We first came across the lovebirds behind Just Married & Cooking a few months ago while reading up on food bloggers in love - and in the kitchen. Writer Brooke Parkhurst and chef-instructor James Briscione have been doling out helpful tips to newlywed cooking newbies and now, the happy couple is celebrating another culinary masterpiece – the launch of their first cookbook (by the same name), out later this month!

With their endless stream of easy recipes and fun entertaining ideas, we thought these Southern transplants might know a thing or two about the Kentucky Derby, so we turned to them for a celebratory Derby Day party menu complete, of course, with their Perfect Mint Julep. Chef James was of course happy to oblige us, proper Southern gentleman that he is.