For our January feature, we are thrilled to feature Becky in Wisconsin. Becky, a Food.com chef since 2006, always has a smile on her face and believes the kitchen is the heart of any home.
You’re from Wisconsin. What cold-weather comfort dishes do you recommend? Being from a state with cooler temperatures, my oven gets a total workout. The best thing to make to keep us warm is chili.
Have you always enjoyed cooking? I helped my mom out in the kitchen at a young age and my interest in cooking grew over the years. When I first moved in with my husband, he was quite the willing participant for sampling new recipes. Now I own a pasty (pronounced pass-tee) shop in Upper Michigan and am doing what I love — making people happy with food.
You like experimenting with new foods. What’s been on your plate lately? Shark. My husband is into bodybuilding and read an article that shark was a good protein. So, being a little adventurous, he bought some. It wasn’t very good ….
January brings resolutions for many. Do you have any? I don’t make resolutions for the year because I wake up every day resolving to make that day better than the day before. I’m on a quest to live happily and with no regrets.
Your nickname matches the way you live your life? My nickname is Smiley because I’m smiling all the time. A smile not only brightens my day, but it’s also a small gesture to make others feel good. It’s quite different from my childhood nickname of “Hair Bomb,” which my brother came up with to describe what I would look like first thing in the morning.
Any healthy tips to kick-start the year? I don’t buy premade, prepackaged meals. I think we need to get away from those quick fixes. I’m working on getting the preservatives out of my life. I was a diet-soda drinker for a very long time, until I gave it up for water. I feel much better now.
What hobbies do you have outside of cooking? I have crocheted and given away about 30 afghans over the years. I’m amazed that I can buy a skein of yarn and by hand turn it into a blanket to keep someone warm.
What is a random fact about you? I’m a klutz! I can trip over the pattern in a rug.
What drew you to Food.com? I discovered the site while searching for a recipe and soon fell in love with the fact that I could review recipes as well as post my own and have them reviewed. I also enjoy the community element — I often hang out in the Community Café forum.
What’s your go-to Food.com recipe? My absolute favorite recipe on this site is Beef and Broccoli. It makes an appearance in our house a few times a month.
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