4 THINGS TO CELEBRATE ON MAY 5, 2018…CINCO DE MAYO, KENTUCKY DERBY, A SHRIMP FESTIVAL, AND A FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY


Not since 2012 has Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fallen on the same day. This Saturday, May 5, the two will coincide again with lots of revelry and celebration.  Folks at America’s oldest continuous sporting event, THE Kentucky Derby, will be wearing large hats and sipping mint juleps.  Mexican hats might be the norm at a Cinco de Mayo party, but there is no doubt marguaritas will be the drink of choice.

The Kentucky Derby, The Run For The Roses, is always the 1st Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

It’s all about the horses, the people, the hats, the colors, the singing of My Old Kentucky Home and the gathering of family and friends and… good food and good Bourbon.

I love this cheesy appetizer celebrating the many hats we’ll be seeing on Saturday.

Kentucky Derby Cheese Hat Appetizer

Kentucy Derby Hat Appetizer photo by Kathy Miller

Ingredients

  • 1 round of Brie (small)
  • 1 round Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs
  • assorted crackers
  • herbs, edible flowers and ribbon for decoration

Instructions

  1. Unwrap brie round.  Place on serving dish.
  2. Center the Boursin cheese on top of brie.
  3. Decorate with herbs, flowers and ribbon.
  4. Serve with crackers.

Notes

Perfect for your Kentucky Derby party.

By KathyMillerTime

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Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

Everyone knows the drink of choice at the Derby is a mint julep.  I’m not sure, but I think there are lots of people like me who can’t seem to acquire a taste for mint juleps.  Here’s a great alternative using the same main ingredient, Kentucky bourbon.  You can even serve it in a mint julep cup! (This is great for a Derby viewing party or a tailgate.)

My Old Kentucky Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slushy in a mint julep cup photo by Kathy Miller

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bourbon (I used Maker's Mark)
  • 1 12 (ounce) can orange juice concentrate
  • 1 12 (ounce) can lemonade concentrate
  • 4 cans water (use 12 ounce can)
  • 2 cups tea
  • 1 cup sugar (I cut back on the sugar. Just added a little Splenda instead of sugar).

Instructions

  1. Mix all together and freeze (gallon freezer bags work well).
  2. Serve slushy. Will need to thaw some then keep in cooler packed in ice
  3. Delish!

By Lisa Cochran via KathyMillerTime

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Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

The second big event happening every May 5 is Cinco De Mayo Spanish for “5th of May”.  As per Wikipedia… “The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the  French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American  culture.”

Guacamole is a must at any Cinco De Mayo party!

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo photo by Kathy Miller

Guacamole with Jalapeno photo by Kathy Miller

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 1 medium tomato, finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half, pit and scoop pulp into a bowl.
  2. Add lime juice immediately to keep pulp from turning brown.
  3. Using a sharp knife finely dice avocado.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.
  5. Mix well.

Notes

I love guacamole and have many different recipes. The jalapeno makes this one special. You could add some Texas Pete hot sauce if you like it a little spicier.

By KathyMillerTime

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Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

The 3rd May 5th event in my neck of the woods, the 55th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival which I wrote about in a previous post…AND YES IT IS THE 55TH ON 5/5! Click here for a great shrimp recipe.

And the 4th special event…our friend, Curt’s, birthday.  Curt is special and so was his birth date…5/5/55!  Happy Birthday Curt!

Here’s a recipe from Curt.

Curt’s Smokey Burgers

Ingredients

  • Ground beef, made into patties
  • Favorite barbecue sauce
  • Smoked gouda cheese
  • English muffins
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickles
  • Meat seasoning, such as Chicago Steak or Montreal Steak
  • Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Season hamburger patties with meat seasoning, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Grill hamburger patties to a medium temperature (just slightly before medium internal temperature).
  3. Pull from grill, place immediately in foil. Curt says, “Foilin’ is grillin’ you know!”
  4. While in foil, add your favorite BBQ sauce and smoked gouda cheese on top of the burger.
  5. Wrap back up in foil and place back on grill on low heat or in oven. This allows the BBQ sauce to soak in and the cheese to melt.
  6. Serve on a toasted English muffin (too much bread hides the flavor), and garnish with tomato slices (fresh from the garden if possible!) and pickles.

Notes

These are the best grilled burgers! Those of you who know Curt will understand his “Foilin’ is grillin’ you know!”

By Curt Leonard via KathyMillerTime

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Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

I used buns instead of English Muffins…just because!

Have a great May 5!!!

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the 5th table.

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6 Comments

  • Kay says:

    Happy Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Happy Birthday to Curt!

  • Curt Leonard says:

    Hi Kathy

    Thanks from your old friend!

    9 birthdates a century with same numbers. Made me a lucky & blessed fellow with such good family and friends!

    Foilin is grillin!

    Curt

  • Bobby Ballet says:

    I thought you would include a birthday cake for your friend’s birthday. No dessert needed after all of your suggestions for the derby, cinco and the shrimp festival!

    • KathyMillerTime says:

      Now dessert would be a nice idea! But had cheeseburgers on the mind😄🦐😎🐎🥑🍈

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