Thursday, April 19, 2012

Run for the roses

cigar box thrifted this week for three dollars!

Living in Kentucky is fun near Derby time~
(more so if your dad is living and planning family get-togethers...but the memories remain!)
Our family always grilled then and everyone brought side-items
and we had fun choosing our horse and
making some wee bets as we watched the 
race together. 

Other people? 

They have Mint Juleps and some have 
Benedictine sandwiches.
They are so named because of a lady~Miss Jennie C. Benedict~ from Louisville, Ky. (pronounced by locals as "Louaville") 
who held tea parties and served these creations
of her own in the late eighteen hundreds. 

Got that? 

They are scrumptious and happy and fresh.
I highly recommend you gathering
the supplies and making some for
your own Derby viewing! 
Now, Miss Jennie took that
original recipe with her when
she went to that big Derby in the sky. 
Even so, it is simple and my version
here comes from Southern Living magazine. 

It should be
noted you can thin it with sour cream
and mayonnaise and use it for a dip with
special crackers or chips.


Kentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Makes 8 dozen (that oughtta be enough...)

2~ 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1~cup peeled, seeded and finely chopped cucumber
1/2 cup minced green onions
1/4 chopped fresh dill
2 T mayonnaise
1/2 t salt
1/2 t freshly ground pepper
48 white bread slices

(I understand that for many years we took the 
crust off but that now it is on again! I keep hearing that God is in the details and I do want to be with Him so my crusts will remain!)

*Stir together first seven ingredients.
Spread mixture on one side of twenty-four
bread slices: top with remaining slices. 
Cut each sandwich into four triangles with
a serrated knife. 

A freebie!
From Mirabelle Creations via Amy Atlas comes
these free printables  for use on your
Derby party table foods...i.e. cupcake 
toppers, bottle labels, etc.
be creative with! 

The 138th Kentucky Derby runs on May 5th


AntiqueChase said...

What a fun tradition... Love the rose box!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Phyllis:
This all sounds to be great fun indeed. We love the idea of your all doing something special for the Kentucky Derby. We trust that already you are studying form and wish you much luck on May 5th. with your chosen horse.

see you there! said...

You could fill the rosey box with fancy little sammiches :-) Please dear, cut the crusts off mine, I'l old school.


The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What fun! Love this recipe...we're going to hold on to this one for a tea party some day! Happy Derby :)

Merci-Notes said...

Gee, Dad's are on both of our minds! Dads, Fathers, the head of the house, Spiritual leader for his family.

AH! did i send you the link to Women of Grace on EWTN? Fathers, YOUNG men of today was the topic this week!!! wow.

I love your post. You have such a wonderful way of making it seem like we are right there on a porch visiting :) I am sorry that you no longer have your Father here. I just heard this past week about how we take over the torch, the heads of the family... sigh. I want to be good enough to do this. Prayer.

You should have a Grill out May 5th!

I am coming back tomorrow for some mint julep in
Enjoying listening to your Riverside by Agnes Obel. I like that Adel. Do you?

Love and Hugs,

Martina said...

These sandwiches sound divine - and i LOVE teaparties! Must make them next time ;) Have a fun and happy weekend!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a great tradition, a tea party wouldn't be complete without cucumber sandwiches! I like the name of your sandwiches too! I think that's what I'll refer to them as from now on!

Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a lovely weekend!

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susan@avintagefarmwife said...

So fun! Do you wear fancy hats at your party? My granddad used to take us to the county fair to the horse races when we were little. We would bet with lemons from our lemon shake-ups. Miss him so. Glad to see you post-I was worried about you!