Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I have been neglecting my poor little blog here lately...the time I was dedicating to my posts has now become my "whip my rear into shape" time. From about 9:45 at night until 11 is pretty much the only time I get to myself during any given day so I decided that time would be best utilized for working out instead of sitting on my tail doing nothing in particular.
 Anyway, I'm getting so excited for Derby this weekend! We're not going this year, but I love to watch all the stories leading up to the big race, don a ridiculously ostentatious hat and pick my pony during the pre-race coverage. I like to pick based on the jockey typically, sometimes the trainer (Pletcher, anyone?). I'd say pick a mudder this year, because like most years, they're calling for rain. Every year, I love to make our traditional Derby meal which consists of a Hot Brown, Derby Pie and Mint Juleps. I honestly think mint juleps are pretty gross, but I have one on Derby Day. I'm just not a fan of bourbon in general, which is likely grounds for being kicked out of the state, but the hubs enjoys it enough for both of us. And I enjoy the hot brown enough for both of us. If you've never had one, y'all have to try it! It's a bit involved, but not super difficult to make.

Mint Julep Recipe:

1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
Fresh mint
2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with mint
Splash of distilled water
Powdered sugar

Mix together simple syrup* muddled with mint, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with a mint sprig.
*Simple syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup distilled water
Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

Derby Pie Recipe:

1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 from scratch pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time, and then add butter, mixing thoroughly. Mix in bourbon, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla and salt. Pour into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 40 minutes, longer if needed. 
It's worth noting that Derby Pie is trademarked by Melrose Inn so it's often referred to as a Kentucky Pie or a Kentucky Chocolate Pie. 

Please note that these are not my original recipes, just the ones I use every year.  And lastly, some pretty Derby-worthy hats and fascinators for all you lovely Southern ladies heading to the Derby or just dreaming about it. These are all Polly Singer Couture.

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