It's both a fruit, a grain, and a vegetable—but who cares about the botany? We're all about enjoying fresh corn while it's in season. These recipes remind us why this golden (or white or bicolor) food is the essence of summer.
The smell of ripe peaches tells you it's summer. Buy them by the basketful, breathe in the peachy airas they ripen in your kitchen, then share them in these mouthwatering recipes. From peach pavlova and peach pops to peach slab pie and sweet and savory salads and salsas, here are the best ways to put the seasonal fruit to good use.
We wait all year for strawberry season, when pints of the bright, sugar-sweet berries to appear at roadside stands and in the produce aisle. When they finally do, we celebrate with these strawberry recipes. Learn how to make strawberries the star of breakfast dishes, desserts, cocktails, and even salads.
Homemade pancakes are a treat, but they are surprisingly simple to whip up. Our easy pancake recipe uses ingredients you likely have on hand, like all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, and egg. Start with our basic recipe, or try one of our variations using buttermilk or yogurt. Either way, you'll have a fluffy stack ready to eat in less than half an hour. Tip: Be sure to preheat the oven to keep the pancakes warm while you cook the rest—it makes all the difference.
Consider this your new, go-to waffle recipe when you want to start your day off on a sweet note. No fussy steps or unexpected ingredients are required here, which means you can whip these up whenever your cravings hit.
Cheesecake is a fan favorite for good reason; it's a rich, creamy, and irresistible dessert. With this no-bake cheesecake recipe, making it is as simple as enjoying it. An easy press-in graham-cracker crust is filled with a rich cream cheese and condensed milk filling, flavored with vanilla and lemon. After preparing, just refrigerate until set—no cooking necessary. It's a great dessert for summer when you don't want to heat up the kitchen, but it's also a classic any time of year.
Macaroni and cheese is one of the most beloved comfort foods. If you're in the camp that believes baked iterations beat stovetop ones, then this recipe is for you. Musician John Legend shared this delicious, creamy casserole with Martha Stewart. Layers of macaroni and two kinds of cheese—extra-sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack—are combined with a mixture of evaporated milk and seasoning, and baked. A sprinkle of paprika and a final layer of cheese give it a gorgeous, golden color.
Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. It warms and satisfies, which is why you make it when you're feeling under the weather or chilled to the bone in winter. Our simple recipe has classic flavors and a short ingredient list—and it comes together faster than most versions (you'll have your spoon in a piping hot bowl in just over an hour). It's low-effort, too: All you have to do as the flavors meld together on the stovetop is give your soup the occasional stir.
A homemade chocolate chip cookie is a comforting, nostalgic treat—especially when it's as good as this one. For our very best soft chocolate chip cookie recipe, we use plenty of unsalted butter and a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar to create the soft texture. Be sure to use good quality chocolate chips, and don't overmix the cookie dough to ensure the cookies are tender, not chewy. (Prefer a crisp cookie? Try our Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.)
Chicken is so versatile. Its juicy, tender texture and quick cooking time make it a staple for weeknight meals. Even better? When you can cook an entire chicken dinner in just one pot or pan—which is where the recipes in this collection come in (they also come together in under an hour). These one-pot chicken dinner recipes are quick to prep, short on cleanup, and big on flavor. They're the perfect solution when you need to get dinner on the table fast.
For a basic barbecue sauce, all you have to do is whisk together ketchup, light brown sugar, white wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Use this recipe when making grilled or slow-cooked meat, such as our Barbecue Pork Sandwiches.
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.
One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical. Under the simple butter-sugar-flour-and-oat topping is the apple filling scented with cinnamon. Our test kitchen says baking apples, like Rome or Cortland, are the best varieties to use for apple crisp, but Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples are also good in this recipe. Experiment with different types of apples and see which you prefer. Let the crisp cool for a few minutes before serving with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Whenever you make breaded and fried chicken, it disappears almost immediately. Try our foolproof three-step method for perfect results every time, then turn it into Chicken Parmesan or serve over salad.
A super-easy chocolate layer cake belongs in every cook's recipe repertoire. This chocolate-buttermilk cake is luscious enough for a special occasion, but easy enough for everyday desserts. And the recipe gets brownie points for using just a single bowl. You can also use this cake batter to make two dozen cupcakes: Fill lined tins two-thirds full and bake for 20 minutes, rotating once. A decadent chocolate frosting is the finishing touch and your cake is ready for its star turn at a birthday, anniversary, or pretty much any celebration.
