Shrimp Scampi Versatility

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It’s handy to have a few dishes up your sleeve that can be prepared in several different ways depending on how you are feeling, or more importantly, how your fridge, freezer, or pantry are stocked at that very moment. Shrimp scampi is one of those dishes. The recipe brings a few ingredients together to create a deeply familiar and deeply… View Article

Stir-Fry Strategy

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  I make this type of meal at least once a week. It’s not the same type of stir-fry my  mom made in the 70’s with leftovers from last night’s dinner. No disrespect, because I loved that dish (often based around leftover teriyaki pork). But over my last few decades of professional cooking, I’ve learned a lot… View Article

Potato Salad for Easter

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When I arrived at my mom’s for Easter, she’d been combing through all my books to find her potato salad recipe, but with no luck. It was a bit of a surprise, as there are very few of her gems that haven’t been published. After a little digging we realized that it wasn’t in one… View Article
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Rose’s Tuna Salad

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A reader wrote to ask for my mom’s tuna salad recipe (which I couldn’t help but mention in this description of Rose). Today, once again, a Quinn said, “there’s nothing in the house to eat.” Looking beyond the near-empty fridge, the crisper and pantry held a few secrets and about-to-go-sour ingredients. Surely, a tuna salad was well… View Article

EASY PARTY DRINK: GIN AND TONIC

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Lucinda’s sharing her recipe for one of her favorite summer cocktails; gin and tonic with a club soda twist. Watch the latest “How-to with LSQ” to see Lucinda mix up a cold glass of G&T, plus learn a few great tips for making dynamite drinks:
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Inspiration for Weeknight Meals

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Juggling a job, family, and life in general can sometimes be hectic but that doesn’t mean that your dinner has to suffer. Even with a busy schedule you can make and enjoy easy meals that are affordable and delicious! Check out the gallery below for some of  my weeknight go-to dishes: [picasa username=”lsq713″ albumname=”LucindasMealsforBusyWeekNights”] Get… View Article
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Pork Jowl….B than b!

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[picasa username=”lsq713″ albumname=”PorkJowl”] Have you ever had it? OMG it’s like bacon only better. Is that even possible???–YES. Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for Mad Hungry TV to launch THIS Monday at 12/11c. CCQ and I will be visiting Martha’s show live at 10am that morning with a new super simple recipe using our favorite ingredient–… View Article
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A FISH GRILLING TECHNIQUE

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I leaned this from a chef friend-Michael who lives and works in Los Angeles at the restaurant Providence. Good fresh fish like salmon needs just to be salt and pepperered for flavor BUT–to grill it so it won’t stick on the grill? Lightly brush mayonaise on it to form a film before grilling. It’s not… View Article
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Roasted Red Peppers For Days

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[picasa username=”lsq713″ albumname=”RoastedRedPeppersForDays”] If you take some time, about half an hour to roast 5-6 red peppers, peel, cut into strips, saute lightly in olive oil with sliced garlic then you will have a gift in your fridge that just keeps giving. Here is but one three day plan. The main thing to remember is… View Article
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Spring Dinner

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[picasa username=”lsq713″ albumname=”SpringDinnerFishEnPapillote510″] Classic, classic us: thinking its another utterly free and unplanned day–I ride up to the Colombia farmers market to see what’s there and the bounty is great. THe fish from Long Island is the freshest and only what’s come from those waters. I picked a couple pounds of fluke and a couple… View Article

DOGS, BOYS AND BREAKFAST

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Am missing this boy child terribly given his canceled flight home due to this horrendous NYC weather. This boy doggie misses him too–stalking me in the bedroom, kitchen, living room–another incorrigible yearling who needs more than this ladies exercise routine! Still–there is a household of other males who seem to evade the dog walking but… View Article
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PERNIL

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Bone-in pork shoulder (Pernil) is an awesome cut of meat. It’s where value + flavor= feeds a large crowd. Marinating in a combo of or single citrus (grapefruit, orange, lime), oregano, garlic, hot pepper, olive oil, salt and back pepper. Best after 2 days of marinating but I’ll be cooking this today and it’ll still… View Article

HANDMADE CAPPUCCINO

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I’ve used many fancy espresso machines and battery powered milk foamers etc over the years but love making cappuccinos without a machine. Best coffee (personal choice) finely ground and made in a stove top moka coffee pot. Then whole milk is heated in the microwave until hot but not scalded and I take a small… View Article
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MAD Thirsty

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I’m not sure what took me so long to get it but boy do I love my new soda stream . While not the most beautiful looking thing–it is so good. Bottles of sparkling water are made in seconds. For years we’ve kept jugs of Brita filtered water http://www.brita.com/intl/around the house and except milk and… View Article
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Boy Banana Breakfast

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If I swirl mashed bananas into chocolate chip cookie dough, french toast batter, pancakes, muffins etc–boys like it better. Here the bananas are mashed into the Old Fashioned Pancakes recipe from MH AND served fresh along side for a double hit. Thanks to Kamran for the reminder on this which is a very yummy and… View Article
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MORE ON CABBAGE- KALE

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Not to beat a dead cabbage but–this variety of cabbage which behaves like kale is kind of insane as pointed out on yesterdays MH FB page post by Kempe Minifie (former executive food editor Gourmet magazine). Should you have a garden, I recommend getting these seeds. Unlike most other cabbages, there is so little water… View Article
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MAD HUNGRY IN GLAMOUR

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Check out the February issue of Glamour Magazine for a delicious guy-friendly app: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Barbecue Sauce as well as other tips for feeding dudes!
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HOMEMADE TRUMPS CONVENIENCE

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In the time it takes to order pizza and pick it up or wait for delivery, you can make a MUCH better and more affordable meal at home, provided your pantry is stocked. Many friends and colleagues tell me they just don’t have time to cook. But, they have time to order in and wait… View Article

ONE-POT PAELLA FOR ENTERTAINING

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Another Mad Hungry recipe–not an any night meal for me but still–so easy and slightly special for an easy entertaining option. Just get some fresh seafood and the rest requires fairly basic ingredients. A large salad, some bread and wine is all you need for a really great feed.

NOTES ON DIETING FOR THE POST HOLIDAY SEASON

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I received the most sensible note from reader Greg where he attempts to sift through info overload for health. “Do you have any thoughts on eating healthy – losing weight, etc. What is your philosophy?I am a guy, love to cook but confused by all the nutrition info slammed into my mind by books, media,… View Article
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