by Amy Chaplin
Martha's Circle

Category Archive for 'Salads'

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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Farmer’s market salad = dinner

In this sultry summery heat, I crave salad for dinner. Although it needs to be refreshing, a leafy affair or an all-raw dish does not satisfy, the salad has to be substantial without being heavy. Keeping this in mind, I wanted to put to use the produce that’s in season here right now—sugar snap peas, […]

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When I was thinking about how to honor mother’s day here, my mind conjured up images of pretty spring breakfasts and then flirted with the idea of baking a special cake. Mother’s day is a great excuse to bake something gorgeous—I know my Mother would love a good piece of cake; especially if I baked […]

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During the last photo shoot for my cookbook we focused on my pantry and  capturing ingredient glossary shots. For these, I needed to have all my favorite beans on hand; since many are heirloom beans, I made a big order from Rancho Gordo in California.  They have the best range or runner beans, which are […]

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If you’re looking for a refreshing salad to add brightness to your Thanksgiving meal, this one will work perfectly. It has a lively, bitter bite from the mustard and watercress, lots of crisp, juicy texture from shaved kohlrabi and a touch of sweet from the apple. I usually don’t go for fruit in savory salads, […]

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Firstly, I’m sorry for the lack of posting going on around here!  It’s been a busy last few months including a 4-week trip to Australia, shooting the cover for my book and a big round of book edits.  Please know that I’ve really missed sharing recipes with all of you and the feeling of connectedness […]

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The really good organic heirloom tomatoes have just hit the farmer’s market: plump, juicy, tangy and sweet. I know it’s hard at the moment to think of eating a dish that doesn’t revolve around a tomato of some sort, but this tasty beet salad is so good and deliciously refreshing that I had to share […]

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Millet is a quirky grain: with a sunny yellow color and perfect round shape, it fluffs up perfectly when cooked, but quickly becomes dry as it cools. Raw, it smells slightly sweet, milky and almost musky.  It’s the kind of smell that makes me want to bake breakfast-y things like my mother’s milk pudding.  To […]

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The end of winter is a challenging time to find fresh, good-looking veggies in New York.  The stored roots are getting old, and most of the produce that’s shipped from all across the continent understandably lacks the vital freshness that instantly inspires meals. I find that steaming cheers up any selection of vegetables you have […]

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I’m so excited to tell you all what I have been up to. I started writing my first cookbook this past summer and have been busy testing and shooting recipes for the last 6 months. It has been, and continues to be a deeply inspiring and challenging experience that I’m over the moon to be […]

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