Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn

Superbowl: an unavoidable food opp

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This year I've been acting sort of casual about the Superbowl menu situation. Living in NYC, where the game will be played tomorrow (well sort of NYC), should be getting me extra excited, but just like when the president's in town, it really just boils down to a traffic nightmare for those of us coming and going to work and appointments every day. But I was snapped out of my complacency by an unusual situation: my hubs decided, shopped and is prepared to execute a menu totally devoid of any Mad Hungry recipes. I mean--for cryin' out load--if any book should be cooked from this year, it's Mad Hungry Cravings, named one of the top five munchie cookbooks by the San Francisco Guardian http://www.sfbg.com/2013/03/26/feast-5-stoner-cookbooks. Surely a game representing the top two stoner states should be feted with food from an equally notorious book? My competative juices are flowing again. Since it's not too late to create or alter your menu for tomorrow, I'm throwing some recipes into the ring: Teriyaki-glazed Chicken Wings, Loaded Potato Skins, and Queso Fundido recipes are in the index on the left side of this post.

But back to my hubs. It's Sam Sifton, the venerated NYTimes food columnist and current newsie big wig, who stole my man's appetite away from me with these three recipes Game Day NachosClam DipCoke-Brined Fried Chicken.  I felt defeated before the game was even played. Like I wrote Sam yesterday, I get the coke chicken and nacho's but surely my proven, can't-stay-away-from, carmelized onion & bacon dip http://www.marthastewart.com/356658/caramelized-onion-and-bacon-dip-potato-chips-and-crudite would have better odds in Vegas than his clam dip?  Sam advised me to make it anyway. So make I it I will. And it'll be placed right next to that clam dip like a Seahawk facing a Bronco, and then we'll see whose the winner! Stay tuned for the outcome and have a great weekend. Best, LSQ

Carmelized Bacon & Onion Dip photo by Jonathon Lovekin

Teriyaki-glazed Chicken Wings & Loaded Potato Skins photo by Jonathon Lovekin

Queso Fundido

 

 

 

 

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

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Yup, that's the name of the this traveling eatdrink circus.  Today was the first 2014 tour stop in NYC at the Tunnel on 11th Ave and 28th.  It's really a great, well-curated round up of bourbons & ryes & beers & hot sauce & cravaeable eats. Festival founder Greg and the awesome food/drinks curator Monica rolled in from Baltimore and put on an exemplary exhibition.  Making their way from "apples to oranges," as Monica puts it, meaning there are apples galore up in the north east with New York being the first stop, right on down to the world capital of oranges, Florida, with many stops in between.  Get details here and def check it out if it comes to your neck of the woods. http://www.beerandbourbon.com/

We did an informative bourbon & rye tasting and I finally learned the difference. Dave from redemptionrye.com (my fave tasting at the festival) helped me understand my preference. I like a rye and rye-forward bourbon and specifically his 'redemption rye' which taste of "spice and leather with mint at the end," and is absolutely perfect for a Manhattan or Sazerac.  Rye whiskey must have at least 51% rye mash as opposed to bourbon which needs at least 51% corn and when that corn mash is coupled with a high percentage of rye then thats the bourbon I seem to like.  And by the way, the only difference between whisky and scotch is Scotland--whiskey is whiskey everywhere but in Scotland it's scotch!

 

Pocket Pies

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For years I've made pocket pies as a strike against those nasty, expensive hot pockets sold in the grocery store. Even with all the food fresh food cooked at home, my boys discovered those convenient little suckers at their friends house. So I started making them at home --mostly chicken pocket pies--a hand held pot pie.

Only recently did it dawn on me to make leftover-pocket pies. Not that there are many leftovers in our house, but this week there is some steak pizzaola (from Mad Hungry Feed Men & Boys) and Chili Verde (yet unpublished or titled MH3). With some dough in the freezer--just defrost, roll it out and fill each cut circle with those chilled & solidified leftovers. Fold each one over and crimp. Brush with a little egg wash and bake 25 minutes. And it's hot, golden-brown, pastry-wrapped yumness!

