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With Derby Day coming to us at full gallop - Saturday, May 4 - here's a fun little recipe that you can set out for your Kentucky Derby watch party. Another important drink for this - a frosty, sweet Mint Julep!

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Kentucky Bluegrass Fudge Pie

This fudge pie a cross between a brownie and a dense chocolate cake, and better than either. It's a fun dessert to serve on Derby Day at a party. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces (see note)
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease an 8 x 1-1/2-inch cake pan and set it aside. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl, stirring with a whisk to break up any cocoa lumps.
  • Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour mixture. Add the pecans, mixing well. Pour into the cake pan.
  • Bake about 30 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Do not over-bake. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. The pie may be dusted with powdered sugar or served with ice cream.

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Lone Star List

Here are 10 things that caught my eye this week!

  1. Fiesta San Antonio: April 18 to April 28 Common Questions about Fiesta for newbies
  2. NYT Food: Don’t Call It Tex-Mex, Adán Medrano calls it Texas Mexican cooking, the indigenous food of South Texas.
  3. Texas Monthly: The Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas! - Our 2019 midterm report of the best new places has a global feel. But don't worry - we haven’t forgotten about the brisket.
  4. Houston Food Finder: Meet Justin Turner, the Chef Building a Houston Burger Empire.
  5. MySA: Mexican cooking legend Diana Kennedy donates her personal archive to San Antonio's UTSA
  6. Homesick Texan: Migas Breakfast Casserole recipe (Pay Wall)
  7. Thrillist: Arkansas Just Banned Labeling Cauliflower Rice as 'Rice'.
  8. Texas Highways: Lucy the 'Bark Ranger' Completes Quest to Visit All 95 Texas State Parks - A Texas park lover takes his rescue dog along for the ride.
  9. Texas Barbecue: Aggies participate in seventh Houston BBQ Festival
  10. Austin360: 13 Top Texas Books from 2018 from Michael Barnes.

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