Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2014)

Swampy's Kitchen

 
May 30, 2014 9:54 am 
Updated: Jun. 3, 2014 7:49 am
Every fall I look at the detritus of my garden and I say to myself, “I really need to plant less next year.” Every Spring I remember that one on one conversation with myself as I turn the dirt and add the topsoil & manure to the various plots within my garden. I think about it even more as I… MORE
 
 
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May 22, 2014 12:37 pm 
Updated: May 29, 2014 8:14 am
A few weeks ago I was quickly running through WHOLE FOODS to pick up some Golden Beets and Blue & Red Potatoes for my birthday dinner (don’t bother, I’m old) when I saw a sign for COLD BREW COFFEE out of the corner of my eye. I’m a coffee drinker and I like iced coffee so without a second… 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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