Mad Hungry Family Is Here!

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  ­ My new book Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew, is so much more than recipes. It’s all about the why—Why cook meals for your loved ones in this get-it-quick and premade era? Alongside the recipes are the stories—the proof-of-concept “how-to.” From the outset of committing to cook for… View Article

Springtime Rhubarb Chutney

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One of the amazing things in my new life as a self-employed entrepreneur (better late than never) is the renewed ability to really cook with the seasons. To have time to leisurely visit the markets and to experience the first fruits and vegetables of the spring is a gift. For fifteen years, my job was to find, curate, expose, and… View Article
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Why Cooking Comforts

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I can only speak for myself. Happy, sad, or in between, my kitchen is my safe haven. Stand up and chop the onions for dinner. Beat the butter and sugar for cookies. Roll the meatballs. Thats what cooking can do for you. Anchor yourself in firm footing: Do you know what I mean? Personal, national,… View Article
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One More Soupy Weekend

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Here in NYC, on the second to last March weekend before Easter, one last snow storm is supposedly heading our way. While my family and friends seem really bummed about it (we’re ready to jump head first into barbecue season), I turn to my number one winter coping skill, souping-braising-stewing. As long as I have… View Article
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Mad Hungry Cravings Party

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 [picasa username=”MadHungryLSQ” albumname=”MadHungryCravingsBookParty”]   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,… View Article

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… View Article
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Bob’s Red Mill + Spar of the Spurtle Giveaway!

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  Some things are meant to be! Two of my favorite worlds have randomly collided: spurtles and organic grains. Let me explain: for years I’ve been a diehard user of Bob’s Red Mill products especially the steel cut oats and all flours. I watched as the company has grown and kept itself front and center in… View Article

Kickstarter Projects We’re Loving Right Now

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Hi Everyone, I love hearing people’s stories of why food and cooking is important to them- whether it’s how they’re putting it on their own table, getting out there with a message to make the food system better, or teaching someone else your best recipes and tips. When I began my publishing career, there wasn’t… View Article

Summer Pesto Swap

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Sort of boring but always seasonally amazing the first batch of basil is ready for pesto. Gonna switch it up and swap the pine nuts for a different nut. Hazelnuts? Almonds? Thoughts? Discuss! And if you’re looking for another switch to your pesto recipe, here’s one that swaps the basil for spinach from Mad Hungry…. View Article

Mad Hungry Fourth of July

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No matter what my plans are for the Fourth of July, I always make sure they involve some of my favorite summer recipes. For me, the best way to relax and celebrate is with good food, family, and friends. If you’re looking for some inspiration for this Thursday, here are some recipes made for warm… View Article

Spurtlemania Contest: Have You Entered Yet?

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Hi Everyone, Since we announced the return of Spurtlemania, I’ve been thrilled to see so many devoted spurtle users in the photos we’ve received so far. I’ve also been surprised and a bit horrified to see all the destroyed pots, pans, and utensils! It looks like you all need some spurtles in your lives. One… View Article

Spurtlemania is BACK and YOU can win a set of Spurtles!

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Hi Everyone, When I began my television show, I kept hearing from viewers, “what is that utensil?” and “I need to have it!”. With a lot of buzz, I happily created a Mad Hungry-branded spurtle, my tried and tested all-purpose kitchen tool, to share with my fans. We premiered it on QVC back in February,… View Article

Updates: Life after Tour, Radio, Kitchen Wisdom, and QVC

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I know, I know..the whole point of a blog is to feed the beast daily if not twice or three times. Actually—you’d think I’d really EMBRACE that since its so much easier than writing a book or magazine article which is what I’m usually doing. This old dog is trying to learn the new trick of daily… View Article

Pasta

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I’m home from the book tour and already it feels like I never left. Swinging right back into home and work life–cooking is the thing I love in both places. Last night, we made some Pork Chops and Grits from some ingredients I bought in Virginia. Tonight I’m cooking a gift given to me on… View Article

Richmond American Made MeetUp + Book Signing

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Hi Everyone, I’m excited to announce a unique meet up I’m hosting tomorrow for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made celebration. For those of you not familiar with American Made,  it’s a movement for individuals and communities who have turned their passion for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses in food, fashion, beauty, community, design, crafts, garden, and technology. America has always had a creative… View Article

From NYC to Beantown

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Just a quick video on the train from New York City to Boston. Don’t forget to come see me and Calder (and get some Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip) tomorrow at Xhibition Kitchen!

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… View Article

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… View Article

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… View Article

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… View Article