Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2010)

Swampy's Kitchen

 
Aug. 28, 2010 2:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2010 7:19 am
Well my daughter that is willing to try just about anything & everything we place before her, who just happened to be away at camp when we did CHOPPED:The Swamp Edition, is home and has been chomping at the bit to get her chance at getting CHOPPED. Well we finally got home from a few days… MORE
Chef Caty
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Mystery Ingredients
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Chef Caty and her CHOPPED entree
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The Finshed Dish
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Aug. 18, 2010 6:06 am 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2010 7:20 am
This past business trip I had the pleasure of heading out west to Salt Lake City. I may be from the east but I am a westerner at heart so it felt good to fly in over the and to feel the lack of humidity in the air. In fact, the foggy dial of my watch almost cleared up completely while I was… MORE
The Red Iguana - It looks like a dive
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Killer Mex is the Best Mex
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The Mole Sampler Platter
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Sopa de Frijol Negro - Black Bean Soup
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Aug. 9, 2010 12:56 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2010 8:27 pm
This past Friday my family decided that it was time for Daddy to pass another test in the kitchen. I’ve been doing the mystery dinner or make something fast out of what we got gig for some time now and I have to admit, I was getting a little lazy. I was falling back on the same old tricks & MORE
Chopped: Swamp Edition Basket Ingredients
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Chopped: Chef Swampy
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Chopped: Swamp Edition Winning Dish
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Aug. 6, 2010 6:48 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 5:46 am
I recently went to a charity event where one of the auction items was 2 tickets to a taping of Iron Chef America at the Food Network Studios inside of Chelsea Market in NYC. My wife & I signed confidentiality agreements before we walked onto the set so I can't tell you who the chefs were,… MORE
Our ticket to Kitchen Stadium
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The Chairman & yours truly sans shades
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Aug. 3, 2010 8:07 am 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2010 8:31 pm
(I mentioned in my last blog that I get to travel for work and when I do travel, I get to try various styles of regional cuisine & regional culinary legends. In March of 2009 I wrote up my first visit to one of these restaurants to see if what they say on TV about the food was really… MORE
The Slice As Big As Your Head
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It's Bigger Than My Head
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It's hard to photograph and bite it at the same time
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All you need is a good New York Fold
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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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