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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.

Cornbread with Barbecue Sauce and Jalapeno

By Katherine Greg made a boatload of barbecue sauce and while finding creative places to squirrel the leftovers in the fridge said: ‘We need to find a way to use this.’ Challenge accepted. Cornbread 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup … Continue reading

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Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon

Homemade baked beans take time to cook, but they’re worth the effort and good all year round. Yes, they require hours of baking, but we’re in a state where the AC is fairly mandatory in the summer. Baked Beans with … Continue reading

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Rufus Reruns: Ravioli from Scratch

We’re in repeats this week. We’ll be back to posting new stuff soon, but in the meantime we’re turning to the highlight reel. (Two people who don’t really watch sports should probably leave the sports metaphors to those in the … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: Summer Gourmet

It’s too hot to cool down the car and drive off to a restaurant. Crank up the AC and make these dishes instead. Tomato Gorgonzola Soup Pepper-Crusted Rack of Lamb over Creamy Cannellini Beans Mint Granita  

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Rufus Reruns: Grill Master Part Two

You’re all caught up on how to smoke after reading yesterday’s tutorial right? Then let’s get to it. Pick one or more of the following: Smoked Brats Smoked Lamb Shanks Smoked Brisket with Espresso Bourbon Mop Sauce Smoked Salmon Spicy … Continue reading

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Rufus Reruns: Grill Master Part One

Ready, set, smoke! We’re reaching into our archives this week and reposting some of our old favorites. Here’s a three parter on smoking poultry. First you’ll need to truss the bird Next comes the brining And finally the smoking And … Continue reading

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Rufus Reruns: G is for Gin

Someone in this house really, really, really loves her gin. We’ll be back next week with a new cocktail. In the meantime, here are some of our gin-soaked favorites. Pink Gin The Vesper Salty Dogs The Gimlet The Tom Collins … Continue reading

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