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Friday Feast | Horses, Kentucky, and Pie

If you've read my stories, then you know I always have a horse (or two, or three) woven into the tale. I adore and love these majestic animals. Usually, they'd announce their viewpoint in a scene—often disagreeing with a loud snort to what the other characters are saying.

Before I turned 50 (eons ago), I wanted a horse for my birthday. Did I get one? Nope! Was I sad? You bet!

The main question tossed out constantly from my knight was, "Where are you going to keep this beast?"

"Beast?" I echoed. "I can find a home at a nearby stable for my horse."

He snorted a laugh and walked away.

The debate lasted a full year. In the end, I relented. My knight was correct. I had to consider my lack of time to truly care for a horse. And knowing me, I'd be out in the stables each day, and that would leave zero time for writing. These days, I'm content to go horseback riding with my daughters.

Since I've mentioned my love of horses, I'm going to be watching an annual event—The Kentucky Derby! The 148th race will be tomorrow, May 7. I'll have my television on early in the morning until the race starts. Now that my oldest daughter has recently moved to Kentucky, I'm hoping to make a trip and go to the Derby with her. It's been on my bucket list for years.

For a special tasty treat to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, I'm sharing a pie that's popular with the event. The original Derby Pie was created in the 1950s in Walter and Leaudra's Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. I've made my version once and it's delicious! Purely decadent!

Until next Friday, laugh often, spread the love, and cheer on the horses!


Kentucky Derby Pie


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup melted salted butter (1 stick), cooled

3 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon

1 cup chopped toasted pecans (or walnuts)

1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ready-made pie crust (for a 9-inch pie)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Add the eggs and melted, cooled butter to the flour mixture. Stir to combine.

Stir in the bourbon, pecans, chocolate chips, and vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is set.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.


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