Two Dutch Cookies

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Amsterdam is really a trip. It seems as though there are more bikes and boats than cars zipping around this city, which is connected by an ancient Labyrinthian connection of canals and bridges. But there are two types of crazy good cookies that are just as good as it gets at the source. Stroopwafel are two thin wafel-type patties sandwiched with a ooey-gooey oozey type caramel mixture–a total-texture WOW!  And speculoos–a very old style cookie that is a biscuity (as in cookie)-short dough which is imprinted with different types of images or scenes by using a rolling pin or old style ‘press’ pictured here.  Like so many old European cities, there are lots of bakeries with local specialties and a culture that supports and loves them.  Walk the streets early morning and the scents of fresh baked goods just wafts through the air.  More later on a dinner that has me reeling from the intoxicating spices and I am now trying to figure out how to get more soon!

  • Lorraine October 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Hello Lucinda:

    You are such a joy to watch every morning. I turned the tv on this morning, and much to my sadness you were not there. Have a wonderful vacation with your Mom and family, you so deserve it.

    Please come back to us.

    Much love,


  • Phyllis October 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Mad Hungry is the best. It must come back. Email Hallmark Channel everyone.


  • Harley October 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    The morning lineup is awful. There s no reason Mad Hungry can’t continue. It’s the best cooking show on the air.


  • Frances October 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm


    You are the best. Mad Hungry is the only cooking show worth watching. Thanks to you I have followed John Contratti’s blog. He too, has great recipes. You are such a giving person sharing so much with us. Please bring back Mad Hungry. I will tell the Hallmark Channel.


  • Nick October 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Call the Hallmark Channel people, EVERYDAY!!! We want Mad Hungry back on ASAP. WE CAN DO IT!


  • Barbara Hrabik October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Hallmark needs to WAKE-UP before MAMA (91yrs young) gives them a beating they will never forget! I watch this beautiful lady and she was heartbroken that Mad Hungry is’nt there to see her FAV Hostess with the Mostest especially her boys! PLEASE come back LSQ we Really miss you! Enjoy the vacation with ur Mom because you never know what life will bring! If you are EVER in Pittsburgh, Pa give us a holler cause MAMA loves you! <3

  • Ginny M October 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Miss your program, will be waiting for you to come back again!

  • Troy October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Bring back Mad Hungry. It’s the best show on the air. Troy

  • Joy October 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Call 1-818-755-2400. Come on Mad Hungry lovers, let’s get the show back on by November 1.


  • Ann Zaffuto October 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Love love your show and food. I have your Mad Hungry book. My grandson CALDER and I watched everyday together. I will try to follow you wherever you go!

  • Jenny October 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Cookies look yummy. Lucinda, we will get you back on tv.


  • Barbara October 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hallmark will realize what they have in you. Viewers are out in full force. Let our voices be hears. Lucinda, enjoy your trip.


  • Sheri October 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Mad Hungry,

    We will contact Hallmark continuously. There is no reason the show can’t continue on the Hallmark Channel. We want new episodes. NOW


  • Ted October 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Start calling people. 1 -818-755-2400 leave a message at the Hallmark Channel and email them EVERYDAY. Not just once. Tell them how much you love Mad Hungry and that you want it back with ALL NEW EPISODES.


  • Debra Carroll October 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I have truly enjoyed you and your family, I raised 2 sons myself and it gave me much joy to watch your show. I hope you find a place on television and until then will follow online and purchase books. Hope to see you soon!

  • Joy October 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I am so sorry to hear your news. I love your show much more than any other cooking show I have seen. All of the other ones have become so very commercial. I love everything you cook and I enjoy the fact that your boys get in there and help you. I love it! Please keep up the good work and let everyone know where we can find you when you return. I hope you have an enjoyable time off and will be anxious to return. Poo to the Hallmark Channel!

  • Virginia October 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I will miss the show. Take to take the entire brand somewhere else. Look forward to seeing all the shows on a new network.

  • Frank October 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Come on folks, don’t be wishing Lucinda luck else where. Stand up and tell Hallmark, to put the show back on. Email the Hallmark Channel. Don’t just sit there. If you really love the show. Email and Call. 1-818-755-2400. We must be heard.


  • Cindy October 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    We want Mad Hungry back on the air. Home and Family is awful. I mean really awful. We can get Mad Hungry back on. There is an audience for it.


  • Georgette October 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    That’s right! We are not going to allow a network get away without hearing from us. Mad Hungry must be back on the Hallmark Channel.


  • Edith October 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm


    We are so capable of getting Mad Hungry back on the air. The Hallmark Channel needs to hear us. But they must hear us each day. We will not stop until Lucinda is back. It’s time for new Mad Hungry episodes.


  • Sandra Poteet October 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I miss you and all your good food. I have learned so much from your show.Please come back, I watched you every day.You are a beautiful lady. Hurry back.

  • Dave October 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Mad Hungry deserves to continue. Hallmark needs to know what a gem they have in their hands. We ALL must tell the Hallmark Channel. Bring back Mad Hungry!


