Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2012)

Swampy's Kitchen

Jan. 31, 2012 12:14 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2012 3:46 am
In case you have been locked up in the attic or perhaps stuck in front of your television watching a DOWNTOWN ABBEY marathon, I have a little bit of news to share with you. The Super Bowl is going to be played this weekend in Indianapolis and the New England Patriots are playing the New York… MORE
Alligator Chili
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Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
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Coconut Chili Crawfish Cups
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Fried/Scrambled Eggs Benedict
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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
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

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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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