DKBECK Profile - (18134641)

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Home Town: ,, Michigan, USA
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Member Since: Jun. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a full time wife and mother and part time nurse practitioner. I learned to cook out of my love to eat. I have many hobbies: cross-stitch, quilting, making bead jewelry, hiking, and backpacking. I would love to learn how to knit and have the time to go canoeing. As my boys grow, I try to instill the love of the great outdoors, so we can backpack as a family in the future.
My favorite things to cook
Lately, I've been getting into middle eastern dishes. I've been enjoying new spice combinations that indian and middle eastern dishes have. And I can never get enough asian food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sticky buns on Christmas morning--it just isn't Christmas without them! And to cut the prep time, I converted the dough recipe and throw it into the bread machine on the dough cycle.
My cooking triumphs
When hosting the appetizer course during a progressive dinner, one guest commented, "I didn't know you were a gourmet cook!"
My cooking tragedies
Was it the decadent bundt cake that came out of the pan in crumbles? Or the rice that was hard and crunchy after 10 hours in the crock pot? Or the dry, tasteless chicken in a stir fry? Or the triangular hockey pucks I thought would be scones? Too many tragedies to list here....
Recipe Reviews 129 reviews
Blackberry Muffins
Really good! Good, chewy texture around delicious plump berries! Any berry or diced fruit could be used with this muffin recipe. We found these muffins sweet enough without the sugar sprinkled on top...

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Reviewed On: Aug. 31, 2013
Scottish Oat Scones
A really good basic recipe. Not too sweet, nice density, love the oats in it. Good as is, but options for add-ins are endless.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2013
Snow Flake Cocoa
I really dislike giving negative reviews, but I wasn't fond of this recipe. I agree with another reviewer who said it tasted like warm vanilla ice cream. And it is extremely rich. I was able to salvage it by adding more milk (I only made a 1/2 batch to begin with), 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, and candycanes for stirring. My whole family enjoyed it that way! I'll make it again (without the cream) and peppermint for a holiday treat...

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2012

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