When Matt and I married, I had little to no experience cooking. Sure, I had helped my mom out in the kitchen here and there, but honestly, six years ago, the idea of even scrambling an egg left me feeling a little light-headed. I just hadn’t had enough practice, and as we all know, the only way to improve at something is to try, and try, and try some more. It helps when you have a husband who loves to eat as much as Matt does, because along the path of my culinary growth, I have cooked some real doozies of meals.
One that immediately comes to mind is my first foray into the world of chicken and dumplings. Wow. It was a total disaster. The dumplings completely disintegrated, leaving a broth that more resembled body lotion than an edible substance. You know what, though? The first opportunity I had, I gave it another shot. (Albeit with a different recipe. 😉 And after a couple more lackluster performances, I finally achieved a result I was not only satisfied with, I was downright pleased!
I mention my beloved chicken and dumplings recipe today because it is a perfect example of throwing caution to the culinary wind and taking a chance on an ingredient that might seem a little intimidating at first blush: leeks. When I first saw that the chicken and dumplings recipe that has become our family favorite contained such a relatively exotic ingredient, I almost decided to forego preparing it entirely. I mean, how on earth would I even chop up these leek things, much less cook with them?
Before going any further, let’s get to basics. What is a leek exactly? At first glance, they look like a scallion on steroids, but they have a lovely, delicate onion flavor that belies their outer appearance. They are a terrific addition to soups and sauces. Honestly, there is only one teensy drawback to them, and that is that when not washed properly to remove the sandy grit they contain, that are fairly inedible.
Slice this piece in half lengthwise, and then slice those halves into half moons.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.