My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!
Since the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, I thought I would create the ideal springtime mint julep. My version is slightly different, made with fresh lemon juice and agave nectar. It’s traditionally served in an iced silver or pewter mug during the Kentucky Derby, but any glass is fine when it tastes this good (and I promise you, it’s fabulous). I used Gentleman Jack which is one of my favorite bourbons, but feel free to use your favorite. Enjoy a taste of Kentucky with every sip of this fresh drink.