I have fallen head over heels in love…with a cookbook! Seriously my excitement for this cookbook is borderline insane. I have cooked four meals from it since Sunday and am already dreaming about conquering the whole book! I scored this masterful find at William Sonoma on sale for $7.00 which in itself was a treasure. Chris called it out to me as the title smacked him over the head, MAD HUNGRY: Feeding Men & Boys – Recipes, Strategies & Survival Techniques by Lucinda Scala Quinn.
This cookbook is chock full of beautifully thought out and passion-driven recipes. Classics with simple twists that make the difference between an Applebees and a fine dining establishment. Tips of cast iron pans, good knives and meal servings. Life knowledge that will change the way your family, your men and your kitchen operates.
My favorite cookbook introduction now goes as follows:
“Men eat differently from women — they eat more, they eat constantly, and they eat passionately. They ransack a packed refrigerator and scrounge crumbs from an empty one. They eat standing in front of the fridge, and they eat with their fingers. They are all appetite and no pretense, “What’s for dinner?” is the most important, most burning question. Food is everything to them and food is nothing until there is none. And, if they’re “mad hungry” with no food in sight, life is a living hell. But feeding them well is what many of us love to do and few jobs feel as satisfying. It’s what keeps them healthy, keeps them happy, gives them some of their fondest memories, and teaches them to cook.” – Lucinda Scala Quinn
So the first recipe I share with you from Mrs. Scala Quinn (trust me there will be plenty more) is one I never dare make at home — typically I can’t nor do I dare recreate the masterful wings of a local bar. Buffalo wings are a delicacy you just don’t make at home. Ahh…but Lucinda has clued me in on the secrets. These wings not only look similar to the ones you dive into with a beer in hand but they taste that much better. Try them out for a football Sunday and boys will go insane or serve them up on Super Bowl Sunday and (trust me) you will win girlfriend of the year!
- 20 chicken wings
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- vegetable oil, for coating the pan
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
- 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- bottle of hot sauce or wing sauce
Cool Cucumber Salad
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 c rice wine vinegar
- 2 generous tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp siracha
Mix all ingredients together and place in the fridge until ready to serve.