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Sep. 12, 2012 11:21 am 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 8:53 am
This past Sunday morning we woke to blue skies after wind & rain the night before. After I had finished breakfast with my wife & kids, I went outside to go work in my slowly dying vegetable garden (another blog for another time) when I noticed that the stupid pool cleaner had gotten itself… MORE
The first turtle spotted in the pool
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26 Baby Snapping Turtles
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Burnett Brook - the release zone
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Turtle Dude
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Sep. 1, 2012 4:06 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 9:42 pm
Ladies & Gentlemen ! Boys & Girls ! Diners of all ages ! Step right up for the Culinary Grudge Match of the Ages ! Live from own Kitchen Stadium it is Iron Master Chef (Me) vs The CHOPPED Sisters (them). It’s a CHOPPED/Mystery Box Iron Chef Throwdown. We are being given just 60 minutes to… MORE
Iron Master Chef vs The CHOPPED Sisters
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The CHOPPED/Mystery Iron Chef Throwdown Basket
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The battle was heating up....
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CHOPPED Sister Caty gets busy with the turkey meatballs
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Aug. 29, 2012 12:09 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2012 8:10 am
Got a little more than a handful of dusty cereal down at the bottom of an old cereal box that is clogging up your pantry shelf ? Have no fear, The Garbage Disposal will finish it for you. Two end pieces of bread that are sure to turn moldy before the kids will ever eat them in a twisted up… MORE
 
 
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Tags:  Family, Health, Lifestyle
 
 
Aug. 3, 2012 5:57 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 5:56 am
Some people were just born to eat spicy foods. Some people avoid spicy foods like the plague. Then there are those people that discover spicy foods along the way or, as in my case, have spicy foods discover them. I grew up in a household where the most exotic spice my mother used, or at least… MORE
Spice Rack - Top Half
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Spice Rack - Bottom Half
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May 31, 2012 8:01 am 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2012 8:35 pm
Much like the culinary rut I found myself in at the beginning of the year, I am now finding myself to be stuck in a literary rut as well. I have a whole bunch of ideas for blogs and other things running around in my head. The only problem is that those ideas have absolutely no sense of… MORE
 
 
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May 21, 2012 11:44 am 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 11:14 am
They say that communication is the key to any healthy relationship. I have been married to my beautiful wife for almost 18 years and I would tend to agree with that statement. Miscommunication in a relationship can be tragic. I have been married to my beautiful wife for almost 18 years and I… MORE
My finger or what's left of it
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Apr. 25, 2012 11:19 am 
Updated: May 15, 2012 9:09 am
One year ago, Dr. Killjoy sent me to my room without dessert. He told me that I had a bad heart, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weak lungs. He also said that I needed to lose 45 pounds if I wanted to live long enough to see my three children grow up. While I will admit it was not… MORE
9 Bags of Sugar
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The 3 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
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Apr. 19, 2012 11:28 am 
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:45 am
I haven’t bitten into an apple in almost 25 years. Don’t get me wrong, I love apples. I love Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and McIntosh just to name a few. I love apple pie, apple tarts, applesauce, apple cider, apple juice, apple crumb cake,… MORE
 
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Apr. 11, 2012 9:02 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2012 10:14 am
While I was out driving with the family the other day, we started talking about butter. Not exactly a typical topic of conversation but not out of the ordinary either in that I have one of those families where we will happily talk about food instead of the Kardashians and their ilk. We were… MORE
Wisconsin Butter
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Jan. 19, 2012 10:34 am 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 3:30 pm
I am in a culinary rut.I love to cook. I always have. My family loves it when I cook and I love to cook for them. It’s just that recently I haven’t felt the fire that I need to finish off some of the half baked ideas I used to have almost every time I walked into the kitchen. I have a 9 foot… MORE
 
 
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Doug Matthews

Home Town
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Living In
Mendham, New Jersey, USA

Member Since
Mar. 2000

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work

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About Me
My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
 
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