March Madness Entertaining [Recipe] + 10% Off Cookbooks

Each year, my husband takes off the first two days of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He stays at home, sets up a handful of TV’s in our living room, and invites his friends over to watch EVERY SINGLE GAME.
To satisfy the boys’ burly, game-watching appetites, I turned to the March Madness menu in my new Bluegrass Gatherings cookbook. I decided to make Tip Off Poppers. They were super easy to make AND they were a hit! (My husband’s friend said they are his new favorite food, seriously!)
"This is my new favorite food." –Tom
“This is my new favorite food.” –Tom
Try them yourself:
20 jalapeños, sliced in the middle. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds out.
10 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 BBQ sauce
1 lb cooked, crumbled bacon
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a baking sheet. Top the jalapeños with cream cheese. Heat in the oven for 16 minutes. Take out of the oven and equally distribute the BBQ sauce and bacon. Put back in the oven for 7 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
I also made the Buffalo and Blue Cheese Meatballs, also from the March Madness menu. I mixed the ingredients and rolled the mixture into “balls” and gave my husband heating directions before heading to work on Thursday. That afternoon my husband called, telling me how good the meatballs were. The key word here is were. By the time I got home, the meatballs were a thing of the past. Luckily, I got a “before” picture.
Before picture
Before picture
Entertain the basketball lover in your life—and his friends—with recipes from Bluegrass GatheringsCookbooks are only $29.95, plus tax. During the month of March 2013, save 10% off a case of ten using the promo code: COOKBOOK10 (all caps) on the League’s website.
-Robin Rueff

Bluegrass Gatherings Now Available!

Today the Junior League of Louisville’s highly anticipated 4th cookbook has launched!   After over 3 years of planning, development, testing, and editing,  we are proud to present our newest cookbook, Bluegrass Gatherings: Entertaining Through Kentucky’s Seasons.  

Bluegrass Gatherings Cover Front

Bluegrass Gatherings is a seasonal, menu-based cookbook that features 20 full menus— from appetizers to drinks—that include recipes utilizing fresh, local ingredients. It includes recipes from celebrated local chefs and restaurants, a wine pairing guide, entertaining tips, cooking tips, and interesting tidbits on how Louisville events and traditions tie-in to select menus.

To celebrate, the League will be hosting events throughout the spring to promote Bluegrass Gatherings.  Be sure to mark your calendars!

  • March 28th – Macy’s Spring Fashion Show at Horseshoe Casino
  • April 18th – BG Celebration & Sponsor Thank You Event at Macy’s
  • April 24th – Lilly’s Book Signing & Prix Fixe Meal
  • May 25th  – St. Matthews Farmers Market at Beargrass Christian Church

Bluegrass Gatherings can be purchased for $29.95  online and at the JLL office.  We also have many local retailers that are carrying our cookbook such as The Brown Hotel, Carmichaels Bookstore, Bittners, Colonial Design, Cooking at the Cottage, Celebrations, Lotsa Pasta, and Regalo/Galt House Gift Shop.

We’d like to thank our sponsors that help make this cookbook possible: Heaven Hill Distilleries, Lauren Adams Ogden, Yum! Brands Foundation, White Clay Consulting, Estes Public Relations, Louisville Stoneware, Churchill Downs, North End Cafe, Colonial Designs, Event Warriors and Weekend Wedding Warriors, Solberg Manufacturing, PriceWeber, M.A. Buckner, Kentucky Proud, Bittners, Algood Food Company, and Foxhollow Farm.

Top 3 Cookbook Gift Ideas [Video]

Cookbooks make excellent gifts, especially when it is paired with a monogrammed apron or other unique kitchen products.  LaCinda Glover, our Cookbook co-chair shows you how to make an impression with cookbook gifts.  Here are our Top 3 Cookbook Gift Ideas perfect for your next wedding, shower, or Christmas gift.

1.  Paired with a Fleur de Lis Platter & serving knife

2. Packaged with a Monogrammed Apron and Recipe Box

3. Paired with a Chalk Board Painted Platter with customized message

To purchase Junior League of Louisville cookbooks visit our website at or stop by our office.

Have you purchased cookbooks for a gift?  What other unique ways have you packaged your gift?

Sneak Peek: Bluegrass Gatherings Training & Tasting

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who came out to join us  for the Bluegrass Gatherings Training & Tasting Monday, Feb 25th. What a great turnout!

Bluegrass Gatherings training

The Bluegrass Gatherings training provided a wonderful opportunity to learn all about the new cookbook, how to sell cookbooks, as well as sample yummy recipes & drinks from the Bluegrass Gatherings’ March Madness menu.  JLL members that attended were also provided the opportunity to buy or pick up their copies of Bluegrass Gatherings.

Thank you to our special guest and JLL sustainer, Lisa Nash for sharing with us about our past cookbooks; and ways to ” fall in love with the cookbook”.  By finding those favorite go to recipes that we love sharing with friend and family, we are able to talk about the cookbook. This can easily be the best way to sell the cookbook.

Of course Bluegrass Gatherings makes a great gift for newlyweds, a baby shower, or house warming gift. LaCinda Glover and Susan Hovekamp provided wonderful ideas on how to package cookbooks as gift.

Here are a few events coming up that will showcase our new cookbook:

  • March 6th – General Meeting – JLL will celebrate it’s the cookbook’s release.  Members will be able to buy or pick up their pre-sale.
  • March 28th – Kentucky Derby Spring Fashion Show at Horseshoe Casino
  • April 18th – Bluegrass Gatherings Party at Macy’s featuring Chef Laurent Geroli from The Brown Hotel
  • April 24th – Book Signing & Prix Fixe Meal at Lilly’s

We hope you will come out and join us!   Bluegrass Gatherings will be available to the general public Thursday, March 7th.  Please order your copy online or stop by the JLL office Monday- Thursday 9:00am- 2:00pm.

Shannon Wolfrum