DeeCanCook Profile - (19199967)


Home Town: Staten Island, New York, USA
Living In: Brick, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My interest in cooking started with Giada DeLaurentis...I watched her shows while I was recuperating from surgery in April 2010. Now, I'm an avid fan of Food Network. Prior to "meeting" Giada, my dinners were eat-out, take-out or microwaved. My family is in shock....they thought it was a phase that would last until I returned to work...NOPE. Now I LOVE to cook. I've made homemade raviolis, fantastically delicious sausage & peppers, totally fab pot roast, chic rollatini (yum)and a healthy version of Alfredo sauce.... My kids actually ask me to cook their favorites! My mom is totally shocked....
My favorite things to cook
I love finding healthy ways to tweak recipes w/o losing the flavor. I really like experimenting with different recipes for the same protein; like ribs (no healthy way to make these :) and pot roast...luv to make different pastas and my new specialty, as per my kids, is Chili
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and my Nana are/were great Italian cooks. I still need to master the Sunday Gravy (pasta, which is called macaroni in my family and Nana's famous meatballs - she's gone now, but she gave me her recipe 20 years ago b/c she always thought I'd cook eventually...I'm sure she's looking down on me and she's very proud.
My cooking triumphs
Homemade raviolis (can not believe I actually made them...and they were good!)
My cooking tragedies
A peach-glazed chicken recipe I got husband said it was "gross".....he took 2 bites and then we ordered pizza. I think we didn't like one of the spices in the recipe but there were so many in it, I'm not sure which one??? Not really bad for someone who just started cooking!!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Best Ever Meatloaf with Brown Gravy
This recipe totally lived up to its absolutely was the Best Ever Meatloaf with Brown Gravy! The only thing I did different was add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce as so many reviewers suggested. All plates were scraped clean and they were looking for more! BTW - meatloaf is NOT a big hit at our house, but both hubby & son requested I make it again next week!!! Thank you Marbalet for this fabulous recipe!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2014
BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs
Made exactly as written; meatballs were FABULOUS! The sauce however was WAY, WAY, WAY TOO SWEET...had to balance it out before serving them to my way-too-picky husband. Will def make again, but will def cut sugar by at least half. Thanks 4 the recipe!!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2014
Brandy Chicken
I followed the recipe exactly, and while the chicken was nice & moist, the dish had absolutely no flavor. My 14-yr old asked if I forgot "the seasoning" and then doused it with tons of salt & pepper. Hubby said "well, at least the chicken is moist". I was so disappointed - I really wanted to like this dish as it was easy & I could have used another go-to chicken dish :(

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Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2014
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