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Jan. 20, 2012 12:44 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 4:54 am
At the beginning of the National Football League season I wrote a prediction blog that was somewhat tongue in cheek and somewhat based in fact or at least what I considered to be true. Only one of my final Super Bowl selections made it into the playoffs and they got bumped off in Round 1 with… MORE
 
 
Nov. 18, 2011 9:49 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:46 am
It’s Friday and this has been a very long week. Much like everyone else out there, my mind is hardly focused on the task at hand and I just want quitting time to get here as soon as it possibly can. With that in mind and considering how close we are to that Super Bowl of Food Holidays –… MORE
My Turkey Tie
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Respect The Bird !!!
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Last Year's Bird
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Oct. 24, 2011 11:47 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 6:02 am
As an Allrecipes All Star Brand Ambassador we are asked to try new recipes and new products from sponsors we both know and don’t know. The views expressed in this blog are purely my own and do not reflect the opinions, views or thoughts of the staff at Allrecipes.comNow that we have that out… MORE
Exploding Chicken in the oven
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Exploding Chicken on the plate
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Sep. 9, 2011 10:28 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2011 9:53 am
No sport more naturally goes with food than football. Just look at the extravagant tailgate parties outside of stadiums across the country each week. Look at the spreads set out at sports bars each week as the faithful storm in to watch their team on a multitude of big screen TV’s. Think… MORE
 
 
May 17, 2011 5:52 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2011 5:02 am
Once again I took one for the team, especially since The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3 Premiere was last night, and once again I watched Dancing with the Never Were & Wannabe Stars for you so you didn’t have to. We had not one, not two but 3 dances for each couple and in a twist… MORE
 
 
May 10, 2011 5:35 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2011 8:22 pm
Once again I bit the bullet and watched the glittery cheese fest that is known as Dancing with the Stars so you didn’t have to and unlike other weeks, I am actually sitting in a hotel room on a business trip trying to beat the results show to the starting line. So if this week seems a little… MORE
 
 
May 3, 2011 12:43 pm 
Updated: May 6, 2011 8:56 pm
This week on Dancing With The Stars it was “Ballroom Greats” night. If that isn’t a showstopper, I don’t know what is. I didn’t bother taking down the names of the three “ballroom greats” that worked with our six remaining couples because at the end of the night, it didn’t matter. The only… MORE
 
 
Apr. 26, 2011 11:11 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2011 9:11 am
Once again we were back in the Why Hasn’t Any Corporation Slapped A Product Placement Name On This Yet Crystal Ballroom. Last night was Guilty Pleasures Night and I do have to give a serious thumbs up to the booking people at ABC. It was pure genius to bring back a grown up HANSON and have them MORE
 
 
Apr. 20, 2011 12:40 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 4:18 pm
It’s been a few weeks since I last let my fingers trip the light fantastic across the keyboard while recounting the glory that is Dancing With The Stars. Work and other obligations have been to blame (as well as an acute case of laziness) but have no fear, I watched this week on both Monday… MORE
 
 
Mar. 29, 2011 11:39 am 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2011 11:45 pm
(Normally I don't post non-food related blogs here on AR but it was suggested that there was enough "Cheese" in this show to qualify)   You clicked on the link so now you have to say it with me - “Hi, my name is (Insert Name Here) and I am addicted to Dancing with the Stars.” … 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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