I think getting the wort to a decent Starting Grav is more important than using DME or not. Certainly, malt extract adds some nice flavour, and I prefer to brew with it vs sugar, no question. BUT you can make perfectly acceptable homebrew with corn sugar (dextrose) and the canned kits. I do however find that it comes out thin if you brew according to the directions. So, I beef em up with DME, and keep the gravity nice and high (ca 1.050 to start). Throw a handful of pellet hops into your boiling water too!
Secondary: Sangiovese, Honey Nut Brown, some Pilsner/ale kinda thing that just won't quit...
Tar Sands Porter, Special Dark Bitter,Oaky Red ale, Hammer & Tongs Black Ale, Black Draught, Cooper's Bitter, Baron's Pilsner
Super Saazy Saaz Pilsner Saaz (It's a little green, yet)