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Day 36 - Frankfort, Kentucky

We were supposed to ride horses into Kentucky from Tennessee but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. However, later on, Ziggy got to ride one. There's a picture of what happened below. We met up with subscribers, Helen and her hubby Franklin in Frankfort (say that 5 times real fast), who gave us a little history of Kentucky and welcomed us to the Bluegrass State. But first, Ziggy had to wear her hat in honor of Daniel Boone, her idol.

I knew that Kentucky was the 15th state in the USA and it became a state on June 1, 1792. I also knew that Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County (now called Larue County) on February 12, 1809.

Helen said as we walked the grounds of the capital, "Although inhabited by Native Americans in prehistoric times, when white explorers and settlers began entering Kentucky in the mid-1700s, there were no permanent Native American settlements in the region. Instead, the country was used as hunting grounds by Shawnees from the north and Cherokees from the south. Much of what is now Kentucky was purchased from Native Americans in the treaties of Fort Stanwix and Sycamore Shoals."

Franklin continued, "Thereafter, Kentucky grew rapidly as the first white settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains were founded, with settlers (primarily from Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) entering the region via the Cumberland Gap and the Ohio River. The most famous of these early explorers and settlers was Daniel Boone, traditionally considered one of the founders of the state. Shawnees north of the Ohio River, however, were unhappy about white settlement of Kentucky, and allied themselves with the British in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)."

Kentucky was a battleground during the war; the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last major battles of the Revolution, was fought in Kentucky.

Of course, there's the Kentucky Derby. We saw some of the most beautiful thoroughbred stables and horses and of corse, Ziggy's favorite animal to ride. But she wasn't allowed to ride them. She was too underweight. hehehe.

It was time to eat!!

Henry Bain was the Head Waiter at Louisville's Pendennis Club. He created this sauce which became a Derby & year round Louisville favorite with beef. Here's the recipe.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain Sauce
Makes 2 servings

1 beef tenderloin
*1 cup Major Grey's chutney )You should be able to pick up some in your groucery store already made.)
2 oz pickled walnuts, optional
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup A-1 sauce
1/4 cup Worchestershire
3/4 cup Chili sauce
dash Tabasco

Grill tenderloin to desired temperature. Slice and serve hot or cold.

Whisk chutney and walnuts in food processor. Mix in other ingredients. Serve at room temperature. Store in refrigerator.

*Chutney - A preparation generally made with fruit and/or vegetables, vinegar, herbs, and spices that provides a sweet and sour taste with flavors ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. Traditionally, it is Indian in origin and has a consistency ranging from chunky to smooth. Chutney is used as a condiment, an appetizer, an salad dressing ingredient, or served with savory meat dishes, such as grilled pork or poultry. It can also be served as a topping for a variety of cheeses adding a nice flavor enhancer to the combination. Mango and plum are two of the popular fruit varieties or a mixture of ingredients such as apple, tomato, and onion are also popular. However, there are numerous variations of chutney made from many different foods, such as beets, cranberries, chestnuts, raisins, pears, apricots, and many other fruits or vegetables.

Kentucky Mint Julep

2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

Mix and drink!

Onion Soup from Tennessee is good for you and me.


Before we left, Ziggy had to try and ride a thoroughbred. Here's what happened.

If we're going to be in Montpelier, Vermont tomorrow, we've got to get to the airport, we have to get a move on. So we said our goodbyes and took the first flight out. I tended to Ziggy's bumps and bruises on the plane.


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