Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (12/2010)

Swampy's Kitchen

 
Dec. 29, 2010 8:13 am 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 12:25 pm
It’s that time of year again (it seems like I am starting a lot of blogs out that way recently) where people are reflecting on the year that was and what the coming year will be. There are Best of Lists and Worst of Lists. There are trends that caught fire and trends that faded away. There… MORE
 
 
Dec. 20, 2010 10:57 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2010 1:51 pm
It’s that time of year again when the jingle bells are jingling, the bell ringers are ringing, the carolers are caroling and my wallet is stinging. It’s Christmas. True, it seems like it has been here since August (and in some stores it was here even earlier than that) but now the finish line… 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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