If there's anyone in the country who's going to know a good menu for the big game, it's Lucinda Scala Quinn. The celebrated chef and author of the "Mad Hungry" series of books and the host of "Mad Hungry With Lucinda Scala Quinn" on Hallmark Channel has been surrounded by guys and sports all her life, and she has the routine down to a science.
She knows that, during Super Bowl weekend, her husband and sons will be crowded around the TV and won't want to be called away to the dinner table. "Like it or lump it, folks are congregating around the television, and they want a certain kind of food. It's just the way it is," Quinn says. "Pretty much everything's kind of hand-held -- you pick it up and eat it, or you put it in a bowl and take it with you -- but you're not trying to ever put somebody around a table."
This year, her menu will feature cheddar cornbread, chili, a cheesy corn snack and sesame wings, all of which she'll be getting into on her weekday series. "There's something about the familiarity of spicy, greasy, cheesy, yummy that matches up well, especially at this time of year and where I live, where it's usually cold, so you want something kind of hearty," she explains.
It's also, she concedes, more the sort of eating that, generally speaking, guys will go for. "My experience is that guys have kind of a visceral relationship to food, and gals have more of an intellectual, cerebral orientation to food," she says. "Even if we like the same things, even if we're going for the same things, we're thinking, 'Oh, I should eat some steamed fish. I've got to lose some weight.' 'Oh, that's good, but I'll just have this portion.' Guys have less of that clouding their decision-making when it comes to eating."
To this day, her guys are the litmus in her test kitchen. "If they love something," she says, "I know that it's a complete home run -- I should say, touchdown."
What are you currently reading?"I just read a novel called 'Cutting for Stone' (by Abraham Verghese). I thought it was spectacular. Conversely, I read The New Yorker. That's the only magazine I read at home. I just read an article about the evolution of YouTube."
What did you have for dinner last night?"I went out with my son to Franny's and had pizza, because he moved to Brooklyn and I went to visit him, and we went to Franny's."
What is your next project?"At present, I've just handed in another book in the 'Mad Hungry' series, and I'm developing the next iteration of television for 'Mad Hungry' and continuing to contribute and work on interesting food stories for Martha Stewart Living magazine."
When was the last vacation you took -- where and why?"I went to Los Angeles to do some press for 'Mad Hungry' and to do some eating. ... About a year ago, my family went to a remote part of Jamaica for about two weeks."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun