Saturday, April 26, 2008

Kentucky Derby

I live in southern Indiana and in close proximity to Louisville, Kentucky. With all the festivities that Louisville has for the Derby next Saturday, I thought it would be timely to have two local Derby favorite recipes. The famous Derby Pie is a copywrited recipe, but there are tons of knock-off pie recipes and I have included my recipe. It would be hard to go to a restaurant this week in Louisville and not find it on the menu. The other recipe below is for the favorite drink at Churchill Downs, the Mint Julep.

I've never been to the Kentucky Derby. It's far too expensive and crowded for me to go. I enjoy sitting at home and watching it on television. I have been to Churchill Downs where the race is held. It's beautiful there in for the spring meet with all the flowers and tulips in bloom.

So, next Saturday afternoon you can celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style with a piece of imitation Derby Pie and a Mint Julep.

And, they're off..........


Kentucky Chocolate Nut Pie

2/3 C. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 t. salt
1/3 C. white Karo syrup
1 t. vanilla
1/3 C. melted butter
1 C. pecans
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake for 60 minutes. Makes one pie.

Mint Julep
2 C. water
2 C. sugar
crushed ice
Sprigs of fresh mint

Make a syrup by boiling the sugar and water together for about five minutes. Let syrup cool slightly and pour into a container with 5-6 sprigs of mint. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Make one Mint Julep at a time by filling a cup with crushed ice, 1 T. of the syrup, and two ounces of Bourbon. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Shake, Rattle & Roll

That's how I woke up this morning.... to a 5.2 earthquake. It's been a while since I experienced one, but this was my fourth. Thankfully, we had no damage.

Spring has finally arrived. As I type I can hear the spring peepers out in our pond. Sometimes when we sit out on our porch, the sound of them is deafening. I don't have any recipes today, but in honor of Spring, I'm going to go dig out a really good recipe for a spring meal and try and post it this weekend.

Until then,