Thursday, April 28, 2011

Delicious Cinnamon biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 15 to 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk, optional


Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and mix well. Stir in vegetable oil. Add buttermilk and stir just until blended.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll dough into a 15x8-inch rectangle. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a 9-inch round baking pan lightly.
Spread butter over the dough. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle over butter. Roll up rectangle, jelly roll fashion, starting from one long side. Pinch seam to seal. Cut the roll into 1 1/2-inch slices. Arrange the slices, cut side up, in prepared baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Pour milk over the top, if desired. Serve hot.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

What to do with left over Easter eggs

 Deviled eggs are a great appetizer to serve at almost any type of party. They also complement hot dogs and hamburgers that have been prepared on a grill. Deviled eggs can be made a variety of ways, but if you are looking for the perfect deviled egg to make for a barbecue, you should consider using bacon.
Things you'll need
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Paprika
  • Serving dish
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Water    
1. Fill a pot with water and insert a dozen eggs. This will make 24 deviled eggs.
2 Turn your stove to high heat and place your pot of eggs on the burner. Wait until the water begins to boil before timing your eggs. Once the water boils, cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
3 Rinse the eggs under cold water and remove the shells.
4 Cut your eggs in half with a sharp knife. Make sure you cut them lengthwise.
5 Remove the yolks and place them in a bowl. Place the whites on a serving dish.
6 Add 1/2 cup of mayo and 2 tsp. of mustard to the egg yolks.
7 Crush five slices of bacon into bits, and add them to the mixture.
8 Mix the ingredients in the bowl until they are smooth.
9 Spoon the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
10 Sprinkle with paprika and serve. Only sprinkle enough paprika to add color to your egg.
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Kentucky Derby is coming up soon

Louisville has a lot to offer visitors. We have exceptional restaurants, wonderful museums, and beautiful scenery. Within an hour away from the city. are charming little towns, B&Bs and lots of history. There are events going on all year round, but some of the best are in the spring and summer. We have lots of outdoor festivals, garden walks, and Victorian house tours; Shakepeare, blues, jazz and country music festivals. The list goes on and on, but I think that most would agree that the highlight of the year is the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race currently covers one and one-quarter miles (2.012 km) at Churchill Downs; colts and geldingsfillies 121 pounds (55 kg) who can  carry 126 pounds (57 kg),  The race, known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate time length, is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States. It typically draws around 155,000 fans.

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The Kentucky Derby is one of the crown jewels of the elusive Triple Crown which includes the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.For over 125 years the Kentucky Derby has been everyone's race - from the dapper men and beautiful women, all in hats and sipping on frosty mint juleps, to the laid-back infield crowd who picnic on fried chicken and toss around Frisbees. They're all there to witness the world's premier horse-racing event. "Riders up" booms the paddock judge. The trainers give a leg up to the riders and send them out through the tunnel and onto the world's most famous track as the University of Louisville band strikes up Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home". 
In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions have played a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar, is the traditional beverage of the race. Burgoo, typically a thick stew of lamb and vegetables is served from iron pots sometimes 10 feet in diameter. Legal gambling on the race is done through parimutuel betting at the track. The Infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers low general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party. 

By contrast, "Millionaire's Row" refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich and famous. Elegant women appear in long dresses, big hats, and carrying fancy umbrellas. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, "My Old Kentucky Home" is played by the University of Louisville marching band while the crowd stands and sings along.
Derby TrophyThe Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a garland of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition is as a result of New York socialite E. Berry Wall presenting roses to ladies at a post-Derby party in 1883 that was attended by Churchill Downs president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race's official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. The governor of Kentucky awards the garland and the trophy.
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