven baked fries (though my husband has gotten to be a pro) and have a signature rice and beans dish. Recently, my husband and I have been more ambitious and cooking restuarant-style meals at home -- steak, duck, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I started a tradition of cooking Christmas Eve meals at home (even though neither one of us is Christian!) and opening our presents one by one. Instead of one big gift, we get small, thoughtful gifts so the gift-opening and eating lasts all night!
My cooking triumphs
I finally succeeded in making a yummy cheesecake! Also, I've learned how to make my own tomato sauce so I've been able to cook quite delicious eggplant and chicken parmesan.
My cooking tragedies
Too numerous to list. My favorite type of food is Indian (both my husband and I are South Asian) yet I have never once made a decent curry (unless I use a box mix). I once made a simple but what I thought decent indian meal for my in-laws. Turns out my mother-in-law hated what I made and the lack of variety, so I consider this a true tragedy.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Potato and Shiitake Mushroom Gratin
This was great as a side dish to steak. I used fat free half-and-half, a parmesan/pecorino-romano blend, and only shiitake mushrooms (only because I did not have any other types of mushrooms). The step involving boiling off the chicken broth from the mushrooms was surprisingly worth it as it added a layer of flavor to the dish. Next time I may try light cream instead of heavy cream.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2007
Smokin' Scovilles Turkey Chili
Very tasty, hearty and spicy chili. I even used ground turkey breast and it tasted good! I did make a few changes -- I did not add the hot chocolate mix or the liquid smoke. I also didn't have chili powder so i subbed cajun spices, which made it very spicy so I omitted the hot sauce. Finally, I used chicken broth instead of beer. I'm not convinced it has to be simmered for 50 minutes.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2006
Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf
Very good basic recipe. I did make a few changes -- I added one chopped onion, fresh chopped garlic, and two teaspoons of poultry seasoning. I also used less cheese and worchestire sauce rather than ketchup. It came out very moist and tasty. I have always been skeptical of typical "american" food but I really enjoyed this!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2006

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