Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (9/2010)

Swampy's Kitchen

Sep. 24, 2010 9:19 am 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2010 4:48 am
Based on the recipe of mine that allrecipes.tv spotlighted in their latest episode of What's Cooking? and the name of this blog, you might begin to think that I spend more of time shopping in the Atchafalaya River Basin than I do in my local grocery store. If I lived in Louisiana instead of New MORE
Crawfish Pies
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Crawfish Pie - The Close-up
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Sep. 16, 2010 7:59 am 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2010 5:18 am
Last week my wife & kids took advantage of a day off from school and went apple picking with a few of their friends. Two and a half bushels of apples later they came home and we immediately started to wonder what we should do with the all of the apples besides eating them one at a time.… MORE
Apples & Peaches - thanks to the kids
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Sep. 14, 2010 3:51 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2010 5:31 am
On a recent Saturday night, fish was on the menu at our house. It just wasn’t quite the way I had envisioned it all when I first started planning out the dinner. But first, let’s take a little look at what transpired in the past that helped to create this fishy tale. For years I have… MORE
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Sep. 1, 2010 12:43 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2010 1:21 pm
My mother passed away two weeks ago today. She was 79 years young and still had so much more to give to the world. There are so many different things that I could tell you about my mother that made her so special to so many people but this is a cooking website so I will stick to what Mom made… MORE
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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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