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Aug. 20, 2013 5:48 pm 
Updated: Jul. 2, 2014 9:13 pm
I have a confession to make. I can’t fry a brown egg. I have fried so many white eggs in my lifetime that I can make them anyway you want them – over easy, over medium, over hard, sunnyside up or anywhere in between -  without even paying attention to the pan. But put a single brown egg in my… MORE
My Nemesis - The Brown Egg
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Jan. 18, 2013 7:29 am 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 1:13 pm
There is a reason that the Oddsmakers in Las Vegas love me so much and my more than slightly inaccurate prognostications last weekend were a prime example of why. After predicting (not publicly and indeed well after the fact) all four wildcard games correctly the previous weekend, I only got… MORE
 
 
Jan. 16, 2013 5:14 am 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 6:56 pm
The game was deep into the 4th quarter when the doorbell rang. I hadn't been expecting anybody so I was both curious & annoyed to be pulled away from the television at this crucial stage of the game. When I opened the door I was handed a pizza by a delivery guy who turned away quickly without… MORE
Gameday Mac & Mex
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Jan. 3, 2013 11:31 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2013 3:31 am
It was early on Saturday afternoon and I was at my son’s Full Ice Cross Ice Hockey Game watching a slightly more spread out version of little kid soccer (they fall down on skates) when my blackberry buzzed. It was my wife and she wanted me to know that it was snowing and she wanted to know… MORE
Pork Roast
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The final dish
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Sep. 19, 2012 6:00 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2012 1:10 pm
At 3:45am there isn’t a lot on television to watch while I am working out in my basement so it leaves me extra time to think. Extra time to think isn’t always a good thing either as I tend to dwell on things that frustrate me. Being frustrated while I workout isn’t that bad a thing since it… MORE
al fresco Fiesta Beans & Rice
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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. 16, 2012 10:02 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 4:42 am
I know I said that I was going to write about my hot sauce / spice rack at the end of my last blog but when have I ever really done what I said I was going to do ? So with that out of the way, I wanted to introduce you to a little friend of mine that I found out in the Swampgarden last… MORE
The Red Habanero
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My Orange Habaneros from 2008
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8/16 - slicing Orange Habanero
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8/16 - picture RED instead of Orange
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Mar. 26, 2012 12:09 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2012 6:41 am
How do you like your eggs ?That’s a question that gets asked at countless diners & restaurants across our country on a daily basis. I travel a lot for work so I get asked that question a lot. My answer is almost always the same too. I bet that’s the case for a lot of people but I would also… MORE
Fried Eggs w/ hot sauce
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Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
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Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
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Feb. 10, 2012 10:04 am 
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012 12:42 pm
Like most people, I like to get free stuff. I won’t stand in line for a sample at Costco but I will cross the street in NYC if I see someone giving away free samples of a new or interesting product. It’s even better when a company sends me some free stuff in the mail. Not everything is a… MORE
peanut butter chips & dark chocolate peanut butter
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Haystacks
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Peanut Butter Chip & Chocolate PB Haystacks
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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
 
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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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