April 26, 2013

Kentucky Derby

Growing up my family went to the races all the time. And watching the Kentucky Derby was always a big event.  We were those people who go to the local race track just to watch the Derby on TV.  Someday I will make my way to Churchill Downs, but until then I will have to enjoy from afar.  To get ready for the festivities on May 4th here are some derby essentials:

Derby Hat

Big hats are one of the most identifiable items of the Kentucky Derby.  Well, maybe second to horses. This is the Monogrammed Wide Navy Blue Derby Hat with the Extra Sash Bow both by Marley Lilly

Mint Julep

Early Times Mint Julep is the official mint julep of the Kentucky Derby.  I'm not usually a huge fan of mint julep's but I think I'll give them another go.   The recipe for the Early Times Julep can be found here.

My Old Kentucky Home

One big tradition of the Derby is the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home", so go here to learn the lyrics.

Do y'all have any Derby essentials or tips to pass on?

The Key Prep on Campus,


April 6, 2013

Sesame Green Beans

For Easter, my family decided to have a pot luck to keep everything simple and I choose to make a green bean dish.  I wanted to do something different that was healthier than a green bean casserole.  So, I found this great recipe from Martha for Sesame Green Beans. It turned out great and was super quick and easy.


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Set a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil. Add green beans to basket; reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, and cook until crisp-tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add green beans and sesame seeds; season with salt and pepper, and toss.

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