Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn

A Quick Update

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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:

Marmalade-Glazed Ham
 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
Coconut-Topped Meringues
New York Style Cheesecake 


Today Show 3/28

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Hi Everyone,

Just a note on tomorrow morning's CRAVING-centric TODAY Show segment:

I'm so excited to be on air talking about Mad Hungry Cravings. The Today Show is a great supporter of Mad Hungry and are people I have been working with for years, so I'm always excited to take a trip back there.

Before I go back on the road to Florida,  I'll be on TOMORROW in the 9AM EST hour (although they say segment time is closer to 9:40AM at this point) demo-ing a few recipes from the book.

As you can see above, we're having a laugh about our childhood favorite guilty pleasures, which many of the recipes in the book came from (both me and my sons' cravings).  I'll be getting nostalgic tomorrow with the Today Show hosts and making Chicken Chive Burgers, Potato Poppers and Orange Creamsicle Floats.

Tune in to NBC at the 9AM EST hour to check it out!


Greetings from Texas: a Tex-Mex Meal

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A Tex-Mex Meal

Hi Folks,

CQ and I are in Texas, kicking off the Mad Hungry Cravings tour. I've spent the last week or so putting myself through iPhone video 101 and wanted to do some video blogging while on tour. Check out the video above for one of our many awesome meals we've had throughout this trip and stay tuned for more.

And to the Lone Staters that came out and showed the Mad Hungry love so far-- thanks for coming out, it was such a pleasure meeting all of you!


St. Patrick's Day Menus

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With St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, there seems to be two camps of people: Corned Beef and Cabbage folks and the non-Corned Beef folks. Luckily, We've got menus for both parties. Check out our two menus below to celebrate!

(Un)Corned Beef Menu: All the flavor of homemade corned beef but without the 3 days of curing. Plus, a mad good way to eat up the leftovers.

Uncorned Beef and Cabbage

Faux Reuben Sandwich

Salmon Menu: For those that don't love corned beef, I serve salmon. With some herbed mashed potatoes and green beans, it's a meal that's full of comfort.

Salmon with Lemon-Tangerine Hollandaise 

Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Yet Steamed Green Beans

and a drink that goes with everything? I love Magner's Hard Cider.

MH Guest Post: Calder Quinn

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I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to post on Mrs. Lucinda Scala Quinn's (otherwise known as 'mom') blog this afternoon. The reason for this unexpected (and I must say flattering) appearance?  Announcing the first leg of LSQ's book tour for the soon to be released (March 19th) Mad Hungry Cravings.

Our destination?  The fabulous Central Markets that dot the larger of the only two states that used to be their own countries, Texas: Austin March 19thDallas March 20thFort Worth March 21st, and Southlake March 22nd, for four cooking demonstrations to be held at 6:30 pm.

We are beyond excited for this opening leg of the book tour. Me, because I managed to finagle my way onto the trip--I've been dying to visit Texas since I read about Davy Crocket at the Alamo when I was 5 years old; I can't think of a state that offers more to American culture, can you?

Furthermore, my mother will be hosting a radio show at 1 pm on Monday, March 18th, for the Martha Live show on Sirius XM Radio's Stars channel 107 to talk about the imminent release of her book and whatever else strikes her fancy.  The guests? Myself, and the true woman behind the scenes, the inimitable Lauren T.  We will be doing a simultaneous live facebook and twitter chat so please call in with questions at 888-410-2102. We will also be giving away, via Facebook/Twitter, 4 signed copies of Lucinda's Mad Hungry Cravings Galleys (some pre-published swag).

We look forward to hearing from all you Mad Hungrers!

Until next time,