Mad Hungry

I don’t really get the name of Lucinda Scala Quinn’s TV show, Mad Hungry, but I’m intrigued. This woman cooks the way I like to cook, she uses ingredients that I actually buy , she creates good and beautiful food to be eaten as a family around a dinner table.

I was sick the other day (here’s a test, find out your greatest love by identifying the one thing you will drag your  rear out of bed after a few aspirins and a good nose blow to do. I discovered I still wanted to make a really tasty, lovely meal even though I felt like I’d been hit by a train that day. Stirring the polenta between sips of tea I realized, “Wow, I just really like to cook.” It brightened my day.) and wandered onto Youtube to watch some Mad Hungry videos. (Check this out, a chocolate cake made in one dish!) I was kind of hooked and then got to work creating one of her meals to see how it panned out.  I’d found it in Martha Stewart magazine and  had all the ingredients waiting in the fridge so didn’t want to put it off another night.

Pork chops with roasted peppers and capers served on cheesy polenta with collard greens

It was fabulous. Give it a try. Here’s the recipe, and don’t forget to serve it over the cheesy polenta with collard greens.

Oh and one more thing, I discovered that you can cut nice thick pork chops from a far less expensive pork tenderloin! You probably already knew this, but I didn’t and was pretty thrilled to be enlightened.


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11 comments to Mad Hungry

  • Taite

    Yum. I wish i loved to cook because I love to eat!

  • Aléxia

    this blog is very interesting.

  • erin

    This looks amazing! I did not realize you were such a food fiend! That would not be what I would drag myself around for…. but I might get out of bed to eat it!

  • Marge

    Hey Cait, Have a look at the Wackey Cake recipe in the family cook book – sounds very much like the one you’re talking about.

  • Shari Keen

    I’d love to see your family Wacky Cake recipe. When I checked out that chocolate cake recipe I thought hmmmmmmmmmmm sounds just about like the Wacky Cake we made in 7th grade Home Ec.

  • OK. I want some “Pink Pepper” energy. You should market it. I think it would be more effective than “that other brand,” not to mention, lovelier, more exciting and just plain fun.

  • Beth

    Too ironic….I hadn’t even read this…..and I made the wacky cake today. Rather than using all water though, I used 1/4 cup of coffee and the rest water. It really made the chocolate flavor richer. (I had watched an Ina Garten show- Barefoot Contessa, a few months ago in which she had added coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor… and alas it does. The chocolate popped. This is such a moist, light cake for a made from scratch cake.

  • Beth

    Oh, and on the pork loin… I always wait to buy one of the large pork loins when they’re on sale for a fraction of their normal price and cut part into family size loin roasts, and a bunch of chops. It generally lasts until the next time it’s on sale for better than half off.

  • cameron

    Looks great, Caitlin! And I have to say, your photo looks much more appetizing than Martha’s!

  • Pops

    Kats that looks delicious!

  • Carla

    normally i don’t leave a comment but your post was excellent so i had to thank you for that.

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