Recipes from Today’s Show: Easy Pantry Recipes

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TODAY on MHTV: Keeping your cupboard stocked with a few staples will spare you from having to take a trip to the grocery store after a busy day. My son Calder’s go-to dish when there’s “nothing in the house” is tuna tomato pasta. Serve it with a simple side salad of tomato, avocado, and basil and then indulge in a delicious chocolate cake that gets mixed in the same pan it bakes in. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Tuna Tomato Pasta

Tomato, Avocado and Basil salad

Busy-Day Chocolate Cake

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” weekdays at 11 a.m. /10 a.m. CT on Hallmark Channel. Bonus episode airs weekdays at 11:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. CT.

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  • Ava October 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    chocolate cake could you use whole wheat Flour??

  • Amy October 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I’m about to make this with my daughter, who is nearly 3 and afraid of the mixer, so this recipe should be perfect. I measured out all the ingredients for her so she can just dump them into the pan. (Made the frosting while she was napping so the noise wouldn’t scare her!)

  • Valerie! October 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Does anyone happen to have a link, or remember the recipe for, the frosting she made with this cake? I know it was nice and easy, but I forgot to write it down as I was watching the episode, and then accidentally deleted it from my DVR. 🙁 Thanks!

  • ireta October 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    looked for recipe for chocolate bundt cake on Fridays show,can’t find…also chicken & dumplings, it was n ot posted.

  • Susan October 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    thank you for the web todays recipe did not say how much melted butter for the cupcakes I was able to look it up Love Love the show can not wait to go to Colorado to cook for my GrandBoys

  • Mare October 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    @Valerie, here is the recipe for the Simple Buttercream frosting that was made on the show.

    2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1.In a mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat on high speed 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.

  • Auntyj October 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    What is the name or type of wooden utensil you use in most of your episodes…I love the shape!!

  • jrt November 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Ill be trying this recipe….. how nice of you to share the simple ones with us………we love it!!!

  • maddy coppola November 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    It is a bit trying to access the recipes.
    When you request one the computer goes back to the original or second screen.
    It took several tries to get to the chocolate cake recipe, but eventually I found it.
    If you would try it yourself and see that it is not that user freindly

  • maddy coppola November 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    This page came back after I submitted my comments. I dont know if they went through.
    How can you tell?

  • Valerie! November 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    @Mare: Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’re the best! I could just reach through the computer and hug you right now! 😀

  • Peggy deAndrade November 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Last night I made the Busy-Day Chocolate Cake for company. It was so easy and quck to make. I substituted cold coffee for the cold water which made it even richer. I did find the quantity of frosting to be too much for an 8″ square pan, but otherwise it was delicious and enjoyed by all.

  • Amber Walker November 10, 2010 at 3:01 am

    She is so informative, and, obviously, has taught me sooooo much. She is wonderful! I love so many of her recipes and I would love more, except that I am always watching my weight, so I have to be particular. However, my kids have not been disappointed…and ne’er a weight prob. So, life and food are good for them! Anyway…Anybody….your thoughts? I would relish the opportunity to hear from you. Although writing is good too…

  • cribs March 1, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I am trying this one right now. I am glad I have my time now! I can’t wait for the finished one.

  • oona cabral March 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

    i need the recipe for that eggless chocolate cake please. i was watching the show while i was sleeping and heard it but need to try it

  • lynn goodman April 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I just adore Lucindas’ new cooking show and watch it religiously. When this busy day chocolate cake was aired I couldn’t wait to make it… especially based on the reviews. Well, i made it today. i did follow another bloggers idea of substituting cold fresh coffee for cold water. with that said… the cake tasted ok… absolutely nothing wonderful… just ok. If the truth be known… my son didn’t really like it, but I thought it was a fine recipe for the times you might be in a pinch and without eggs. Although, i didn’t believe I’ll prepare it again. But thank you lucinda for your terrific show… i just love Mad Hungry!

  • Lori April 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Love the show “Mad Hungry”…would you please tell me what Lucinda thinks a well-stocked pantry should contain?
    thank you!

  • Janet Anderson September 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Mmmm…good….I thought there was a mistake in the recipe when I saw there were no eggs…who ever heard of making a cake without I have.. and guess what? It’s very good and moist and very cakey.. try it you will like it…

  • Azeddine February 9, 2012 at 1:06 am

    these tuortial videos are great! really helpful. please make more videos like these!

  • Mon December 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Can this be doubled? Love this recipe & my family agrees it is great without frosting!

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