Derby in Louisville
Dear Waynedale Friends,
We had the big celebration of another Kentucky Derby here in Louisville. ‑As usual, many of my siblings from Waynedale came for the big day. Now, we used to go to the infield, but as we have gotten older, and the prices have gotten higher, we all seem content to have a fun day and watch the Derby on television. If you have never been to the infield, it is an experience that is hard to describe. I guess Derby is to Louisville what the Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. ‑It isn’t just one day. No, it starts two weeks ahead of time with festivities. Occasionally, The Great Balloon Race is rained out, or the wind is too strong, or some calamity of weather befalls Louisville. This year it was postponed but did get off the next day. I watched that on TV too. (am I getting old or what)? ‑The Curves balloon came in second and it was only a half inch off in winning (they drop bags of flour). Of course, I was rooting for the Curves balloon, because it is the only exercise program that I have ever been able to lose weight on. It’s also the only thing I have ever stuck to for over two weeks! ‑The Belle of Louisville had to relinquish its antlers to a superior riverboat this year in the Great Riverboat Race. ‑We had our usual menu and ate like pigs for two days and now you see why I have to stick with Curves. I think I gave you the menu for my Derby party last year, so this year I’ll give you a recipe that is easy to make and everyone will love it. Especially chocoholics. It is called San Francisco Fudge Foggies. It won the bake-off in San Francisco several years ago. It is to die for, and if you make it you will never go back to a brownie mix from the supermarket again. I mean no offense to Betty Crocker but this is the best. It is as easy as falling off a log as my mother used to say, so do try it!
San Francisco Fudge Foggies
1 pound bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate
1 ‑cup ‑(two sticks) of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of strong brewed coffee
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cups of walnut halves (or pecans), coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9X13 inch baking pan with a double thickness of aluminum foil. Butter the bottom and sides of the foil-lined pan.
In the top of a double boiler, set over hot (not simmering) water, melt the chocolate, butter and coffee. Stir till smooth. Remove the pan from the heat. Cool the mixture.
In a large bowl, using a portable mixer on high speed, beat the eggs for 30 seconds or until foamy. Gradually add the sugar for about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer to low and gradually beat in the chocolate mixture until just blended. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour. Stir in the nuts, but do not overbeat.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 28 minutes until it is just set around the edges.
Set pan on cool rack, and cool for 30 min. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.
Now you can serve it to everyone, and get rave reviews! ‑It will last for a week, so don’t fret about it drying up. It is so wonderful that you can pretend it is Derby in Waynedale.
I hope to see all of you on Memorial Day. I will be marching in the parade with the rest of the Waynedale News Staff. I hope we have as good of weather there as we did for the Derby here.
Don’t forget to root for Funny Cide to win the 3rd leg of the triple crown. We have no living triple crown winner anymore. My mother won with unny Cide. I swear, Mom wins every year!
See you next week,
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