by Amy Chaplin
Martha's Circle

Category Archive for 'Mains'

The combination of juicy, sun ripened tomatoes, fragrant basil and a splash of red wine vinegar will always taste like summer to me. Those welcome and uniquely warm weather flavors come together in my latest go-to dinner that everyone seems to love. Once the pesto is made and the zucchini noodles are shaved, it comes […]

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Summer is in full swing and my meals like the farmers market are bursting with tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and greens galore. The buttery little Asian eggplants have arrived finally and this year, I pounced on them immediately. I have been envisaging them golden and roasted until melting inside, then generously drizzled with a bright and […]

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As I rummaged for lively looking vegetables at the health food store recently, my idea for these cakes changed numerous times. At first they were curried, then root vegetable, then herbed, then I finally settled on this recipe. Usually “what to cook” becomes clear to me once I’ve stood before organic vegetables for a minute […]

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When I worked at Angelica Kitchen these middle weeks in November were always the busiest and most productive time. Although we began planning our annual 5-course Thanksgiving menu way back in August, as the days counted down, the reservations streamed in and the deliveries piled up—taking every bit of space available in the restaurant, it […]

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Beans and greens, and a tartine

I recently had the pleasure of a kitchen visit from Myriam Babin, a photographer and creator of the lovely blog New York Kitchen – you can check out her post here, (she also snapped these pictures during our afternoon together). I took a much-needed break from editing to make us lunch and get to know her gorgeous […]

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked to contribute a cauliflower recipe for the Guardian‘s Life and Style section. This is what I made. It was part of the 10 best cauliflower recipes, you can see more recipes here. I love roasting large trays of cauliflower florets until deeply golden and crisp. They make a great snack eaten on […]

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White bean vegetable stew

On the days when I either don’t know what I want to cook, have no idea what is left or needs to be used in the vegetable drawer in the fridge, or have no desire to venture to the shop, I plan on cooking a bean soup or a stew like this one. It’s the […]

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Many years ago, a simple bowl of spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce was on the cover of Gourmet magazine and the beautifully photographed image has stuck with me ever since. Strangely, I don’t think I ever actually made it, although I have considered it every summer. Recommend on FacebookTweet about it

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A good vegetarian burger recipe has always been high on my recipe “to-do” list and a delicious lunch at ABC Kitchen last week inspired me to develop a new variation. Lately I have been experimenting with making lentil cakes (or burgers) using beets, French lentils and quinoa topped with tzatziki (Greek cucumber yogurt sauce with […]

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Polenta with ramps and peas

The arresting yellow color and aroma of open daffodils beside me, the blinding white blossom outside, slowly giving way to green leaves and the fresh cool breeze entering through the just open window, is a delightful reminder of what’s to come. Since it’s still chilly out a comforting bowl of warm polenta topped with the […]

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