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Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

I can't claim to be from Kentucky or any state south of the Mason-Dixon (southern California doesn't count right?) but I've been to a few Derby parties in my day. I've worn a few wide-brimmed hats. So let's waste no time and start with mint juleps, then move on to beer cheese, Kentucky Hot Browns, bourbon balls, and more for your Race Day spread. More

Win, Place, Show: 3 Derby Day Sweets

There are three crucial skills every Kentucky born-and-bred lady acquires by the time she reaches the age of dinner parties and cocktail hours: how to mix up a stellar mint julep, how to pick out the perfect hat for the Kentucky Derby, and how to make at least one of the official sweet indulgences of the Run for the Roses. If you're looking to add a touch of authentic Kentucky flair to your derby party this year, whip up one of these boozy and butter rich desserts or candies while figuring out how to bet a box trifecta on your favorite horse. More

Throw a Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo Party!

What happens when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo collide? You might call it Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo, or something far less appropriate*! Big hats, mustaches, horses, and booze are the ingredients for this holiday that only comes once every seven years. (Ok, I don't know if that's true, but it sounds good.) As the resident Spanish speaking Kentuckian, I bring you the complete guide to Cinco de Derby party-throwing! Complete with carnitas, piƱata cookies, and a Mint Julep bar with an anejo tequila option. More

Serious Entertaining: Kentucky Derby Party

I can't claim to be from Kentucky or any state south of the Mason-Dixon (southern California doesn't count right?) but I've been to a few Derby parties in my day. I've worn a few wide-brimmed hats. So let's waste no time and start with mint juleps, then move on to beer cheese, Kentucky Hot Browns, bourbon balls, and more for your Race Day spread. More

Country Ham Biscuits

Note: This biscuit recipe is adapted from White Lily. The low protein flour is the key to biscuits with a crisp exterior and tender crumb. As an alternative, substitute1/4 cup all-purpose flour with cake flour. A light hand and minimal... More

How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party

The Triple Crown kickoff race combines Thoroughbreds, country ham biscuits, and bourbon. Personally I don't care about the big hats, but as this horse race is the only American sporting event that attracts foreign royalty, there must be some reason for them. Some parties are more ambitious than others, but here are a few nearly mandatory elements that are the essence of every Derby Day celebration. More

Bourbon Ball Milkshake

If you're going to be watching this weekend's Kentucky Derby but Mint Juleps aren't your drink of choice, why not pay homage to another traditional Kentucky delight? The Philadelphia Inquirer's Craig LaBan visited Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville and came away with Lynn's recipe for her Bourbon Ball Milkshake, a treat made with walnuts, bourbon and chocolate chips that's like "sipping a cold ice cream truffle through a straw, sweet but deceptively potent."... More

Cooking for the Kentucky Derby and the Queen

It's not every chef who can say they've cooked for royalty, but after this Saturday's Kentucky Derby, Gil Logan will be able to say exactly that because Queen Elizabeth II will be visiting Churchill Downs and choosing from the menu he's put together: "When it was decided that they'd be visiting the Derby and eating here, the queen's staff Googled me," Logan said. "The royal family prefers to eat organic, natural foods, and they travel with their own food service staff."But when they saw that I buy as much as I can from local farmers who are growing and raising food without pesticides or hormones or antibiotics, they were quite happy to eat from our regular menu." Logan actually... More

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