Bluegrass Gatherings Parties!

What could be a better way to prep for another dreary winter weekend than checking out the Junior League of Louisville blog? How about learning great recipes, courtesy of Bluegrass Gatherings, that you can make while you are rain/sleet/ice/snowed-in to keep you warm and happy!

As part of a contest for JLL members to win a cookbook credit, the Cookbook Committee asked members to share some of the recipes they made from our newest cookbook, Bluegrass Gatherings.

Caroline Wheat was one of the lucky winners! Caroline Wheat got together with her friend, Maggie Heely, to host a potluck brunch. Caroline made the Bourbon Bacon and Cheese Grits. Caroline stated both dishes were easy to make and were a hit at the brunch. Everyone raved about the grits. She has even made the grits a few more times and has made it her “go-to” breakfast party dish.

Here is a teaser recipe for the Bluegrass Bourbon Maple Bacon:
3 ingredients: ½ cup maple syrup, 1 tablespoon Kentucky Bourbon and 2 pounds of thick cut bacon
This serves 6 to 8:
Mix the maple syrup and bourbon in a bowl. Line a shallow baking pan with foil or baking parchment. Place a stainless steel baking rack in the pan. Arrange the bacon slices on the rack in a single layer, Brush the bacon with the maple syrup mixture. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon begins to brown. Brush the bacon with the maple syrup mixture again and bake for 3-5 minutes longer.


Laura Crahan hosted a dinner party and made the Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette and Sage Sausage Minestrone.


That soup looks hearty, delicious and perfect for all the cold weather we had. Laura said she had trouble finding sage sausage and substituted regular sausage instead. All her guests mentioned it still tasted great. Perhaps adding some sage herbs to the soup would amp up the flavor as well when using regular sausage.

Did you know? Bluegrass Gatherings is Official Cookbook of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival. Be sure to check back here for more information about our sponsorship as we go through this Derby season.

If you are interested in purchasing any of JLL’s fine cookbooks, check out the League’s website, or contact a member!