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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.

Duck Breasts with Cranberry-Orange Sauce

I came up with this sauce as a way to use up some of the whole cranberries stocked in the freezer from Thanksgiving. I like to wait until they go on sale, then buy enough to last all year long. … Continue reading

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German Spice Cookies

These cookies taste a lot like gingerbread, but are very hard due to all the sugar in the dough. This makes them perfect to dip in coffee or other hot beverages. Keep the size small to encourage extra dunking. This … Continue reading

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Pecan Chicken on a Bed of Swiss Chard

This recipe makes use of fresh Swiss chard. If it is not in season yet then wait. Swiss chard is similar in taste to spinach but tougher like kale. The stems need to be cooked longer than the leaves and … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Easter’s Coming

We’ll have a budget-friendly Easter meal next week. This week, we’re going fancy pants. Roasted Lamb with Fennel Lemon Asparagus Duchess Potatoes Challah Lemon Bars

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How to Split a Chicken

Spatchcocking a chicken is a great method for cooking a whole chicken on a barbecue, especially if you do not want to smoke it. By splitting the bird in half the cooking time is shortened and the meat cooks more … Continue reading

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Artisian Crackers

These crackers are really cheap, easy to make and taste great. Making cracker dough is very similar to pie crust and is a great way to improve your skills at making pastry. Rosemary Crackers 2 cups – 2 tbsp unbleached … Continue reading

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Gingered Prosecco

    Our 11th wedding anniversary is just around the corner and spring is finally here so we have reason to celebrate. This bubbly drink came straight from Martha, not that we’re on a first-name basis with her. We used … Continue reading

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Asian Fusion Slaw

This recipe works well as a side for barbecue or stir fry. The flavors of the raw cabbage and Asian ingredients really work well. Chopped peanuts or cilantro can be added as well. Asian Coleslaw 1 small green cabbage cored … Continue reading

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Creamy Stovetop “Risotto”

Risotto is one of our favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite meals. Sometimes though we want the starch to be a side, not the meal’s star. But if we have risotto as a side we don’t have time for all that … Continue reading

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Drunken Whole Chicken

After St. Patrick’s day there is always a little leftover beer and cider from the festivities. This is a fantastic way to use up some of it along with a whole chicken. The flavors of the roast meat and vegetables … Continue reading

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