Strawberries are an essential part of Derby celebrations. Silver bowls piled high with the red fragrant fruit grace many buffet tables across the state. No fruit is more heralded around the first Saturday in May than the strawberry and with good reason. Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen's Janine Washle shows the reason strawberries and the other Derby icon, red roses, are first cousins.
Strawberries are in the rose family from the genus, fragaria; whereas, roses are in the genus, rosa. In simple terms, they are first cousins. When you look at a wild rose, it is easy to notice the resemblance between it and a strawberry blossom. To celebrate this kinship, we are showcasing strawberries in several ways that will make them the star of your Derby table.
For a brunch menu, strawberries and cream French toast casserole will bring roasted strawberries and vanilla cream together. For a Derby lunch, a strawberry chopped salad with mint dressing brings together the trendy chopped salad and an old fashioned cooked dressing. Of course, strawberries shine in desserts and cheesecake stuffed strawberries look impressive but are so easy. Then the traditional strawberry shortcake gets a unique twist that will have you reaching for a fork.
CASUAL VERSUS FANCY ENTERTAINING:
No matter what your style of entertaining, there are recipes that are flexible enough to work with a fancy brunch or a casual celebration. It's all in the presentation. For example, the cheesecake strawberries mentioned earlier are easy to prepare yet look fancy when lined up on a serving platter. To create a more casual approach, treat them like parfaits. Slice the strawberries, chop the cheesecake then layer them along with whipped cream in tall glasses. Same recipe yet they look so different.
It is easy to take a classic like the hot brown and give it the fancy-casual treatment too. To create a bite that is easy to handle when at a pre-Derby brunch, use the trendy tasting spoons to build a hot brown bite. Then to take it more casual and focus on ease of serving, turn the hot brown which is usually served individually, into a strata. A savory bread pudding, the strata is a perfect way to serve a crowd. A great choice as a brunch selection, it can sit equally well on a lunch or barbeque buffet as well.
Whatever your entertaining style, fancy or informal, easy to prepare, make ahead recipes will keep you out of the kitchen and with your company the first Saturday in May.
Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen also has a special Derby Entertaining Recipe sheet available by email. To ask for a complimentary copy, just email Janine Washle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CloverFields Farm & Kitchen
3720 Mt. Olive Rd.
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712
Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.
CloverFields Farm is dedicated to the preservation of southern, especially Kentucky, food traditions. The kitchen is commercially-outfitted compliant with Health Department standards. In this kitchen I develop new recipes based on original ideas, inspirations from my culinary research, and most often according to what is in season.
On the farm, they make many gifts and specialty items. She is currently working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes.