Kentucky Derby Party

I’ve always had a love for big hats, bourbon, and horses so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love watching the Kentucky Derby. It’s the one day a year when the rest of the nation loves horses as much as I do! It’s a celebration of the south and gentile glamour. Here’s how…

Mint Julep

A southern classic perfect for Derby Day What is more quintessentially southern than a mint julep? I am a bourbon lover through and through and just adore a refreshing mint julep on a warm day. I make mine with a mint simple syrup. Don’t balk if you’ve never made simple syrup before. It can be…

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Crispy bacon, creamy deviled eggs   Looking for a southern picnic treat? You’ve come to the right place! There’s something about a deviled egg that just says party to me. I top mine with crispy thick-cut bacon and chives from the garden.     Pro tip: buy eggs a week before you want to make deviled…

Chicken and Waffles with Pimento Cheese and Bourbon Maple Syrup

The ultimate comfort food I make Belgian waffles all the time. I make chicken tenders all the time. But I had never served them together prior to recipe testing for my Kentucky Derby Party. Southern food isn’t really my thing – Californian, Greek, Mediterranean, and Caribbean food is my thing – but I absolutely love…

Mint Julep Brownies

Love a good mint julep? Then you’ll love this dessert! I turned my love of mint juleps into a brownie dessert for my Kentucky Derby Party. Dark chocolate mint bourbon brownies are topped with bourbon whipped cream and drizzled* with dark chocolate mint hot fudge sauce. *I use the term drizzled lightly here, as we…

Dark Chocolate Mint Hot Fudge Sauce

Delicious over ice cream, brownies, crepes, and more! I adore mint and chocolate. It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations. This luscious dark chocolate mint hot fudge sauce has the most wonderful texture – not too thin, not too thick – and isn’t overly sweet. This hot fudge sauce takes just a few minutes to…

Bourbon Whipped Cream

Great on brownies, ice cream sundaes, pie, and more! Whipped cream is kind of my thing. I’m German like that. When I was a teenager, we were out of granulated sugar so I used powdered sugar to sweeten whipped cream. I whipped too much and stuck the leftovers in the fridge. Much to me and…

SUCKER Tea Party inspired by the Jonas Brothers

I watched the Jonas Brothers SUCKER video within the hour of it being posted and I could not stop watching it. I was mesmerized by how over-the-top and fun it was, almost a caricature of a garden tea party. I could not stop thinking about it and about how badly I wanted to recreate that…

Amaretto Cake

A delicious white layer cake with a kiss of Disaronno Isn’t this an elegant looking cake? I baked this beauty for my SUCKER Tea Party inspired by the Jonas Brothers. In their music video, a two-layer white cake with raspberries sits half-eaten on a cake stand and this is what I came up with for…

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Fiori di Sicilia is the secret ingredient in these cupcakes! I wish you guys could have seen me and my mom’s faces when we taste tested this cupcake. (It’s a hard job, but we do it for you.) This cupcake is sensational. It tastes like springtime! It’s a beautiful mix of strawberry and orange thanks…

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

A bright and happy miniature cheesecake just in time for summer! Sometimes you want cheesecake but you don’t want to wait 24 hours to eat it. If you’ve ever baked a cheesecake at home, you know what I’m talking about. I love baking mini cheesecakes because they only need a couple hours to chill and they…

Dragon Fire

A strong vodka drink with a homemade raspberry mint ginger simple syrup Brace yourselves: Game of Thrones is coming and I for one could not be more excited! I give you Dragon Fire: an insanely delicious raspberry craft cocktail. When Kruto Vodka asked me to come up with a new recipe, I asked my friend Branden for help…