My Project DERBY 

This week in Kentucky is all about horse racing,  bourbon, fancy hats, parties and wonderful Southern food and traditions.  Churchhill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky will host the “two greatest minutes in sports” and the 141st running of the derby on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  This post is  featuring famous Kentucky recipes and derby favorites.  We hope you find something to help you celebrate wherever you live. 

The following recipes have been collected from around the internet and represent Kentucky cuisine.  You will be able to “share” with your friends by clicking on the Facebook, Pinterest or E-mail buttons at the bottom of each post. Thank you for your continued support of The Southern Lady Cooks! We love our fans! Just click on the name of the recipe to check it out.

Benedictine Spread from Urban Sacred Garden

The Mint Julep Cupcake from Lovely Crafty Home

Derby Pie Bars from theKitchn

Apple Stack Cake from Brave Tart

Kentucky Burgoo from the Louisville Courier Journal

Mint Julep Ice Cream from Serious Eats

Kentucky Derby Cookies from The Hungry Traveler

We have been posting Kentucky recipes on The Southern Lady Cook’s Facebook Page this week but we know that some of you are not on Facebook. The following recipes are from our site and we hope you will check them out and enjoy a traditional mint julep or a piece of derby pie.

The Legendary Kentucky Hot Brown, Kentucky Bourbon Balls, Kentucky Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pie (Derby Pie), Kentucky Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce, Kentucky’s Woodford PuddingThe Kentucky Mint Julep , Kentucky Butter Cake with Rum Sauce. Watermelon and Tomato Salad.

This quote says it best:  “To win the Kentucky Derby is the goal of every trainer, every hot-walker, every backside person.  They may be just rubbing a horse, or hot-walking a horse, but they wonder if they would win the Kentucky Derby.” ~~Bob Lewis

The great thing about the Kentucky Derby is that you can watch it from Millionaire’s Row or the infield in Louisville, you can watch it with family at home or you can watch it with friends at a derby party and it will be an exciting time.  I hope you will join my state this weekend and enjoy the derby.  From my family to yours have a great derby weekend!

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Check out our Kentucky Derby Board and our board on Everything Kentucky on Pinterest!

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  1. “Favorite Stack Cake” in Mary Starr Cook book is the best for me. Only I use my home made apple sauce and spice it to my taste. Also I put my dough out on floured large cloth and make a log out of my dough, measure it and cut it in 2″ pieces. Make balls out of each and pat into pans and leave about 1″ all around. It will spread. 7-8 layers. I put warmer than room temperature spiced apples between layers. I saw the book on eBay now just. I am 80 and this is experience talking. It is just me.

  2. Thank you Southern Lady and family! God Bless you always!

  3. hi
    i live in england and make quite a few of your recipies trouble is some of your ingredients cannot be found a replacement for. i just looked at the cheesey hamburger pie andd see it wants bisquik i have no idea what that is can you help me with a substitute please
    my family love your wacky cakes and i am about to make the chocolate one right now

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