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Lucinda Scala Quinn, Executive Editorial Director Food
"The most memorable lesson my mom ever taught me about productivity is to make the most of what you have to offer, and focus on being your best self," says Lucinda, seen here with her mom.
"I try to embody even a fraction of the amazing spirit that my mother taught us through the way she dresses, designs her home, and cooked delicious homemade dinners every night for her family; day after day, year after year. However, far beyond any of those "things" is her daily attitude towards life, and the way she faces all her challenges with an indomitable spirit. She does everything with a kind, warm and loving spirit, always looking for the positive, bright side in a person or situation, and never judging people harshly," she says.
Lucinda has truly shared her mother's spirit in everything she makes in the Martha's Stewart test kitchen. Here are some of the best family-style meals she's shared with us through the years.
Click through for Lucinda's inspired recipes.
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Who doesn't love a good bolognese? Lucinda whips up the hearty meat sauce of this classic dish in an hour -- a third of the time it normally takes!
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Every Easter, I prepare a savory Italian pie filled with spinach and ham. To ensure a thin, flaky crust, it is essential to wring out the cooked spinach in cheesecloth before adding it to the rest of the filling.
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For really vibrant flavor, marinate your garlic and chili flakes in olive oil in advance of cooking. To complement the meal, serve with a bottle of crisp white wine. This classic Italian pasta dish -- and many more of its kind, some in this gallery -- can be found in "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen."
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"There's all that talk about the chicken and the egg. Can I suggest a quick change to the conversation? How about the much happier, 'Can I have seconds?'"
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Although this recipe includes a pesto sauce, you can also serve the gnocchi with butter and cheese, pomodoro sauce, or ragu.
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Here is another fun one to do with the kids. Make a big batch. Any leftovers can be frozen.
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Turn this plain pizza dough into a sweet Italian-inspired treat. Get kids involved in cooking by letting them shape the pizza dough themselves.
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And for dessert? Passed down from Lucinda's Great-Aunt Carolina, these traditionally savory Italian cookies are made sweet with marsala wine and a light lemon glaze.
Or maybe your menu calls for more of a custard? Then this traditional Italian desert is the way to go.
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