Life is always full and busy but these days every day is packed to the gills! The Texas leg of the book tour was fantastic. First of all, Central Market--my host cooking schools were fantastic. Thanks to every single person who worked on my classes AND everyone who came out to learn and get a book. It is truly inspiring to meet folks who like the work we do.
My son Calder came with me, which meant we cram-packed as many things into our off time as possible: meals, drinks, and live music. First, in Austin, we went to the famous Continental Club to see local band Two Tons of Steel and on our last night in Dallas, we saw Texas son Jimmy Vaughn, brother to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. That show was so good—nothing like a NYC show—very intimate yet exciting still. Here's a little video we did of when we were there.
Back home on the weekend, all 3 Quinn boys we're on deck and brought friends, which meant frying up 12 pounds of chicken. I promised Luca some fried chicken before he went back to college after spring break—I just didn't know how many hungry boys would turn out for supper!
Meanwhile, right back into work at MSL, meant writing, editing, meeting, planning and getting ready for our June issue, which is our food issue of the year. That one is filled with fab recipes and ideas. We also began launching our new YouTube channel, so please subscribe to be kept in the know, we're uploading Mad Hungry recipes as well as original vids by yours truly.
Thursday morning was the national TV launch of Mad Hungry cravings on The Today show. It is always fun for me to be there and catch up with those awesome folks especially Bianca (who on vacation) and Lish in the kitchen (in the photo with me above). You can't imagine the logistics involved in pulling off properly timed food for a live morning show.
It was a particularly fun appearance mostly because of the guest host Carson Daly. Many (hello, twenty somethings) might remember him from TRL on MTV and currently as host of The Voice on NBC. This guy is a kind, chill, connected and authentically good person. When that happens it makes work a pleasure. Turns out he's no stranger to the food-obsessed as his partner and mama of two kids, Siri (no not iphone Siri), chronicles her own food adventures on her blog, Siriously Delicious. Check it out. She does a much better job of daily blogging than I do.
As I've said before—I love blogging and you'd think it'd be easy to just dash off a daily dose of mad hungriness, but it turns out I'm much better at other writing forms (cookbooks anyone?)--old school status.
I'm so looking forward to this weekend to relax, cook, read and just chill out with my family! So whether yours has been a Passover week or will be a Easter weekend. Happy first of spring! I got the bug yesterday and pulled out a pink and orange spring sweater.
PS: If you're looking for some spring-friendly recipes to cook this weekend, check out a few below:
Butterflied, Rolled and Roasted Leg of Lamb
Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Aioli
Salmon with Tangerine-Lemon Hollandaise Sauce
Artichoke and Rice Salad
Spinach Pesto Fusilli
New York Style Cheesecake