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Celebrating the Derby with Flavors of KY - Bourbon

Saturday is the Kentucky Derby and I'm sharing recipes all week that celebrate the flavors of the beautiful Bluegrass state. I no longer live in Kentucky and definitely miss some of the sights, sounds, and flavors. I decided to pick a few of my favorite recipes that represent my home state.

One of the first flavors that probably comes to mind when you think of Kentucky is of course bourbon. The whiskey can be used in so many recipes including main dishes, sauces, and desserts. I haven't ventured past savory dishes with my bourbon experimentation in the kitchen, but I've enjoyed all of the tasty recipes!

I've used KY bourbon with burgers, pork chops, and salmon - each result was an equally scrumptious course. The vast flavor profile of bourbon pairs nicely with spicy BBQ flavors, as well as sweet maple sauces.

Bourbon Ancho Chile Pork Chops - Pork chops seasoned with an ancho chile rub and covered in a bourbon ancho chile sauce - slightly sweet and perfectly spicy!

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders - Mini burgers soaked in a sweet and spicy sauce.

Bourbon-Maple Pork Chops with Apples - The flavor of the pork chops and apples are enhanced with this sweet sauce starring bourbon and maple.

Maple Bourbon Salmon - Another bourbon and maple sauce that complements salmon with a bit of crunch from pecans.

I can't choose my favorite among these recipes...they are all so different but equally tasty! Check back tomorrow for a round-up of my favorite Southern dishes that you will most likely find at any KY potluck.

Pies for Pi Day

Anyone know what holiday is tomorrow (March 14)? It's one of my favorite holidays - Pi Day! Pi is a mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's been determined to over a trillion places without ending or repeating digits. You can learn more about pi and Pi day here.

The first few digits of pi are 3.14159265358, hence the reason 3/14 is Pi Day. The holiday is extra special this year since the next two digits in pi are '15' and tomorrow is 3/14/15! Only every hundred years does that happen. I've always been a bit of a math nerd and even kept a journal when I was little to try to see how many digits of pi I could calculate. Even if you aren't a math nerd like me, Pi Day is a great excuse to enjoy another one of my favorites - pie!

Check out some of my favorite pie recipes from the last few years and celebrate tomorrow with  slice of pie! The recipes include fruit pies, quick and simple sweet pies, a savory pot pie, and pie inspired cupcakes.

Banana Caramel Pie - delicious pie filled with banana and caramel goodness!

KY Pie Cupcakes - cupcake with all the flavors of a KY pie!

34 Birthday Cakes/Cupcakes for Kids

One of my favorite types of cakes to make are cakes for kids birthday parties. Whether its sports, animals, or a beloved character, there are endless opportunities and options out there for themes! Today I'm sharing a round-up of 34 kids birthday cake ideas I've created over the last few years. Most have a blog post associated with them, so you can click on them to find more information about how I made the cupcakes/cakes.


First up are some cakes and cupcakes for kids who love flowers, rainbows, and creatures of all shapes and sizes. My personal favorites are the garden theme and ladybugs!

          Ladybug Cupcakes                  Flower Garden Cake/Cupcakes

    Butterfly Cake                                Rainbow Cupcakes