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About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.

Mushroom Kale Crepes

These are great for dinner as well as breakfast. Go here for how to make the crepes. Mushroom Kale Crepes 1 batch crepes about 5-6 3-4 large mushrooms sliced thick 1 cup finely chopped kale 1 cayenne pepper chopped fine … Continue reading

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Beef and Bell Pepper Rice Noodles

To cook rice noodles just pour boiling water over them in a large bowl and let soak until soft. Drain and toss with whatever spices, sauces and ingredients. Beef and Bell Pepper Rice Noodles 1 lb rice noodles cooked 1/2 … Continue reading

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Cranberry and Pear Bundt Cake

This was really amazing and made use of our neglected bunt pan. (“There’s a hole in this cake!”) We served it for dessert for company and Katherine let her coworkers polish it off. It was a hit all around, unlike … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Now in Autumn Colors

We love summer food because it’s so colorful. But the hues of fall aren’t too shabby either. Sweet Potato and Fennel Soup Brown Rice Risotto with Black Trumpet Mushrooms Poached Pears in a Chocolate and Wine Sauce

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Squash Stuffed with Mung Beans

Because I haven’t come up with enough ways to stuff vegetables. And squash is in season. Squash Stuffed with Mung Beans 1 large acorn squash seeded and scrapped 1 cup dried mung beans 2 cups vegetable or beef stock 2 … Continue reading

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Cream of Squash and Turnip Soup

Roasting the vegetables really gives this soup a great flavor. It can be served in chunks instead of creamed if a heartier soup is wanted. Cream of Roast Squash 1 lb red potatoes skinned and cut into large bites 1 … Continue reading

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Pear Hot Toddies

On with our quest to use up an overstock of homemade jam. Katherine recently used pear preserves to create a champagne cocktail, so when we were given a batch of homemade pear butter we made a similar concoction to give … Continue reading

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