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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.
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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.Get the Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich To Go Recipe
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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.
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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.
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