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Meatless Monday: Derby Day Eats

 

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Place your bets and whip out your finest hat — the Kentucky Derby returns in all of its mint julep-soaked glory this Saturday afternoon. While Derby Day usually conjures up images of hot browns and chicken and waffles, vegetarian tea sandwiches are also a longstanding race-day tradition. We’re gearing up for the big run with Nealey Dozier’s elegant pumpernickel wedges, which feature a tangy blue cheese spread studded with walnuts and dried cranberries. Paired with a tall glass of sweet tea or a frosty, bourbon-splashed julep, the stylish bites will likely go just as quickly as the greatest two minutes in sports.

Blue Cheese and Walnut Tea Sandwiches

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Mint Julep Jell-O: Cocktails Meet Dessert


Though I consider myself a New Yorker, I was born and raised in the South, and this berry-filled twist on the classic Southern cocktail takes me back to my roots. Like the traditional cocktail often served at the Kentucky Derby, this Jell-O mold is made with sweet mint and bourbon. Tart blackberries balance out the dish and create a surprisingly cool and refreshing treat — perfect for relaxing all day on the front porch of your Southern farmhouse. Or if you’re like me, on the roof of your apartment building.

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Kentucky Derby Watch 2011: Mint Julep Madness

Frozen Mint Julep Recipe, Food2.com

Though not a classic prep, we love Food2's killer Frozen Mint Julep Recipe

Don’t put away your big hats just yet — The Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend and is sure to draw out plenty unique toppers. In honor of the race, we’re serving up our best mint julep recipes. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to do a taste test and find your favorite.

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