Friday, May 28, 2010


a sample plate of different cheeses and fruits with stawberries and grapes and crackers The weather is fine and the gardens and porches are waiting. Just perfect for a relaxing break with a little wine and a great cheese tray. Bring your own wine and cheese or let us fix a festive plate of wonderful local cheeses and your choice of wine.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


6 derby pies sitting on the counter to cool This pie recipe is so easy and yummy! I can turn out 5 or 6 pies at a time. They freeze well too. There are many versions in Louisville but this is the one we have been making since 1970. May Day Pie 1 (9 inch ) unbaked pie shell 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 3/4 cup white sugar 3/4 cup white corn syrup 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 stick butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanille extract 1/4 cup bourbon, optional Layer chocolate chips in bottom of pie shell and layer pecans on top. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, white corn syrup, and eggs until well blended. Add melted butter, vanilla extract, and bourbon and blend again. Pour mixture over chocolate chips and pecans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until almost set. Pie will become firm as it cools. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. our crab salad with lettuce tomatoes and crab This salad idea came from a picture I saw of a dinner at the White House. We called it "Crab Parfait" and it was very easy to assemble. We picked the little young bibb lettuce and the red oak leaf lettuce from our garden too. The bottom layer is the lettuce, then a layer of heirloom tomatoes - we used the baby assorted heirloom tomatoes and sliced them. Next a layer of homemade quacamole. You can make this a day ahead of time and cover with plastic wrap so that it touches the quacamole and then it will not turn brown. Last layer is a generous portion of cooked blue crab meat. You can use any salad dressing you prefer, but we liked the fresh basil olive oil that we drizzeled over the salad.

Friday, May 7, 2010


our guests dressed in beautiful colorful big hats and dresses ready to go the the derby The guests off to the track!


staff making the bed in the garden room with blue walls and white bedspread two staff in the rose room laying favors out on the white bedspread The month before spiffying the house and yard is nothing compared to the time spent during the week of Derby. New linens and favors go in each room. Hat boxes start arriving on Monday of Derby week and go to each room. Later in the week our guests arrive and settle into their rooms. What a fun thing it is to see the gorgeous outfits and hats. Where else in the world can you find so many places to shop for beautiful hats? Every store in Louisville has a selection of hats from the best designers from all over the world. Mid week we begin to cook the special food for the dinner parties we have here for them. Our favorites from this year were the shrimp seviche, Salad of Lump blue crab, avocado, and heirloom tomatoes on little red oak lettuce from our garden, homemade dill bread, standing beef rib roasts, haricots vert with fresh corn saute, race day pie, and blackberry upside down cake and a very decadent melt in your mouth dark chocolate cake with black raspberry ice cream. The staff and I always take time out to watch the Derby on TV with a mint julep of course! And what a let down it is for Sunday to arrive and the festivities are over for another year!