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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.

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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Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Fall weather arrives later in these parts, but our kitchen at least can smell like autumn. Here are some of our favorite ways, sweet and savory, to enjoy pumpkin. Pumpkin Gnocchi Pumpkin Biscotti Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple … Continue reading

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Meatballs with Sweet Plum Sauce

These are a perfect addition to any sports event party, or any party, or as a personal snack. Nothing says these cannot be a main course as well. Veal Meatballs with Sweet Plum Sauce for meatballs 1 lb ground veal … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Amatriciana

This is a simple pasta that is perfect as a first course or light dinner. Fresh tomatoes can be used instead canned if available, just make sure to skin them first. Spaghetti Amatriciana 1 lb spaghetti 1/2 cup diced pancetta … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Save Room For Dessert

It’s finally feeling like fall here, at least this week. We’ll fire up the oven before the temperature spikes again. Since this meal is so healthy looking we couldn’t resist adding dessert. Baked Butternut Squash Stuffed Pork Loin Chocolate Souffle

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Red Cabbage Bread Casserole

This is a really fantastic strata that is also low in fat. If you want it to be high in fat add more cheese and use butter to toast the bread. Cream can not hurt in the broth either. I … Continue reading

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