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: More Goodies from the Grill

Grilling in the summer is kind of torture in these parts. Sure you keep the house cooler, but you have to stand in triple-digit heat, or close enough to it. Here are some recipes that reward your suffering. Grilled Whole … Continue reading

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Avocado and Cucumber Soup

This is a simple cold soup that is great as a starter course or light lunch. Serve with toasted bread to dip. Avocado Cucumber Soup 1/2 lbs cucumber peeled and cut into chunks 2 ripe avocados 4 tbsp olive oil … Continue reading

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Cherry Filled Crepes

This is another simple fruit filling that can be used for many different desserts. Or stuffed into crepes. For another fruit option and the basic crepes recipe go here. The sauce can be spooned over the crepes before baking, or … Continue reading

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Piscojito

This drink takes advantage of pisco, a clear brandy, to give the classic mojito a twist. Piscojito 2 oz pisco 1 oz simple syrup 1 oz lime juice 6-8 mint leaves 3 oz soda water Muddle the mint leaves with … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour Baby Eggplant

This is a great, quick and healthy way to cook baby eggplant inspired by a recipe in Curry Easy. Do not overcook or they get gummy. Sweet and Sour Baby Eggplant 5-7 baby eggplant quartered almost to the end caps … Continue reading

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Red Wine Marinade

This is my go to marinade for steaks. It can be reduced for a sauce if desired or discarded after the meat is grilled. This is enough to season two 1 1/2″ thick steaks. Red Wine Marinade 1 cup good … Continue reading

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Squash Success

The butternut squash are doing great and there’s no sign of the pest that decimated every attempt at summer squash. I guess it helps that butternut are resistant to bore bugs. I should have put the plants into cages though, … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Summer’s Bounty

We love, love, love this time of year. OK, not the heat and the bugs and the humidity, but the vegetables we find in the garden and the fresh shelled peas we can buy at the farmers market. Almost makes … Continue reading

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Zucchini Tomato Casserole

Time to start using those fresh tomatoes out of the garden. Zucchini Tomato Casserole 1 large zucchini cut in half and sliced paper thin 2 large tomatoes sliced thin 1 red onion cut into quarters and sliced paper thin 6-8 … Continue reading

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Lamb Ragout with Angel Hair Pasta

Fresh kale and grape tomatoes and ground lamb. Oh my. Angel Hair with Lamb and Kale 1/2 lb ground lamb 4 cups slivered kale leaves 10-12 grape tomatoes halved 1 summer squash diced small 4 cloves garlic minced 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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