Friday Shout Out: A Beautiful Bourbon Weekend

So I took a little two-week trip to Italy and came back only slightly jet-lagged and over-carbed last Friday. I have missed blogging, so I aim to bring you a post or two on my Italy escapades soon.

In the meantime, how about a little taste of bourbon for this Kentucky Derby weekend? Last night Scott and I enjoyed a preview of the Early Times Julep Mix from our lovely friends down the street. They host an annual shindig for the Derby, and this will be our second appearance at the bourbon-soaked fete. (We brought our mint plant in case we needed to make a minty simple syrup, but luckily, convenience saved the day.)

Since too much of a good thing can be wonderful, I plan on making these Bourbon Balls and an appetizer (to be determined, but Blue Cheese Cheesecake is looking like a solid contender, as is Kentucky Greengrass from the excellent Cordon Bluegrass cookbook gifted to us by two dear Adams family members that recently passed away.

Scott's Uncle Bruce and grandmother Miss Doris (or "Big D," as she was affectionately called) were two gifted cooks with excellent appetites. They will forever be loved and missed!

When we tip our glasses this weekend, we will say a prayer of thanks to our family, and that everyone should have the fine fortune of knowing and loving such wonderful people in their lifetime (and family who really knew how to relax and have fun, to boot!) As the Italians say, "Salute!"

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you celebrate.