  • Steph Rogers October 3, 2012 at 5:40 am

    The new “Home and Family” show is terrible. Hallmark has the nerve to repeat it. Four hours of garbage. Mad Hungry can return. It can be back on very soon. We all love the show so everyone must email the Hallmark Channel and call. 1-818-755-2400. Let’s get all new episodes of Mad Hungry made.


  • Sharon October 3, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Just sent an email to the Hallmark Channel. Mad Hungry must return !!!!!


  • Matthew October 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Cookies look yummy. We will get Mad Hungry back on. I will not turn Hallmark Channel back on until Mad Hungry returns and they order new episodes. Everyone please keep up the support.


  • Faith October 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I love how much passion there is out there for Mad Hungry. Just read a comment from John Contratti on his blog that Mad Hungry is the best show out there. We all know that Mad Hungry is special. It has a warm homey feeling. It has to come back.


    Everyone’s Talking “Mad Hungry”.

  • Pamela Sue October 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Love the stroop! Cant wait to try the speculoos!

    I cant believe that Mad Hungry really is ‘getting the boot’ lol. So sad! Hallmark will be hearing from me!

    The Mad Hungry spirit will forever be a part of my life, both in and out of the kitchen! Thanks for that gift, Lucinda and fam. I’m looking forward to your upcoming blog posts and whatever the future has in store!

    Keep the faith! Lucinda will be back!

  • Sandra Chrane October 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Miss you so each day!! Have a good time with your Mom, and keep blogging! I don’t twitter, etc. Looking forward to your posts!!

  • Maria Connare October 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Mad Hungry is awesome! Hallmark, bring it back please.

  • Kathie Fazio October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I agree with all the others who are missing Lucinda and Mad Hungry. I will certainly contact Hallmark. The new lineup of shows aren’t worth watching at all!

  • Abby October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    overload their facebook page with the sadness about them losing Lucinda and Martha. such a stupid move on their part.

  • Rona October 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t have Facebook or Twiter, so I love this blog. Can people post a Facebook page to “Bring Back Mad Hungry on Hallmark Channel”. Let them here us.


  • Steve October 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    1-818-755-2400 CALL CALL CALL

    Tell Hallmark, we want Mad Hungry back with all new episodes, not just repeats. The new show “Home ad Family” is awful.

  • Sara October 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t have Facebook either. Can someone post the phone number on their, for people to call. Thank you.



  • Lucinda Scala Quinn October 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    All of you folks are totally amazing. And I love the activists you are–just like I am! Keep the spirit. I will keep on keeping on and we will be back together soon on the airwaves!!! Best, LSQ

  • Carol, A BIG Fan October 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Enjoy your trip-Love and Speedy Recovery to Mom-And don’t rush the time off!!!!-
    Thanks for the postings from Holland-
    Just sending a quick “Dutch Tip”: Try the smoked AND the fresh herring fillets (served on papers or boats! The fillets are done right on the street and cut in 2″ tidbits-with a toothpick–from the street vendors in Amsterdam–I’ve been trying to get fresh and smoked herring fillets like those (even at the famed Classic Grand Central Sation Fish Market Restaurant-who run a fresh Herring Festival each Year–But nothing compares to those we had there 10 years ago-My mouth still waters for them!!!!

    Much Love and Thanks for all your Sharing-Carol

  • TJ October 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Come on everyone, contact everyone at Hallmark. We all want NEW EPISODES OF MAD HUNGRY.

  • Eileen October 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Just click and tell them to bring back Mad Hungry with ALL NEW EPISODES.

  • Daphne October 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi LSQ,

    First of all, if you’re still in NL, you must indulge in patat frites WITH mayo and simple croquetten from the automat — they are a MUST! Soooo yum! Being of Indo decent myself, you’re right, rijstafel is the best…the spices…mmm.

    More importantly…we need to get you back on the AIR! You are the ONLY “cooking show” I watch and set my DVR to record. I will do MY part to get you back, although rest-assured, I will follow you wherever you go. (The new Home & Family show? Bleh. Mark Steines is great, but not in this format and definitely not worth recording.)


  • Janice October 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Your show is amazing and your personality is the sunshine of morning television. We watch, we check out your blog, and we print recipes from our iPad. It is simply impossible to eliminate the best cooking show ever televised! Viewers will never abandon their quest to get Mad Hungry back on the air. A loyal audience is a gold mine. We vote with our remote controls. My remote control does not go near Hallmark Channel on weekdays anymore. See you soon!!!!

  • David Martinez November 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Please bring back mad hungry,Miss the show very much with lucinda and family’ recipe’s were alway’s diffferent each day from all culture’s. Miss it very much

  • Sheny La Ciura April 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Lucinda, I am enjoying your show every day, and I have been trying out your recipes. They are excellent, easy to cook as you combine your expertise cooking and making it easy! I hope they put back your show. As of now I am enjoying and cooking my favorites with your show! April 10, 2013

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