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Sep. 10, 2014 5:19 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2014 8:47 am
Earlier this year my eldest daughter had the opportunity to vacation in Hawaii, go on a school trip to Alaska and spend the summer at a camp in Maine. When a friend of the family jokingly suggested we take her to Florida in order to complete her Four Corners of the USA in One Year Quest, a… MORE
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Aug. 19, 2014 10:37 am 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 6:07 am
Here I am once again standing in my Virtual Express Lane counting the items in my cart, counting the items in the carts around me, glancing at the headlines on the gossip magazines, trying to remember what I forgot to get on my list and wondering if I should buy the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups… MORE
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Jun. 13, 2014 11:08 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 11:05 am
Well here it is Friday the 13th again and this time we actually have a Full Moon Rising too. Of course, here in my part of the Northeast, it will be raining tonight so we won’t be able to see the moon anyway. But that is neither here nor there and certainly not pertinent to this conversation.… MORE
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May 30, 2014 9:54 am 
Updated: Jun. 3, 2014 7:49 am
Every fall I look at the detritus of my garden and I say to myself, “I really need to plant less next year.” Every Spring I remember that one on one conversation with myself as I turn the dirt and add the topsoil & manure to the various plots within my garden. I think about it even more as I… MORE
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May 22, 2014 12:37 pm 
Updated: May 29, 2014 8:14 am
A few weeks ago I was quickly running through WHOLE FOODS to pick up some Golden Beets and Blue & Red Potatoes for my birthday dinner (don’t bother, I’m old) when I saw a sign for COLD BREW COFFEE out of the corner of my eye. I’m a coffee drinker and I like iced coffee so without a second… MORE
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Apr. 3, 2014 7:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2014 3:52 pm
It was a typical Saturday morning in our home. I woke up earlier than everyone else and snuck down to the basement to punish myself for an hour on the elliptical. Then I went back upstairs, showered, got dressed and came back downstairs to make breakfast for everyone like the moonlighting… MORE
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Mar. 30, 2014 6:36 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2014 3:42 pm
To me, Pizza, is and always has been a large regular cheese with a thin crust. If you can't give it a good New York Fold then it isn't pizza. Sorry Chicago, if you need a fork & knife to eat it, it isn't pizza. I also have to admit that I am not a fan of greasy meat on my pizza either so you… MORE
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Mar. 28, 2014 1:00 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 8:16 am
It’s Friday afternoon and the workplace has gone silent. Emails aren’t dinging, phones aren’t ringing and you can hear the second hand on the clock that tells the wrong time as it spins around & around on its endless search for 5 o’clock. Guess that means it is time to shake my head a little… MORE
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Mar. 25, 2014 12:34 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 8:55 am
This weekend when it actually warmed up into the 60’s for a few hours (it’s supposed to snow again later today) I went outside and got to play in my garden for a little while. It was nice to actually see the topsoil instead of snow. It was nice to be able to actually open my fence without… MORE
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Mar. 5, 2014 11:44 am 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2014 7:24 pm
It’s been a while since I last tossed a couple of tequila infused bananas into my roomful of laptop wielding drunken monkeys in order to write a blog so let’s see what they came up with this time.The severe winter weather and an incredibly busy schedule for my kids have really put a damper on… MORE
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Doug Matthews

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Mendham, New Jersey, USA

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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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