Swampy's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (9/2012)

Swampy's Kitchen

 
Sep. 28, 2012 11:33 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 6:10 pm
Back in April I announced to my handful of readers that I hadn’t been able to bite into a crisp ripe apple for the past 25 years and that it was high time to do something about it. I was going to hit the long & painful road to a full set of dental implants or as I like to call them, screwed… MORE
Marathon Man
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Little Shop of Horrors
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Sep. 19, 2012 6:00 pm 
Updated: Sep. 28, 2012 1:10 pm
At 3:45am there isn’t a lot on television to watch while I am working out in my basement so it leaves me extra time to think. Extra time to think isn’t always a good thing either as I tend to dwell on things that frustrate me. Being frustrated while I workout isn’t that bad a thing since it… MORE
al fresco Fiesta Beans & Rice
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Sep. 12, 2012 11:21 am 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 8:53 am
This past Sunday morning we woke to blue skies after wind & rain the night before. After I had finished breakfast with my wife & kids, I went outside to go work in my slowly dying vegetable garden (another blog for another time) when I noticed that the stupid pool cleaner had gotten itself… MORE
The first turtle spotted in the pool
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26 Baby Snapping Turtles
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Burnett Brook - the release zone
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Turtle Dude
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Sep. 1, 2012 4:06 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 9:42 pm
Ladies & Gentlemen ! Boys & Girls ! Diners of all ages ! Step right up for the Culinary Grudge Match of the Ages ! Live from own Kitchen Stadium it is Iron Master Chef (Me) vs The CHOPPED Sisters (them). It’s a CHOPPED/Mystery Box Iron Chef Throwdown. We are being given just 60 minutes to… MORE
Iron Master Chef vs The CHOPPED Sisters
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The CHOPPED/Mystery Iron Chef Throwdown Basket
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The battle was heating up....
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CHOPPED Sister Caty gets busy with the turkey meatballs
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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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