Truth be told, this has not been the Summer of Cooking. I’ve been making a lot of tried-and-true favorites, and we’ve also just been foraging for food when we’re hungry. Turning on the oven in July feels anathema to me. I don’t remember if I was always this averse to summer cooking, but it’s been bad this year.
When I have been trying new things that require heat, and that aren’t pie or jam, I’ve been cooking almost exclusively out of The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper. I bought this gorgeous book years ago on a recommendation from a blog somewhere (I had never heard of the famous show before), and I’d always wanted to delve into it. But, at the time, I didn’t think my cooking skills were up to par. I’m not sure why that was because these recipes are pretty accessible. And insanely elegant (except when I plate them because I am awful at plating). This was one of the first recipes I tried; perfect, delicious chicken in the most amazing bath of braised leeks in under 30 minutes. And the tarragon is just right. So. Good.
Jerry Traunfeld’s Tarragon Chicken Breasts with Buttery Leeks
2 cups thin-sliced leeks, white and green parts
2 cups chicken broth
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp coarse chopped tarragon leaves