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.

Sunday Suppers: The Other White Meat (Thanksgiving edition)

We love ham because it creates almost as many leftovers as a big old turkey. And you can use the bone for a great soup. Here are some menu options for those of you glazing a ham on the big … Continue reading

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Gingered Cranberry Sauce

There are so many delicious ways to make cranberry sauce, that we hardly make it the same way twice. Here’s a flavorful sauce that calls for just a few ingredients. If you don’t have a tangerine, substitute the zest from … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooked Mashed Potatoes

At a restaurant last year, Katherine complimented the mashed potatoes and got a great bit of advice in return. The waiter explained that the secret to making the potatoes so creamy was cooking them at a low temperature for a … Continue reading

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Cool Thanksgiving Drinks

The first Thanksgiving we lived in the South we had just moved into our first house. Katherine excitedly threw on a sweater, popped some baked brie in the oven and lit a fire. The sweater was shed and the brie … Continue reading

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Green Beans and Toasted Almonds

This is a great side any time of the year. The cream sauce is really light and helps create a little balance with all the heavier food that may be served this time of year. This also cooks very fast … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Starter

November is our favorite month of the year because it includes our favorite national holiday — Katherine’s birthday. OK, really it’s Thanksgiving. Katherine’s birthday is a close second, but only because we generally don’t make gravy on that day. For … Continue reading

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with a Sesame Crust over Wilted Kale

Because fish went on sale and it’s always grilling season … Grilled Mahi Mahi with a Sesame Crust over Wilted Kale For the Marinade 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 tsp oyster sauce … Continue reading

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