Traycee Profile - (1330311)

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Home Town: Wahoo, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I never used to be able to cook. Frozen burritos that I could microwave were a staple in my life. But just before I got married, I dabbled in selling Pampered Chef products. That forced me to learn to cook--and it made me realize how FUN cooking is! I no longer sell Pampered Chef products, but I still love cooking and baking!
My favorite things to cook
I've gotten very good at baking things, though I still usually go the easy route with a lot of desserts (boxed items). I make great quesadillas and a couple of different pasta sauces. I'd like to work my way up to hosting a large family gathering (e.g. Thanksgiving or Easter).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've only recently begun bringing my children into the kitchen with me when it's time to make holiday cookies, or just everyday cookies and brownies. I'm finding that it's a good way to work on my patience with them, as well as teaching them the basics I never learned until I was an adult.
My cooking triumphs
Kahlua and Cream Cheesecake! Yum! Yum! I always thought cheesecakes were so hard to make, but this was actually pretty easy--and it was a huge success! Also, I recently co-hosted a pasta cook-off with a brother-in-law, and we got RAVE reviews!!!
My cooking tragedies
My mother-in-law's recipe for quiche. I was still pretty new at cooking. I got a little creative and didn't pay attention to some key ingredients. I put in spicy sausage where it asked for regular breakfast sausage. I put in pepper-jack cheese instead of swiss. And (here's the big mistake) I got evaporated milk mixed up with condensed milk! So I had this sickeningly sweet AND ultra spicy quiche that didn't quite have the right consistency. My husband--being the good sport he is--asked for seconds, when I couldn't get past the first bite!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Apple Crisp IV
This recipe looked easiest and most similar to the version I grew up with. I ended up about 1 cup shy on the apples, and I'm amazed that people say it needs more! I think it was absolutely perfect the way I made it! I had trouble, after emptying my dish of it, tearing myself away from the pan--I just kept wanting to eat more! This one will be taken to family gatherings--thank you!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2006
Emergency Garlic Bread
Fast and easy! Just what we were looking for!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2005
Tiny Pecan Tarts
I made two separate batches of these tarts--they were AWFUL!!! I'm SO disappointed, as I was going to bring them to a "bake-off" at work--instead, I came empty handed. The tarts spilled way over onto the pan; and any that didn't spill over STILL couldn't be removed from the tart cups anyway! What I was able to remove was actually pretty flavorless. I've never been so disappointed with a recipe in my life!

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2001

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