Kentucky Derby Dinner Club

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Oh, The Kentucky Derby! This month Farmboy and I hosted Dinner Club on Derby Day! Excitement, good food and great friends all rolled into one. What fun!

In our dinner club the hosting couple selects the menu and sends out the appetizer, soup/salad and dessert recipes to the three other couples. The host couple provides the entree, perhaps other sides and beverages. It makes for a relaxing time to try new foods, family recipes and traditions.


Speaking of traditions… the Derby has always been a tradition in our home. Everyone present picks a horses name out of a hat and puts in a dollar. Whoever wins the race gets the kitty. I remember rooting for Seattle Slew and Affirmed when they won the Triple Crown in the 70’s with a room full of hysterical, screaming people! As an 9-ish year old… it left quite an impression.


Aren’t these napkins fun! They will be used for years to come the first Saturday in May… and the third (Preakness) and the first in June (Belmont). Gotta follow American Pharoah through to the Triple Crown! Let’s hope! They are from Pomegranate Inc and I couldn’t resist.

Now, there is something that you need to know about me. I forget to take tags off of things… my clothes, throw pillows, shoes and apparently napkins. I once told the pastor at our church about the time that I wore the tags on my new dress to Easter Sunday Service. I thought the man was going to have a convulsion on the floor from laughing (he’s a very smart dresser). Ahhh…  the little details that allude us. If you see me at the grocery store discreetly check me for dangling price tags and give me the wink and nod in the direction of the offending bar code if need be. I can take it. Before I divulge anymore secrets, on with the Kentucky themed menu…



Mini Hot Browns

Benedictine Sandwiches


Spring Panzanella with Fresh Peas and Fennel


 Kentucky Burgoo

Prosciutto and Cheese Biscuits


Ice Cream Sundaes with Bourbon Coffee Sauce



And a special thank you to my stylish friend Lisa Porter from The Lisa Porter Collection for her Bourbon Ball recipe. A box of goodies went home with each couple. : )

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Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.


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