Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (8/2012)

Swampy's Kitchen

Aug. 29, 2012 12:09 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2012 8:10 am
Got a little more than a handful of dusty cereal down at the bottom of an old cereal box that is clogging up your pantry shelf ? Have no fear, The Garbage Disposal will finish it for you. Two end pieces of bread that are sure to turn moldy before the kids will ever eat them in a twisted up… MORE
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Tags:  Family, Health, Lifestyle
Aug. 16, 2012 10:02 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 4:42 am
I know I said that I was going to write about my hot sauce / spice rack at the end of my last blog but when have I ever really done what I said I was going to do ? So with that out of the way, I wanted to introduce you to a little friend of mine that I found out in the Swampgarden last… MORE
The Red Habanero
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My Orange Habaneros from 2008
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8/16 - slicing Orange Habanero
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8/16 - picture RED instead of Orange
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Aug. 3, 2012 5:57 pm 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 5:56 am
Some people were just born to eat spicy foods. Some people avoid spicy foods like the plague. Then there are those people that discover spicy foods along the way or, as in my case, have spicy foods discover them. I grew up in a household where the most exotic spice my mother used, or at least… MORE
Spice Rack - Top Half
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Spice Rack - Bottom Half
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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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