Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Derby Doin's

Are you planning a party for the 142nd running of the Ketucky Derby, or are you curious about some of the Derby traditions? Take a study break using the selected resources below to learn about mint juleps and burgoo, or to take a free tour of Churchill Downs and Woodford Reserve. Any of library's resources listed can be borrowed. Just ask one of the librarians for assistance, and we will be glad to help you.

Official website of the Kentucky Derby:

Official website of Churchill Downs:

An expert often featured on NBC’s Today Show shares her tips and tricks for creating an enjoyable party around a set theme. Recipes and decorating ideas are included.

A New York caterer gives readers some of his recipes for innovative and delicious party-pleasing appetizers.

Whether it is made with mutton, beef, deer, or another type of game, burgoo has its fans, and viewers see different types being made on this video.

Kentucky DVD 917.69 K37
From Keeneland’s horse sales to Woodford Reserve and Churchill Downs, this Discoveries America DVD features horse-racing and Derby-related details to pique viewers’ interests.

The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler; 641.874 P458k
A Louisville bartender recommends her favorite bourbons to use for particular cocktails and gives numerous recipes for how to make cocktails, including the mint julep.

This in-depth look at Kentucky bourbon distilleries highlights eating and lodging destinations alongside detailed descriptions of the distilleries. Many of these distilleries are within a short driving distance.

The Kentucky Mint Julep by Joe Nickell; 641.874 N632k
Nickell waxes poetically about the drink of the Derby and provides recipes for different types of mint juleps.

The Mint Julep by Richard Barksdale Harwell ; 641.252 H353m 
The signature drink of the Derby gets its due with this not-too-serious look at the history and lore of the mint julep.

Out of Kentucky Kitchens by Marion Flexner; 641.5976 F619ou
Flexner gives suggestions and recipes for Derby fare along with non-Derby food in her book Out of Kentucky Kitchens. Though originally published in 1949, the recipes for Benedictine sandwich spread, cheese biscuits, burgoo, and a mint julep work well for twenty-first century Derby menus.  

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