Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (12/2011)

Swampy's Kitchen

Dec. 27, 2011 9:15 am 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2012 3:48 am
December got here much too soon and before I knew it, it was already almost gone. It’s been a whirlwind of business travel, year end junk, cooking, shopping, wrapping & baking. Not necessarily in that order but you get the idea. Somewhere in there we were supposed to host a Cookies Across… MORE
Cookie Elves
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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Grandma's Cookie Press
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Dec. 9, 2011 11:03 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:45 am
Over the past few weeks I have been asked an awful lot of questions by an awful lot of people about Thanksgiving, food and Allrecipes. I think we more than covered Thanksgiving last month and out of respect for my handful of readers I will try not to mention it again except in passing. Food… MORE
mixing it up
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even Chef Luigi likes pumpkin bread
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don't you wish this was sctach n' sniff ?
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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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