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Swampy's Kitchen

Apr. 3, 2014 7:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2014 3:52 pm
It was a typical Saturday morning in our home. I woke up earlier than everyone else and snuck down to the basement to punish myself for an hour on the elliptical. Then I went back upstairs, showered, got dressed and came back downstairs to make breakfast for everyone like the moonlighting… MORE
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Mar. 30, 2014 6:36 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2014 3:42 pm
To me, Pizza, is and always has been a large regular cheese with a thin crust. If you can't give it a good New York Fold then it isn't pizza. Sorry Chicago, if you need a fork & knife to eat it, it isn't pizza. I also have to admit that I am not a fan of greasy meat on my pizza either so you… MORE
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Mar. 28, 2014 1:00 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 8:16 am
It’s Friday afternoon and the workplace has gone silent. Emails aren’t dinging, phones aren’t ringing and you can hear the second hand on the clock that tells the wrong time as it spins around & around on its endless search for 5 o’clock. Guess that means it is time to shake my head a little… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2014 12:34 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 8:55 am
This weekend when it actually warmed up into the 60’s for a few hours (it’s supposed to snow again later today) I went outside and got to play in my garden for a little while. It was nice to actually see the topsoil instead of snow. It was nice to be able to actually open my fence without… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2014 11:44 am 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014 7:24 pm
It’s been a while since I last tossed a couple of tequila infused bananas into my roomful of laptop wielding drunken monkeys in order to write a blog so let’s see what they came up with this time.The severe winter weather and an incredibly busy schedule for my kids have really put a damper on… MORE
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Jan. 31, 2014 8:06 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2014 12:59 pm
Two weeks ago in the Mile High City, Peyton Manning “Omaha-ed” the Denver Broncos to a victory over the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll (who is now paddleboarding in Costa Rica with Barbie) & the New England Patriots in the American Food-Ball Conference Championship Game. While up… MORE
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Jan. 31, 2014 6:38 am 
The Countdown Clocks to the Big Game are winding down. The temperature in New York City has bottomed out and is starting to head back up. Broadway has been turned into “Super Bowl Boulevard” and there is even a 60 foot high by 180 foot long “Toboggan Run” that can be ridden for $5 a ride.… MORE
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Jan. 16, 2014 11:53 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 11:16 am
Getting to the Conference Championship games in the National Food-Ball League Playoffs is a lot like having a Soufflé in the oven. You have put a lot of work into this masterpiece of yours and you are just one step away from achieving either glory or gloop. This Sunday the Denver Broncos, New… MORE
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Jan. 16, 2014 8:16 am 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2014 8:48 am
I almost never fry food. It’s not that I don’t like fried food, everyone does. (It’s just that I am not very good at frying anything other than a couple of eggs and if you have seen any of my recent egg flipping VINE videos you may even question whether I can do that correctly. When it comes… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2014 8:39 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 4:57 pm
Last week in the Wild Card Round of the National Food-Ball League Playoffs (where yes, they actually compete to win) the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers & San Francisco 49ers all came away victorious. That meant that I was perfect with my picks on Saturday and… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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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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