Friday, March 19, 2010

Back to reality...and a new discovery

After a looong and relaxing week in the Puerto Rican sun without any kind of communication with the outside world, nothing could be even MORE relaxing than a weekend at home with some of my mom's home cooked food. While we were in Puerto Rico, we had to unfortunately deal with having a student budget so a PBandJ at the beach every day was our lunch of choice. Some of the local cuisine in PR was definitely worth trying. A dish called Mofongo consisted of mashed plaintains mixed with butter & garlic and stuffed with either chicken, beef, or fish was actually pretty amazing. I returned to New Jersey last night after a pretty easy 3 and 1/2 hour flight which consisted of bawling my eyes out while watching the Blind Side and eating a sandwich that came in a plastic bag. But anyway, I was lucky to return to a delicious pot roast that my mom knew I would be craving. She also introduced me to a vegetable I've never really had that was SO good I asked her for the recipe. She made Braised Leeks with Lemon and I've never really had anything like them! So easy to make and so delicious. Here's the recipe, you neeeeed to try them.

You'll need:
  • 4 small or medium leeks, tough outer leaves discarded and leeks trimmed to about 7 inches long and cut lengthwise into quarters or eighths
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 comment:

Courtney Schiessl said...

Mofongo! I saw this on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives over spring break (one of my fav shows) and I couldn't help but think that it must be disgusting! If you say it's good, I'll take your word for it...

Also, on a side note, I watched the Blind Side two weeks ago... WHAT AN AMAZING MOVIE! I was way over-prepared (lots of tissues) and actually found it surprisingly funny. I know why Sandra won the Oscar now!

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