When I was in New York City a few weeks ago we went to this great little place called “Home Cooking New York.”
It was a nice apartment where chefs set up a big long table and taught us how to prepare our own dinner.
Let me preface this by saying I am a HORRIBLE cook. I have the attention span of a gnat so I really need to make things that involve dumping ingredients in a pot and stirring on occasion. The fact that someone was footing the bill for me to help cook dinner for my friends was kind of nerve wracking.
It turns out I am a decent cook when I’m not watching television or thinking about my next post. I really learned alot from them. From the proper methods of using a knife to minimize the effort to chop things and mixing together ingredients I wouldn’t have thought of.
The recipes we prepared were actually created by SuperValu– the company who owns our local grocery chain Farm Fresh (although they own stores all over the United State). SuperValu is releasing a new “in house” or “generic” brand called Essential Everyday. All the ingredients used were from this new line.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the recipes we made but I wanted to give you my favorite recipe first.
I don’t drink much alcohol- I am the biggest light weight you will ever meet. But lots of alcoholic drinks I like the way they taste- including Mojitos. We made a great recipe that night for a Mock Mojito. (If you don’t live near a SuperValu store you can replace the Essential Everyday products with an equivalent).
1 (0.75 oz) package mint leaves, stem removed
2 tablespoons Essential Everyday Granulated Sugar
3 cups reconstituted Essential Evereday Frozen Limeade
1.5 cups Super Chill Club Soda
1. Roughly chop mint leaves and place in a 2 quart pitcher; add sugar.
2. Using a muddler or spatula, vigorously press mint and sugar together until well combined (I had no idea what a muddler was )
3. Add in limeade and club soda; stir to combine. Fill pitcher with ice; stir.
It was YUMMY- as can be evidence by my mostly empty glass in the picture above.
There are more recipes to come but you should try this one- it would be great sitting outside on a warm night!