In her recipe for perfect roasted turkey, Martha roasts a 20-pound bird stuffed with her Classic Stuffing. Before it goes into the oven, she covers the turkey with four layers of cheesecloth soaked in a butter and white wine basting mixture. The cheesecloth keeps the bird moist, and prevents it from getting too dark too quickly. It's removed about an hour before the end of roasting to allow time for the turkey to brown.
A New York cheesecake is heavy on the cream, so our recipe calls for five packages of cream cheese plus a cup of sour cream. Under the fluffy, decadent filling is a simple graham cracker crust. The trick to making this cheesecake is to cook the filling enough so it sets without cracking the top. Then allow plenty of time for it to chill so you can slice it easily.
You'll make fluffy, perfect white rice every time with Martha's easy recipe, which calls for long-grain rice, salt, and boiling water. The secret to this method involves adding the rice to a measured amount of boiling water, as opposed to starting the rice in a cold pot. This technique keeps the grains intact, so you can say goodbye to mushy, stuck-together clumps.
If you love the apple-cider donuts often sold at farmers' markets, you'll love this cake! Baked in a Bundt pan, it's essentially a giant cakey donut, made a little more wholesome with whole-wheat flour. A blend of olive oil and applesauce helps keep it moist and makes it our favorite fall dessert. This recipe appears in our cookbook, A New Way to Bake and Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes.
A simple but satisfying side dish you'll make again and again, this roasted red potato recipe takes 5 minutes to prep and about 30 minutes of hands off time to roast. All you need are baby red potatoes, olive oil, and fresh rosemary, or another hardy herb such as thyme. Martha's secret for deliciously crispy roasted potatoes is to preheat the baking sheet while she preps the potatoes.
Two simple steps is all it takes to make this comforting, classic beef stew recipe. We skip browning the meat and instead use tomato paste and balsamic vinegar to amp up the flavor. This recipe also works well in the slow cooker if you prefer.
Peaches shine in this classic and easy summer dessert. A relative to crisps and cobblers, the simple crumble topping is made with just butter, light brown sugar, and flour. The recipe is versatile; substitute peaches for nectarines, or even a berry-peach blend.
When you need a basic pie dough, turn to this recipe. It’s an all-butter crust that’s flaky and light. The recipe makes enough pastry for one double-crust pie or two single-crust pies. We like to use this pie dough for apple pie.
Simple and soothing, a bowl of this chicken vegetable soup is the ultimate comfort food. It's easy to make, starting with our chicken soup base, which can be prepped ahead. From there it takes just about 25 minutes to prep the vegetables and put this hearty soup together. We use carrots, celery, and potatoes for a classic, cozy soup.
Remember Mom's heavenly angel food cake? Ours has the same ethereal texture (due to egg whites) but with a bright burst of lemon flavor, thanks to fresh juice and zest. Fluffy citrus cream frosting and pretty candied lemon "daffodils" make it an even more memorable dessert.
The almost universal appeal of roasted chicken stems from its power to comfort. The ideal roasted chicken recipe will leave your chicken golden brown and gleaming, tender, and juicy. The crackle of chicken as it roasts and the wondrous aroma that perfumes the kitchen provoke a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.
What makes this cloud cake so cloud-like? The flour and superfine sugar are sifted four times and the delicate batter is leavened by plenty of beaten egg whites. The result is a light and tender vanilla cake that is the perfect complement to the silky seven-minute frosting that’s used to fill and ice it. Coconut flakes are the final touch, bringing flavor and a light crunch.
All you need is four ingredients for this simple potato salad recipe: potatoes, scallions, mayonnaise, and white vinegar. We use Yukon gold potatoes because they are a great all-purpose spud with a creamy bite. While the potatoes are steamed, mix the vinegar with scallions, salt and pepper. Tossing the cooked potatoes in this tangy mixture while they are still hot allows them to absorb the flavors. After they cool, stir in the mayonnaise and more scallions, and you’re ready to serve. Alternatively, you can make this potato salad up to two days ahead.
What's the secret to a great crumb pie? An easy crumb topping of course! It's so quick to make, using butter, light brown and graulated sugar, flour, and a touch of cinnamon. We suggest you prep it now and keep some in your freezer so you can enjoy wonderful pies all summer and fall, think peach crumb pie, blueberry crumb pie, apple crumb pie. Or toast the topping on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, and sprinkle over ice cream, frozen yogurt, or fresh fruit.
Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.