Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn

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Now and then a journalist reports exactly what you mean by what you've said--translating your truth without bias. That is what happened here, in this piece published today in the Houston Chronicle by Greg Morago. Read it and learn what our new cooking show, "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn", premiering on the Hallmark Channel weekdays at 12/11c, is all about.

Thank You Greg

Lucinda Scala Quinn addressed those concerns last year with Mad Hungry, a mealtime survival guide drawn from rearing three ravenous sons and pleasing a husband who loves to eat (growing up, she also cooked for four hungry brothers, so let's just say that Scala Quinn knows from feeding men and boys).

But the author, who is editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Omnimedia and co-host of Everyday Food on PBS, wasn't satisfied with being the one who simply put food on the table. She wanted her brood to learn to fend for themselves — to know how to cook not just to survive but to inherit those same emotions she feels when she feeds the ones she loves. Mad Hungry took all of Scala Quinn's instincts as a mother and a nurturer with all her impulses for good, honest, nourishing food and baked them into one big, delicious stew.

Now she's ready to serve heaping portions to an even wider audience with Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn, a new cooking show that debuts on the Hallmark Channel on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. (it will air weekdays at 11). Food lovers will no doubt become mad hungry for this new series.

We caught up with Scala Quinn as she was taping her show:

Q: Your show is billed as getting fun, family-friendly meals to the table. Isn't that the challenge of most home cooks? How will your show demonstrate that?

A: Yes, it's the challenge of most home cooks for sure. I think we sort of feel it was an easier time back in the day when Mom didn't have a job outside the home and was at home cooking.

I'm showing strategies that can only be acquired from hard-core knowledge that comes from a working mom. I show you how to multi-task and strategize so you can apportion your time. Maybe you have an hour and a half Sunday, so you can get something prepared for dinner that night and something for the freezer. I always tend to be a very frugal cook. I always look how to make three things out of one.

Q: You're a proponent of single-skillet meals and dinners made from leftovers. It sounds like saving time is an important mealtime consideration to you.

A: Totally, that's how I do everything. I'm a big fan of braises. I'm one pot, one pan. I'm always thinking like that on multiple levels when I'm cooking. I grew up in a family cooking, and I've been cooking professionally since I was 16 years old so a lot of it is ingrained in my actions. I will make a huge pot of soup so I can put a quart in the refrigerator for Monday's dinner. And that whole pot of soup was made out of beans which cost 89 cents a bag. That's how I eat and think.

Q: We've all learned to economize in the kitchen because of the financial situation. How has the recession changed our approach to mealtime?

A: I grew up the daughter of a mother of the Depression. We didn't waste a thing; I've always been a frugal cook. What I've noticed today is that people who've lost their jobs now are the people making dinner for the family. And they have actually discovered they like it in the kitchen. It's satisfying to them and it feels good. So now it's something being done more by choice instead of being thrown into it.

Q: You also are a big proponent of the home-cooked meal that is consumed as a family. You tell home cooks to be a mealtime evangelist. Do we have time to eat together anymore?

A: It's so personal, I would never choose to answer that for someone. I want people to do what's comfortable for them. If it's only convenient for a family to sit down one day a week for a meal, that's better than no meals at all. Do I believe there's health and well-being at the family dinner table? Absolutely. It's one-stop shopping for wellness. You have to decide it's important to you.

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Sweet Potato FriesPhoto Credit: Mikkel Vang

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Comments (5)

  • Hi Lucinda! I just love your new cookbook, "Mad Hungry" and I loved it so much I also purchased, Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen. I love the stories about your family and how easy you make the recipes for just about anyone who has a basic understanding of cooking. I have four grown children (three daughters and one son). We continue to get together for family celebrations and we also share recipes. So, from mom "Lucinda" and her children. Bless you and thank you!

  • My family has loved everything that I have cooked from "Mad Hungry." My son liked the cheese fries so much that he even made them for himself! Will you be selling A DVD of the "Mad Hungry" television show? If so,I will place my order for 2 right now. I am slowly working my way through the receipes in the "Mad Hungry" cook book...

  • I watch MAD HUNGRY at 11:00am EST, and at 11:30 (2 different shows). I understand Martha will be in your 11:00 timeslot Starting January 31. Will you be in ? Will you still be on at 11:30?

    On January 18, on your 11:30 show you made a Vegeterian Pressed Sandwich, I haven't been able to find it on the web.

    Thanks so much for your show and book. I use the recipes in it every week.

    Donna

  • I LOVE YOUR SHOW AND THE RECIPES YOU MAKE. I FIND IT SO HELPFUL TO WATCH COOKS MAKE THEIR RECIPES ON T.V. IT MAKES IT SO MUCH EASIER TO FOLLOW THE RECIPE AFTER SEEING THEM PREPARED FROM START TO FINISH. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE TIPS THAT I HAVE PICKED UP. UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER ALL MY YEARS OF COOKING, I STILL CANNOT MASTER THE QUICK SLICING METHOD. I KEEP TRYING.

    WHAT TYPE OF KNIVES DO YOU USE? I HAVE SPENT MORE MONEY ON SUPPOSEDLY GREAT KNIVES AND HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM DISAPPOINTED WITH THEIR ABILITY TO KEEP AN EDGE.

  • Hi Lucina: I saw your show about soups today and I really enjoyed it. I love all the recipes you do. One tip I have is that I cook my beans in a slow-cooker. I don't need to soak them, I just put them in the slow-cooker, add an onion and/or bell pepper, water or chicken stock and then let it cook all night. In the morning the beans are done! Then I just add salt. It's recommended not to add salt at the beginning or the beans won't get soft, so always add the salt last.

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