Author Archives: Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

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: How To Make Tamales

This year Katherine wanted authentic tamales for her birthday meal. Well almost authentic due to her dislike of both the pigs head and lard which were substituted with pork shoulder and crisco. Tamales are a traditional Mexican meal served over … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past

  Our annual Twelve Days of Christmas posts start tomorrow and we’re getting giddy, or maybe we’re just tipsy and suffering from slight sugar comas. Here are all the recipes from our past Twelve Days of Christmas posts. Like we’ve … Continue reading

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Lemon Squash

This is a nonalcoholic drink. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Drink it as is, or add seasonal herbs. You can use it as a base for punch at a family gathering like a child’s birthday party. Just … Continue reading

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Carnitas

Carnitas are basically just stewed pork that is shredded and then added to many sauces and dishes. This recipe explains how to make the basic meat mixture. If making traditional tamales then use the traditional red chili sauce recipe here … Continue reading

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Red Chili Sauce for Tamales

This is a very simple pepper sauce that requires a couple different dried peppers that may be hard to find at the grocery store. A trip to a Mexican market is always fun though. Although this is usually used for … Continue reading

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Flan

This is a fairly standard flan recipe. It works well as one large flan in a 9″ cake pan or 5-6 individual flans in ramekins. Either way it is guaranteed creamy, sweet and satisfying. Traditional Flan 1 pint heavy whipping … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Better than Fish Sticks

We’re still not ready for a Sunday Supper starring poultry. Here’s a zesty meal with a citrus punch that won’t leave you feeling too heavy. Baked Salmon with a Crumb Crust Fingerling Potatoes with Wilted Kale Poached Pears in Champagne

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