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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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Feb. 27, 2012 9:23 am 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am
In Part One of Allrecipes AllStar Brand Ambassador Challenge for February I had to make, review and optionally blog about Fiber One Chocolate  Peanut Butter Haystacks and I did. Of course I switched things up from the original recipe but that is kind of par for the course when it comes to me… MORE
Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the ingredients
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Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the close-up
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Fiber One "Bread" Pudding - the serving
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Dec. 27, 2011 9:15 am 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2012 3:48 am
December got here much too soon and before I knew it, it was already almost gone. It’s been a whirlwind of business travel, year end junk, cooking, shopping, wrapping & baking. Not necessarily in that order but you get the idea. Somewhere in there we were supposed to host a Cookies Across… MORE
Cookie Elves
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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Grandma's Cookie Press
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Dec. 9, 2011 11:03 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:45 am
Over the past few weeks I have been asked an awful lot of questions by an awful lot of people about Thanksgiving, food and Allrecipes. I think we more than covered Thanksgiving last month and out of respect for my handful of readers I will try not to mention it again except in passing. Food… MORE
mixing it up
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even Chef Luigi likes pumpkin bread
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don't you wish this was sctach n' sniff ?
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May 5, 2010 10:00 am 
Updated: May 5, 2010 10:04 pm
I wish I had pictures to share with you of the dinner my most awesome wife put together for my birthday last night but by the time we even thought of a camera, we had attacked the table like the Fantastic Mr. Fox and his family. As is the custom in our house, the one celebrating their birthday… MORE
Dec. 23, 2009 10:08 am 
Updated: Dec. 24, 2009 1:08 pm
Merry Happy Chrismakwaanzakkah or whatever it is you have to say these days to cover all your bases when you greet someone at this time of year. In our house it is Christmas and tomorrow is going to be fun. Despite a pile of files on my desk that can be seen by Google Earth, I am… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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

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Mar. 2000

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

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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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