Archive for April, 2010

Kentucky Derby

Derby Pie

Kentucky Derby Weekend!  A must have – Derby Pie!

Simple to make!


1 pie crust (homemake or from store)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup light corn syrup
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup bourbon
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, shelled and chopped in half if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Roll crust out.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, on medium speed with whisk attachment, whip butter, sugars, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and bourbon together until frothy.
  4. Remove bowl from mixer, and fold in chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts. Blend well.
  5. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until set.
  6. Serve warm or cool completely before serving with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rural Retreat Windery and Dye’s vineyard

Rural Retreat Winery and Dye’s Vineyards

Hot Turkey SandwichIf you are looking for a gratifying deli sandwich and a local glass of wine, I found it! I know this does not sound like much of a challenge, but I have been disappointed many times. Rural Retreat Winery and Dye’s Vinyards, Rural Retreat, Va, located off I-81, exit 60 has a selection that will be worth your stop.  I recommend the Hot Blue Ribbon Turkey and Cranberry Chutney with lettuce and tomato served on grilled sourdough bread. The deli has a mix matched collection of items that range from gift baskets to local wood working. You can also enjoy a wine tasting of their local wines for a very reasonable price of $4.50. The wine selection includes full body reds from locally grown Cabernet Francs, Steubens and DeChaunacs and whites from Muscats, Vidal Blancs, Taminettes and Chardonnays. If you are a wine snob, (like me) these wines do not, nor should they have the full body and flavor you will find in a French wine. Just enjoy the experience of a delectable sandwich and a local wine!

Rating 3 out of 5.