Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2012)

Swampy's Kitchen

May 31, 2012 8:01 am 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2012 8:35 pm
Much like the culinary rut I found myself in at the beginning of the year, I am now finding myself to be stuck in a literary rut as well. I have a whole bunch of ideas for blogs and other things running around in my head. The only problem is that those ideas have absolutely no sense of… MORE
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May 21, 2012 11:44 am 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 11:14 am
They say that communication is the key to any healthy relationship. I have been married to my beautiful wife for almost 18 years and I would tend to agree with that statement. Miscommunication in a relationship can be tragic. I have been married to my beautiful wife for almost 18 years and I… MORE
My finger or what's left of it
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May 18, 2012 9:02 am 
Updated: May 31, 2012 8:37 am
This past weekend the sun was shining, the earth was warm and there was nothing in the extended forecast to indicate that a late spring freeze might be on its way, so we decided that it was time to purchase & plant this year’s version of The SwampGarden. For those of you who don’t remember or… MORE
Tomatoes of all kinds
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Some of my wife's lettuce
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Green Zucchini & Yellow Squash
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Acorn, Spaghetti & Buttercup Squash with a couple of cukes
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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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