Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (12/2009)

Swampy's Kitchen

Dec. 31, 2009 8:31 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 5:45 am
I have always taken a Treasure of the Sierra Madre style stance with regard to New Year's Resolutions. You know the line, "Resolutions ? We don't need no stinkin' resolutions !". Of course somehow or another I always make the same ones - work out, lose weight, apply to… 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
Dec. 2, 2009 12:59 pm 
Updated: Dec. 3, 2009 10:52 am
Well I have to admit that my shoulder is still a little sore from patting myself on the back over the traveling road turkey from Thanksgiving Day. Everything including the stoplights on Route 206 worked in my favor and that 22 lb bird came out juicy & tender and got rave reviews for the… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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

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Mar. 2000

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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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