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Work, Food, and FamilySometimes she develops recipes. Other times she holes up and tapes her TV show. The few constants in Lucinda Scala Quinn's busy schedule? Cappuccino, dog walking, work meetings, a finger of whisky, and having dinner with her husband and three sons, Calder, 25, Miles, 21, and Luca, 17.Photography: Jonathan Lovekin
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Awake to a quiet household and sleepwalk to the kitchen. First activity: Prepare cappuccino.
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Stevie, our dog, is champing at the bit to go out, so I take him for a walk in New York City's Riverside Park. This serves double-duty -- I count it as my minimum daily exercise. Plus, regardless of the weather, the walk always cheers me up.
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I feed Stevie and then make several breakfast sandwiches for everyone to grab as they run out the door. I scan the freezer for dinner options, and take out pork chops to thaw.
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Running out the door, egg sandwich in hand.
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Begin my ablutions, pack up, and head to the subway, with a quick stop at the newsstand for a paper to read on the ride to work.
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9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Work totally depends on the day -- sometimes it means going straight to the stove to develop recipes; or cooking and food styling for a photo shoot; or going to the studio to tape "Mad Hungry"; or reading proofs; or going to meetings, meetings, and more meetings.
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A quick call to my husband confirms that he hasn't started cooking dinner (he often will), so I stop at the market for peppers and collard greens, forming a loose plan.
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Yes, a thimble of bourbon or Scotch is my segue moment between work and home.
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Then I start cooking -- the chops, polenta from the pantry, greens, and roasted peppers.
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Believe it or not, even after a long workday in the kitchen, I am still happy making dinner for my family. No matter how I feel at day's end, cooking for (or with) my sons and husband is always soothing, and it pleases me to know that the food we're eating is fresh and good.
12 of 15A cast-iron skillet makes beautifully browned pork chops.Photography: Jonathan Lovekin
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I serve everything on one large platter (fewer dishes to clean), and then we all help ourselves.
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For all our rush (and to-go sandwiches) in the mornings, it's not uncommon for all of us to linger at the table after dinner for a good while.
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No matter how tiring a day might have been, I will never get tired of this: sitting down to share food and conversation with my family.