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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.

Rum Swizzle

Ever noticed how most drinks with rum call for a few different kinds? This is no exception. The recipe below is in parts not ounces since it works best made in a large batch as punch. Add a dash of … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Souffle

This is just a big, smooth, creamy, airy chocolate orgasm. Pardon my French. Use any two-quart straight sided 7-8″ dish, although a souffle dish does work the best. Good quality dark chocolate is not negotiable. Dark Chocolate Souffle 8 oz … Continue reading

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South American Grilled Chicken

Now that you know how to spatchcock a chicken here is a recipe for one. Remember to use indirect heat over a bed of hickory or apple wood coals would be best. This recipe is adapted slightly from Raymund’s Pollo … Continue reading

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Smoky Black Beans

Our love of red beans and rice inspired this recipe. We love cooking beans down and down and down until they become super creamy and rich. This generally takes about three hours and involves a good overnight soak. Serve these … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Easter’s Here

If you’re having a crowd over ham is always easier on the budget than lamb. Don’t forget the biscuits for leftovers! Honey-glazed or Molasses and Bourbon Ham Mashed Sweet Potatoes Green Bean Salad Spiced Strawberry Shortcake Don’t forget to make … Continue reading

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Cornmeal and Cranberry Scones

Hey remember that leftover cranberry pulp a bit back? Here is a use for some of it. Cranberry Cornmeal Scones 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 4 tbsp sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp … Continue reading

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Naked Asparagus

This is a great starter salad or side for barbecued meat. Make sure to use fresh young asparagus stalks. Raw Asparagus Salad 1 bunch fresh asparagus stalks, about 12 Romano 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp lemon zest 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Tropical Thunder

I came up with this drink recipe after realizing we only had one type of rum in the house and a whole mess of different fruit juices. Increase the ratios to make a pitcher full of fruity fun. Tropical Thunder … Continue reading

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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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