Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (6/2011)

Swampy's Kitchen

Jun. 29, 2011 12:26 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2011 5:05 pm
I only have time to write up a quick update today on The DIE-t I love to hate because to be honest, I have really been busy at that other 4 letter word we all love to hate – work – and since they pay the bills (somewhat) I kind of have to give them priority over the somewhat mindless missives… MORE
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Jun. 15, 2011 11:18 am 
Updated: Jun. 23, 2011 6:18 am
Once again I find myself at 35,000 feet wending my way across the not so friendly skies of but this time I don’t mind as much as I normally do. That is probably because this time I am headed for a city that I have had a not so secret love affair with for over 20 years. A city that captures my… MORE
Jun. 1, 2011 11:10 am 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2011 6:02 am
One day, most likely while I was bored at the paycheck factory, I stumbled across a calendar of National Food Holidays and I was awestruck by the number of different foods that are celebrated not only on a daily basis but also on a weekly & monthly basis too. From oddities such as National… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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Mendham, New Jersey, USA

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Mar. 2000

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

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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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