Recipes From Today’s Show: Eggplant Rollatini

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TODAY on MHTV: I had so much fun visiting with a fourth-grade class in Garden City, NY, last winter that I invited their teacher, John Contratti, to come on the show and share some of his favorite recipes: an easy, cheesy eggplant rollatini and a savory side dish of sauteed radicchio and endive tossed with chickpeas and walnuts.More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Eggplant Rollatini

Radicchio and Endive Side Dish

Get the recipes from the 11:30 a.m. ET show: Fondue Night

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” Mondays at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT, Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

  • Bonnie April 11, 2012 at 10:03 am


    I’m new to watching Mad Hungry. I never new about it until I started following John Contratti’s blog. You now have a new viewer.


  • Carrie April 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Love that eggplant today. Your guests side dish will be made.


  • Bill April 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I was unaware that there was a Hallmark Channel and a cooking show called Mad Hungry. I was made aware by your guests cooking website. It’s a wonderful channel. I will continue to watch. Love the recipes on the show today.

    Billy B.

  • Rita April 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Lo,

    Loved today’s show, guest and recipes. If the show is going to make new episodes, please bring John Contratti back. Love his blog and all the things he’s up to. Thank you.


  • Fran April 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Liked your guest John Contratti today. I’m reading he has a website. Can you post it please? Thanks.


  • Barrie April 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Today’s rollatini looked delectable. Good show today.


  • Sharon L. April 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Being a teacher too, I’m an admirer of John Contratti’s blog. He has great recipes on there today and everyday. So glad he cooked with you.

    Sharon L.

  • Penny April 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I know the shows have been repeats. But if new ones are made, this guy needs to cook again with Lucinda. I loved todays show.


  • Ray April 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    To Fran:

    Here’s John Contratti’s website:

    I use it all the time. Great show today, Lucinda.


  • Julie April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Ms. Quinn,

    I watched your show for the entire hour today. It’s a wonderful program. I, like many, follow John Contratti’s blog and wanted to see him on your show. I continued and watched the second episode. A fine program.


  • Yolanda April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm


    The two recipes today were terrific. The combination of the two go so well together. I will be making both of them.


  • Liz April 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Mad Hungry,

    Great show today! I really enjoyed your guest cook. I will have to check out his blog.


  • Pete April 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Credit where credit is due, today’s guest “Mr. C” has brought lots of attention to Mad Hungry and even the Hallmark Channel. Let’s see him cook again.


  • Arlene April 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm


    Great show today. Love Mr. Contratti. Please have him back. He’s got one of the coolest blogs around.


  • Ewan April 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I got to know your guest John Contratti on a live blog on Oscar night. He created the coolest Oscar themed recipes for that week. I’m so glad I heard about your show through him. Look forward to seeing him again. The recipes looked delicious today.


  • Yelena D. April 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

    It was the first time i saw Mr. Contratti on your show today and i think he is a good cook,but Lucinda you are the best cook, better than anyone else,you make it so simple and so easy. Thank you.

  • Betty April 12, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Love that John Contratti. I just went through his blog and found so many great recipes. Please have him back to cook again. Thanks Lucinda.


  • Polly April 12, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Had the pleasure of meeting the young man cooking with you today. He was so kind and sincere when we chatted. He made a wonderful guest who I would like to see again on Mad Hungry.

    Thanks you,


  • Vivian April 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Dear Lo,

    Great episode (although a repeat). Any news about Lucinda making new episodes for the Fall??? Please bring Mr. Contratti back if more will be made.


    • Lucinda Scala Quinn April 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Vivian,

      As of now, we’re developing stages of the show. As soon as we have more information, we will absolutely pass the good news on! Thanks for being so patient.

      The MH Team

  • Ted April 12, 2012 at 8:24 am


    Will be making eggplant rollatini tonight. It looked so delicious. Liked the guy who cooked with you.


  • Elena April 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Like these two recipes and the gentleman who cooked them with you. It looks like he has established a nice size fan base.


  • Walter April 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Lucinda and Mr. Contratti,

    I love the recipes the two of you made. They have inspired me to get out there and cook more. Lucinda, you are the best cook on television. I hope Hallmark Channel knows how great you are. Mr. Contratti, I follow your blog each day. I love seeing your recipes and the occasional celebrity pix. I admire how you have a dual career going. It’s very inspiring for kids to see how multi-talented we all can be. I would like to see the two of you cook again on the show.


  • Florence April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Ms. Quinn,

    I’m a brand new viewer to your program. You have a lovely cooking show. You certainly know your audience. My daughter follows Mr. Contratti’s blog and she told me she read about your show and that he was cooking with you. We both tuned in and enjoyed it very much. I will now watch your program.


  • Lucille April 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Made Mr. Contratti’s raddichio and endive last night. It was so delicious. He was a great guest. Would like to see more of his recipes.


  • Ben April 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm


    Can’t wait to hear more episode news of Mad Hungry. I will be patient like so many others. Love cook John. Making the rollatini for guests this weekend. I have the show on my DVR, so I can make it step by step with you and John. Can’t wait to see the two of you cook again. Have a great weekend.


  • Will April 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Loved the two dishes made with Mr. Contratti. Making both tonight. They looked so delicious when you were tasting them at the end of the program.


  • Brooke April 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Ms. Quinn,

    Made both these two recipes last evening. It was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever made. My family was quite pleased. Congrats to you and John Contratti for a great show and super recipes, Let’s see the two of you cook something else up.


  • Jackie April 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Lucinda,

    To begin, we made the eggplant rollatini you and John made together this week. It was so delicious. After dinner I showed the raddichio and endive recipes to my guests, which I haven’t made yet, but it looks good. We went through some of your recipes and then we visited John’s blog. This guy truly blows my mind. Yes, he has many great recipes, but as we were going through his posts, he was talking about his night at the TV Land Awards and posted some cool pictures. I think this is why so many people have connected with him. He’s a great cook who has a very entertaining site for people to check out. I can’ wait to see him again on your show. Many thanks!!


  • Arlene April 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Have to be honest and say I never heard of the show Mad Hungry. I learned about it when I attended The 10th Annual Iron Skillet Cook Off back in late Fall. One of the judges was guest cook John Contratti. He was a delight to chat with. I’ve been following his blog since I met him. I’m now enjoying watching Mad Hungry.


  • Helen April 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Ms. Quinn,

    Made the eggplant rollatini and it was outstanding. You have a very good program. Like many of the above, I never heard of your show until I followed John Contratti’s blog. I’m thrilled to have discovered you.

    Helen W.

  • Wills Texas June 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t wait to try these recipes with the eggplants I am growing in my garden. I have never tried eggplant, but this looks wonderful!

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