Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (4/2011)

Swampy's Kitchen

Apr. 26, 2011 11:11 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2011 9:11 am
Once again we were back in the Why Hasn’t Any Corporation Slapped A Product Placement Name On This Yet Crystal Ballroom. Last night was Guilty Pleasures Night and I do have to give a serious thumbs up to the booking people at ABC. It was pure genius to bring back a grown up HANSON and have them MORE
Apr. 25, 2011 8:03 am 
Updated: May 2, 2011 12:12 pm
It really came as no surprise. My belts had been shrinking for some time, my fuller cut shirts weren’t as loose as they were before and my “fat” suits were beginning to fit me again while my good suits were starting to get moved to the back half of the closet. The video I watched of myself… MORE
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Apr. 20, 2011 12:40 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 4:18 pm
It’s been a few weeks since I last let my fingers trip the light fantastic across the keyboard while recounting the glory that is Dancing With The Stars. Work and other obligations have been to blame (as well as an acute case of laziness) but have no fear, I watched this week on both Monday… MORE
Apr. 4, 2011 10:48 am 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 5:43 am
“So who wants some more pancakes ?” *Crickets chirped* The silence spoke volumes but how did this happen and most of all, how did this happen to me ? 48 Hours Earlier – Friday morning It was Friday morning and I was taking a quick break from pushing piles of paper around my… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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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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