Celebrating the Kentucky Derby with Susan Carlisle

On the first weekend in May the Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The best of the best three-year old male horses run the 1.25 miles on a dirt track to win the largest purse of the day. 

I love watching the horse race and seeing all the ladies wearing their best hats. Most years I’m not there in person but in spirit. To join in as much as I can, I create my own celebration by taking out my best china and silver and setting a festive table including red rose as a centerpiece in honor of what is called “the run for the roses”. I also wear a hat for the event. 

I love cooking a special meal as well. I have included a few of those recipes here. 

“And they’re off!”

Kentucky Derby Menu

Mini Hot Browns

24(2-inch) round rolls

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 (10-ounce) package prepared Welsh rarebit sauce

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

¼ pound thick-cut smoked deli turkey, cut into bite-size pieces

24 slices Roma tomatoes

¼ cup loosely packed chopped parsley

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray an 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Split rolls horizontally. Place bottom halves of. Rolls in prepared baking dish. Cover bottom halves of rolls with 3 slices of turkey, pour Welsh rarebit sauce over turkey, add Parmesan cheese, then tomatoes, then sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Cover with tops off the rolls and pour butter over the top. Heat for 10 minutes and let stand for 5 minutes.

Kentucky Derby Pie

1 cup of sugar

½ cup flour

2 eggs

1 stick of butter, melted

1 cup of pecans

1 cup of chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and pour in unbaked pie shell. Bake at  350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until pie is brown. 

About Susan Carlisle...

Susan May’s love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade. Not allowed to watch TV until she brought the grade up, Susan filled her time with books. She turned her love of reading into a love of writing. Writing as Susan Carlisle she has completed more than 30 books for HarperCollins’s Harlequin imprint medical line. Her heroes are strong, vibrant man and the woman that challenge them. 
She also writes nonfiction. Her book Nick’s New Heart 30 Years and Counting…is about her son’s heart transplant experience. Her second nonfiction is a historical biography called A WWII Flight Surgeon’s Story released under the author name S. Carlisle May. 
She lives in Georgia with her husband of over 40 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Susan loves castles, traveling, cross-stitching and reads voraciously.
You can learn more about her at www.SusanCarlisle.com
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Susan Carlisle has a new book out this month...

Falling for the Trauma Doc (Kentucky Derby Medics Book 1)

It’s off to the races with Susan Carlisle’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance as a physician’s assistant and trauma doc treat patients at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby…while trying to resist each other!

Callee needs to move on from a huge loss, and the way to do that is to armor plate her heart. So when trauma doc Langston arrives at her clinic to temporarily conduct research, she knows she’s in trouble. Not only is he helpful with patients, but their chemistry is electric! Is Langston the guy to take a leap with, when he isn’t planning to stick around?
From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.
Kentucky Derby Medics
 Book 1: 
Falling for the Trauma Doc
Book 2: 
An Irish Vet in Kentucky
Buy on:
Amazon Aus.                 Amazon UK 


  1. Delicious! -Christine cmlk79.blocspot.com

  2. Wow Kentucky Derby Pie looks fingerlickingly delicious. It goes well with our tea break. Thanks for the recipe. Greetings.

  3. Nice menu! Sweet surprises in the post!

  4. Looks like a great dinner! Thanks so much!

  5. Hola, has preparado una rica y elegante cena. La mesa está puesta con mucho esmero y luce maravillosamente. Felicidades.

  6. The Kentucky Derby is such an iconic event, and your celebration sounds like a wonderful way to join in the spirit of the race! Setting a festive table with your best china and silver, along with a beautiful red rose centerpiece, truly captures the elegance of the occasion. And cooking a special meal to enjoy while watching the race adds an extra touch of tradition and celebration. Thank you for sharing your experience and recipes!

  7. This is my first visit to your space.
    Excellent menu proposal, in a very pleasant atmosphere. Congratulations.
    Happy weekend.


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