Month: April 2012

You can’t beat this spread for the Derby

I'm guessing that there's a run on cream cheese in Louisville, Kentucky, grocery stores in the early May days leading up to the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (this year May 4-5). The staple of cheesecakes around the country is also the basis for the uniquely Kentucky cucumber spread called Benedictine. No self-respecting Louisville host or hostess would be caught dead without Benedictine as part of his or her Derby Day spread. Kentucky being the land of bourbon, it's not surprising that the spread has nothing to do with the 502-year-old French liqueur of the same name. Instead, it's named for its creator, Jennie Benedictine, who began a catering business in the late 19th century. By all counts she was a very...Read More