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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.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Bizcochitos

These crisp, flavorful cookies are a tradition in New Mexico. We loved the blend of anise and cinnamon. While many recipes called for lard, we used vegetable shortening. Use a fleur de lis cookie cutter or your favorite Christmas shape. … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: More Biscotti for Santa

  This biscotti was inspired by our very yummy figgy pudding. You’ll want to start these the night before you bake them to give the fruit time to soak up the liquor. We had quite a bit of dried fruit … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Biscotti for Santa

Because Santa really likes biscotti and we hear he’s a sucker for chocolate too. A special thanks to Bits And Breadcrumbs for putting us in the chocolate biscotti mode with this recipe that includes ginger and chocolate.   Almond Biscotti … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Coquito

This is a Christmas tradition in Puerto Rico and Cuba and we think it will be in our rotation for years to come too. This is better than your standard eggnog and we happen to really love eggnog. (At least … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Sugared Cranberries and Christmas Cranberry and Vodka Tonics

These little jewels are tasty on their own, but also a great garnish for drinks and a wonderful addition to scones. To make them even prettier, roll them in superfine not regular sugar. (We’re still working on a 25-pound bag … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate shouldn’t taste like warm chocolate-flavored milk. It should be all about the chocolate — thick, rich chocolate. This drink is super indulgent, super chocolatey and super creamy. It’s not for the weak of heart. If you must, increase … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Figgy Pudding

This is an involved pudding and does require some special equipment. It is a pretty simple thing to make though, just time-consuming. The recipe below is adapted from The Essential Dessert Cookbook. Figgy Pudding 1 cup dried figs chopped fine … Continue reading

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