Recipes from Today’s Show: Classic Mediterranean Dishes

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TODAY on MHTV: We’re making a Mediterranean feast that’s a lot simpler than it sounds. Roast leg of lamb, stuffed artichokes, and a healthy tabbouleh salad. Plus, you can turn the leftovers into an easy weeknight meal. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Roast Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary

Stuffed Artichokes

Tabbouleh Salad

Get the recipes from the 11:30 am ET show: Rustic Italian Recipes

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” Mondays at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

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  • Rhonda July 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hi Lucinda,
    I had to write to you today and share a story with you. If no one has claimed the title, I am Mad Hungry’s #1 fan, and yours too. I DVR and keep many of your episodes. Watch some over and over again. I like cooking with you and your guests. I can pause it, etc. My kids always tease me about you and Mad Hungry. It’s just the best show out there and you are the perfect cook. After the other day, my daughter says I have the right to claim my title. I am a proud New Yorker and I was shopping at Whole Foods on Houston Street. I love that store. While in the produce section I noticed a gentleman shopping. He looked so familiar to me. I even asked my daughter. Well, being such a Mad Hungry fanatic I knew it was your guest John Contratti. I’m not the quiet type and I probably embarrassed my daughter. There he was minding his own business and this nutty lady has to go over and ask if he was who I thought he was. He was truly amazed by me. I explained that episode is one of the ones that I have saved on my DVR. I’ve viewed it many times. By now my daughter is mortified with me.
    I have to say, he was the nicest and kindest guy. He allowed me to rant for 10 minutes about you and the show. He allowed me to pick his brain on different recipes. This guy has a wealth of recipes. In a brief time he gave me so many great ideas. (He was telling me what he was putting together for a surprise birthday dinner for a friend in the city.) When I took a piece of paper out of my bag to write them down, I think my daughter wanted to kill me. John had nothing but high praise for you and the Mad Hungry crew. I told him I was going to tell you of my experience.
    I told him I hope to see him cook some of the wonderful things he was sharing with me on Mad Hungry again. Please have him back asap. I always thought he was one of your best guests. And the great thing is, he can cook!! I feel you have discovered a great talent. Best of all, he was a sweetheart to this babbling woman.
    Now, I think I deserve the title “Mad Hungry’s #1 Fan”. What do you think?


  • cathy July 14, 2011 at 11:30 am


    I love your mom. So sweet! I have to LOL with Rhonda’s comment. Now that’s a true fan. I do agree with her though. I did find that gentleman to be one of your best guests.
    So if your reading Rhonda, I also think Mad Hungry should have him on again very soon.

    Keep up the great work Lucinda.


  • Gregory July 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Lucinda,

    Love your tabbouleh recipe today. I look for simple inexpensive recipes. I’ve been unemployed since May. One good thing is I now get to see you everyday. Nice to see your mom cooking with you today. Since I’ve been off since the beginning of May, I like previous commenters, was quite taken with John Contratti. I like seeing guys cook. (Love Calder, too.) You are the only female cook who I really enjoy watching. Otherwise I tend to watch the guys. Kudos to you Lucinda!!!
    Please let us know when John will be cooking some new recipes with you. Hopefully I’ll be working soon and I will definitely DVR to see the two of you cooking once again.
    Regards to your mom.


  • Tracey July 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm


    Boy can I relate to Rhonda’s daughter. I’m 51 and my mom still embarrasses me. But then, I do it to my kids too. Do your boys ever get embarrassed by their talented mom? I tell my three boys (just like you) deal with it, you’ll do it to your kids too one day.
    But yes, I agree with the comments the teacher was a very genuine guest and I did make that vegetable recipe of his, which was great. So bring him back.
    Your mom looked so beautiful on TV today!!!


  • Bob July 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve never been a “lamb” person, but I do want to give it a try after seeing your
    show today.


  • Mary July 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I may have to give this a test! I only VERY recently discovered artichokes…my family never ever had them! But now I am always on the look out for artichoke recipes. Thanks for this!

  • Eileen July 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm


    Seeing you make the artichokes with your mom today, really got to me. It reminded me when my mom and I would sit together and stuff the artichokes.
    Sadly, she’s no longer with me, but I felt her while watching today. So in her honor I ran to the store and my boys, (I have 2) will help me stuffed them today. I am a teacher and have the summer off to spend the time cooking.
    I truly relate to the other commenters about teacher John Contratti. Let’s hear it for teachers. We are so underrated on what we do. No doubt he’s a super cook and like your number 1 fan Rhonda (haha) requested, I want to see the two of you cook up a great meal together very soon.

    Thanks for the mom memories…………


  • linda September 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I enjoy watching and learning from Mad Hungry. Recently I tried the marinated chicken from the “Weeknight Dinner Challenge Winner” episode. As Lucinda is preparing the recipe she states that 2 tablespoons of salt seem like a lot but “it works”, therefore when I made the recipe I added 2 tablespoons of salt. BIG MISTAKE! Two tablespoons of salt “is” too much. I had to throw out my family dinner 🙁 A shame because otherwise the flavor was delicious. I suggest the 2 tablespoons of salt be modified in this recipe to maybe 1/2 teaspoon of salt. As the saying goes…you can always add but you can’t take it out.

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