It's a good thing I didn't put money on my Kentucky Derby pick, Thousand Words, as he was scratched from the race after getting spooked, rearing, and falling in the paddock shortly before post time. Fortunately, he is perfectly fine, although his trainer suffered a broken arm/hand. Congratulations to Authentic, winner of the very exciting 146th running of the Kentucky Derby.
I didn't end up making burgoo or Derby pie for our 3-person party, but I did make hot browns for the first time. I served them with mock mint juleps and both were delicious. I brought the recipe for the Hot Brown home from our visit to the Brown Hotel where it was invented. I found the mint julep recipe at Taste of Home. I'm officially adding both to Our Favorite Recipes. Below you'll find the recipes as I made them, slightly modified from the originals. I didn't get a good picture of the mint juleps, so I guess I'll just have to make them again. Soon.