Recipes From Today’s Show: Italian Comfort Food

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TODAY on MHTV: To me, there are few things more comforting than the Italian meals I grew up with. My friend Randi Harris, a new mother, is stopping by to learn a few of my favorites: a cozy chicken livornese, braised in a rich stew of olives, capers, and plum tomatoes, and served with my easy arborio rice. For dessert, cool coffee ice cream topped with hot espresso. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Chicken Livornese

Easy Arborio Rice

Coffee Ice Cream Affogato

Get the recipes from the 11:30 am/et show, Sunday Cook.

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.

  • G May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Did you post recipe’s that were NOT on your program today 5.31.2012? Looking for the Italian meat loaf and mashed potatoes w. ricotta. Thanks!

  • Dody Breaux May 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Today, thurs. may 31 (10:00 cst) – meatloaf recipe, please

  • Barbara Merklee May 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Also looking for the meatloaf recipe. Looked great

  • Donna D'Amato May 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    looking for Italian meatloaf AND

    what kind of Marsala in cookies – dry or sweet?

  • Leslie Burton May 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Need meatloaf with pistachios recipe. Thanks

  • The MH Team May 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi All,

    We’re sorry about the problems you encountered today, there was a last minute schedule change that we were not aware of. Here are the recipes you’re looking for:

    The MH Team

  • Pauline May 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Mix ups happen. It’s just great to see that people are watching and want the recipes. Please make more new episodes of Mad Hungry. These repeats are enough. We need to know more new episodes are going to be made.


  • Helene May 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I’m glad someone posted John Contratti’s blog. The recipes (like here) are outstanding. It is way over due that this gentleman hasn’t returned to Mad Hungry yet.


  • Aaron June 1, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I agree with you Helene. The one guest who received more praise than anyone, hasn’t been back yet. Let’s hope MH does right by the guy, who made more people aware of the show than anyone else. More people know about Mad Hungry through him than the Hallmark Channel. (which when you ask anyone, they don’t even know what the Hallmark Channel is) Which is a shame because they’re missing out on a good cooking show.


  • Jane M June 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I emailed the Hallmark Channel about the future of MH with NEW EPISODES and this was their reply dated May 29, 2012

    “Many shows from the MSLO brand such Emeril’s Kitchen, Mad Hungry will continue though scheduling has not yet been determined.”

    I used the “Contact US” on their website to ask my question. They are not very forthcoming but they do tell me that the show is continuing.

  • Patty June 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    To Jane M:

    Thanks so much for the info. Hopefully Hallmark will get their act together and Mad Hungry will get back into production. I’m a big fan of John Contratti and his blog and want to see him return to Mad Hungry to cook some of the great things he has out there. . Hopefully it will all work out. Thanks again!! 🙂

    Patty A.

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