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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Derby Day have fun watching the horses

The Kentucky Derby has long been a tradition to dress up in your best and yes that did include beautiful wild hats. This is a picture of my friends don't they look amazing. 

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held once a year in Louisville Kentucky, U.S. It occurs on the first Saturday in May. The race is for three year old thoroughbreds lasting 1 and a quarter miles. The race is located at Churchill Downs race track. In the U.S. the race is knwn as the "Most exciting 2 minutes in sports." The winner recieves the prestige as well as a blanket of roses draped over the winner.

The Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America This years race occurs on May 7, 2016 The winner will win a guaranteed $2 million dollar purse. The race brings along with it many traditions. Mint Juleps are enjoyed at the race, these iced drinks that are made up of bourbon, mint and a simple sugar syrup. Burgoo a tradition that hits close to home is also very tasty. It is a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and veggies.

A special section referred to as "Millionaire's Row" is the expensive box seats. These seats attract the rickh, famous and well connected. Here you will find women dressed in fine outfits and large elaborate hats. Since 1921 the University of Louisville Marching Band plays the song "My Old Kentucky Home"

The derby is often called "The Run for the Roses" A large blanket of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. Roses were present to the ladies at the post Derby party that was attended by Churchill Downs founder Col. M. Lewis Clark. This led to Clark believing that roses would be perfect flower for the race. In 1896 the first roses to the winner was recorded. The Governor of Kentucky awards the garland and trophy to the winner. 

Now, its time to share an awesome recipe. A dish that is often served at the derby, Burgoo. You either love it or you pass on it. Where I grew up there are several areas that serve up Burgoo in community dinners. 

Kentucky Burgoo Recipe

This recipe makes a lot! Feel free to halve. Otherwise, it makes great leftovers.
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder or country ribs, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
  • 2-3 pounds chuck roast, stew meat, or other inexpensive cut of beef, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
  • 3-5 chicken legs or thighs (bone-in)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock or broth
  • 1 quart beef stock or broth
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large potatoes (we used russets)
  • 1 bag of frozen corn (about a pound)
  • 1 bag of frozen lima beans (about 14 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4-8 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce on the side
1 Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large soup pot (at least 8 quart size). Salt the meats well on all sides. When the oil is shimmering hot, working in batches brown all the meats. Do not crowd the pan or the meat will steam and not brown well. Do not move the meat while browning a side. Let the meat pieces get well seared. Remove the browned meats to a bowl.
2 Add the onions, carrots, celery and green pepper to the pot and brown them. If necessary, add a little more oil to the pot. After a few minutes of cooking, sprinkle salt over the vegetables.
3 When the vegetables are well browned, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more, until fragrant. Add back the meats, and the chicken and beef broths and the tomatoes, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2 hours.
4 Uncover and remove the meat pieces. Strip the chicken off the bone and discard skin if you want. Break the larger pieces of meat into smaller, more manageable pieces. The reason you did not do this at first is because the meats stay juicier when they cook in larger pieces. Return all the meat pieces to the pot and bring it up to a strong simmer.
5 Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks about the same size as the meat pieces (if using new potatoes, you can skip the peeling, but russets you'll want to peel). Add them to the stew and cook them until they are done, about 45 minutes. When the potatoes are done, add the Worcestershire sauce, mix well and taste for salt. Add more Worcestershire sauce to taste if needed.
6 Add the corn and lima beans. Mix well and cook for at least 10 minutes, or longer if you’d like. Here is the point where you decide whether you want a burgoo that’s been hammered into a thick mass or a stew with bright colors in it. It’s your call.
To serve, taste one more time for salt, and add either Worcestershire or salt if you want. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.

recipe source here

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