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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.

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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Sunday Suppers: Steakhouse Favorites

Have you been to your favorite steakhouse lately? Bet your wallet is still smarting! Here’s a way to splurge, and we do mean splurge, at home. Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon Peppercorn-Crusted Steaks with Onion Rings Mashed … Continue reading

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Creamy Cabbage Roll Sauce

This is a great cold sauce for many types of cabbage rolls or other stuffed vegetables. These particular rolls were stuffed with a mixture of venison, cracked wheat and sweet spices, but the sky is the limit for stuffing ingredients. … Continue reading

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Crawfish Mac-n-Cheese

This is a great way to use up some leftover crawfish meat from a boil. Any mix of cheese can be used, but equal parts swiss, mozzarella and cheddar work best. Baked Crawfish Macaroni 5 tbsp butter 1/3 cup flour … Continue reading

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Using Up Bad Tea Spritzer

So let’s say there is a large amount of some tea bags that taste terrible but cost a lot of money in your house. Here is a way to use some of them and enjoy a bit of booze in … Continue reading

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Lavash Crackers

  These crackers are pretty easy to make, taste great and are perfect for dipping or eating by the handful. I used sesame and poppy seeds, but all sorts of spices and flavors could be used as a topping. Make … Continue reading

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Let The Garden Begin

The extremely cold and way overstayed winter is finally over. This weekend I finished planting the spring garden and saving or removing all the plants damaged from the winter weather.   Last year I tried planting fava beans along with … Continue reading

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Crawfish Boil

Since we are so close to Louisiana, every spring means crawfish season is open. Nothing is more traditional than a good old fashioned crawfish boil. So boil up a big pot of water, break out the old bay and get … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Spring Chicken Part Two

Here’s another elegant dinner that features chicken as its star. Upside-Down Chicken Florentine Scalloped Potatoes with Rosemary Poached Pears with Chocolate and Wine Sauce

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