Traci-in-Cali Profile - (10395721)

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Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Genealogy
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My Pasta Fagioli Soup
Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette
About this Cook
Hi I'm Traci... I started baking at an early age; it was fun making goodies for my brother and I. Now I like to cook and bake for my two grown boys and husband. Everyone has a sweet tooth so baked goodies don't last very long in our house! We also love seafood and I like to make "Seafood Cioppino" for a birthday or special occasion.
My favorite things to cook
"Seafood Cioppino", for desserts we all love cheesecake! I've made "Chantals New York Cheesecake" and "Fudge Truffle" cheesecake from this site! They are both awesome! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Whoever's birthday it is gets to pick their favorite dinner...
My cooking triumphs
Cooking all the food for my sister-in-law's baby shower...
My cooking tragedies
I forgot the garlic bread under the broiler and went upstairs to get ready for company; the smoke alarm was blaring when they arrived!..
Recipe Reviews 443 reviews
Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Wow! This is my favorite recipe for "Pineapple Upside-down Cake"... I'm surprised at some of the low reviews or those that said dry. I admit I used canned and maybe that's where the extra moisture came from but I'm wondering if some with problems with this recipe were from pineapple that wasn't ripe/juicy enough. I haven't had the "rum" since I don't usually have alcohol on hand but I've used rum extract (1/2 tsp) along with enough pineapple juice to equal a tablespoon... The brown butter flavor is what really sets this off along with the cardommon... I'm an experienced baker who know's what she likes so I used maraschino cherries in mine as well.. :) Thanks Chef John!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2014
Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
This was very good and easy to make; as always I add a bit more seasoning. I used a little garlic and thyme to my gravy and add a tiny dash of hot pepper to my beef. Served over pasta. I love Salisbury Steak, it's a nice comfort dish.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2014
Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
Well this was a very simple way to use up our cherry tomatoes, fresh off the vines... I did forget the sugar and I think it would have just made these a little better.. Thx

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2014
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