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  • Recipe

    Grilled Okra with Orange-Shallot Vinaigrette

    This favorite southern vegetable becomes smoky and sweet after a turn on the grill. Serve with grilled rib-eye steaks or grilled fish.

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    A Down-Home Delicious Kentucky Derby Menu

    A winning menu with a down-home spin to celebrate the Run for the Roses? You bet!

  • Recipe

    Bourbon Bread Pudding Parfaits

    This bourbon-laced dessert is the perfect finale for a Kentucky Derby party. You'll need 16 small parfait glasses or mason jars. If you're serving heartier appetites, double the portions to…

  • Recipe

    Herb and Pepper Pork Tenderloin

    Pork tenderloin is perfect for a crowd, especially when drizzled with a vibrant sauce. To give this mild meat more flavor, I bake it wrapped in foil with fragrant herbs.…

  • Recipe

    Hot Brown Bites in Turmeric-Black Pepper Pastry

    These hors d'oeuvres are a homage to Louisville’s most famous culinary creation. Hailing from the city’s Brown Hotel and dating back to 1926, the traditional Hot Brown is an open-face…

  • Recipe

    Spiced Salmon and Potato Croquettes

    You’ll find versions of this breaded, fried fish cake (also called salmon patties) all over Kentucky. For my Kentucky Derby menu, I mix in warm spices and add fresh ginger…

  • Recipe

    Benedictine Dip with Crudités

    This bright cucumber spread is often used to make Benedictine sandwiches, a traditional Kentucky Derby snack. I prefer to serve it as a dip with crudités to lighten things up.

  • Recipe

    Vodka-Berry Lemonade

    I love a good berry lemonade; it hits all the sweet and sour notes I want in a refreshing afternoon drink and also makes a welcoming Kentucky Derby cocktail for…

  • Recipe

    The Boulevardier

    I fell for the Boulevardier while working at Whiskey Bear bar in Lexington. It’s a thinker’s cocktail and a delightful sipper. For a less bitter and more approachable drink, I…

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    Carla Hall’s Soul-Food Thanksgiving Dinner

    When Thanksgiving Day rolls around at Carla Hall’s house, you’re not about to see a big roasted turkey as her table’s centerpiece. That’s because before she even starts to cook…

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