Mad Hungry Cravings Party

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Our awesome interns, Ananda and Leigh, helping put the finishing touches on the MH Hot Sauce Bottles

2 Our awesome interns, Ananda and Leigh, helping put the finishing touches on the MH Hot Sauce Bottles

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My Jamaican Rum Punch that can be only made with Appleton Estate! (It's even in my Jamaican book)

4 My Jamaican Rum Punch that can be only made with Appleton Estate! (It's even in my Jamaican book)

Gone fishing with Dogfish Head's beer and bottle openers

5 Gone fishing with Dogfish Head's beer and bottle openers

Delicious 100% raw Harmless Harvest coconut water. It's a Quinn household must-have.

6 Delicious 100% raw Harmless Harvest coconut water. It's a Quinn household must-have.

Buckets of beer

7 Buckets of beer

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A guest satisfies all of his cravings with a beer and jerk chicken sandwich.

9 A guest satisfies all of his cravings with a beer and jerk chicken sandwich.

MHCravings Jiggle Shots made with Austin's own Tito's Handmade Vodka

10 MHCravings Jiggle Shots made with Austin's own Tito's Handmade Vodka

An array of multicolored Angry Orchard Cider

11 An array of multicolored Angry Orchard Cider

Shagbark Seed & Mill is my new go-to (craveworthy) tortilla chip

12 Shagbark Seed & Mill is my new go-to (craveworthy) tortilla chip

Testing out the first few Jerk Chicken Sandwiches (recipe from my first book!)

13 Testing out the first few Jerk Chicken Sandwiches (recipe from my first book!)

...and satisfying the next day post-party blues with a BEC and MH's own paw paw pepper sauce.

14 ...and satisfying the next day post-party blues with a BEC and MH's own paw paw pepper sauce.

 

I received a message from my son this morning about hot sauce which has caused me to reflect on the party that kicked off our summer--The Mad Hungry Cravings book party.

We made the MHCravings Paw Paw Pepper sauce to put in our goodie bags. Turns out, this several weeks later, folks are savoring the last drops of their hot sauce gift and asking for more! We'll have to kick back into production on that one.

As with planning any party, once the location is set--the menu makes it all come together and we had some awesome ingredients to make ours special. We figured a little something from the new book (Summer Roll Salad and Tito's Handmade Vodka-infused Jiggle Shots) a little something from my Authentic Jamaican book (jerk chicken sandwiches with mango chutney and Appleton's Rum Punch), a favorite hard cider collection from Angry Orchard and pretty much one of the best American beers, Dogfish Head. Capping everything of with a sweet we served Banana chocolate chip Ice cream sandwiches (filled with Lo's crazy cinnamon-rum ice cream) AND for all night nibbling, Shagbark Seed and Mill corn chips. To keep everyone hydrated and happy we also had bottles of my absolute-hands-down favorite coconut water, Harmless Harvest. Like any great party, an eclectic music mix on Spotify was compiled by a combo of sons and colleagues to keep everyone rocking.

I was so happy to serve some of my favorite foods and drinks to family, friends and colleagues. So many folks chipped in to help make this party happen, which I seriously could not have done on my own. Sitting here on vacation--with some time to relax and reflect--I have such gratitude and thanks for everyone who contributed to the celebration of this latest book Mad Hungry Cravings--and with whom I have had the good fortune to work with in doing so.

Best,
LSQ

 

PS- This is a perfect menu to say goodbye to summer to (food, drinks, and music!).  Below are the recipes we served, straight from MH.Com:

Jerk Chicken
Mango Chutney
Jiggle Shots
Salsa Verde
Salsa Cruda
Shrimp Summer Rolls
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies 

 

Vacation

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Hi Everyone,

Wanted to give you all a heads up that I'm on a much-needed vacation for the next few weeks-- it's been an incredible year of touring, spurtling, book writing, and more. I'm looking forward to coming back refreshed and working on exciting projects for the fall!

For those in need of some immediate Mad Hungry, check out our YouTube page , where we're uploading videos of your favorite recipes every week. Don't see one you're dying to watch on there? Comment on this post or at: madhungrylsq@gmail.com and we'll pass on the suggestions to the video team.

Enjoy your holiday and I look forward to getting back to blogging in September.

Best,
LSQ