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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.

Caponata

This is a classic Sicilian appetizer that works well hot or cold. Serve it over polenta or with toasted bread. Caponata 1 1/2 lbs eggplant partially peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes 1 large rib celery diced fine 1 onion … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: The Summer Salad Edition

Young Wifey gave us this idea when she did a roundup on all of her favorite summer salads. Each one looked fantastic. Since we’re still in picnic and cookout season, we thought we’d share our favorite summer salads too. We … Continue reading

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Warm Figs and Prosciutto

This isn’t really a recipe. For us it was an epiphany. We’ve baked figs, caramelized them, wrapped them in phyllo, cooked them into jam, served them over ice cream, stuffed them with chocolate, grilled them, plopped them in drinks, served … Continue reading

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Peach Butter

Here is a great way to use some of those really fresh ripe peaches sitting on the counter. Go here for how to can jams. Peach Butter 5 lbs peaches skinned and cut into small chunks 2 cups sugar 1/2 … Continue reading

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Watermelon and Wine Spritzers

We bought a new variety of watermelon (orange!) at the farmers market. We hated it. We bought a new white wine at the liquor store. We hated it. We put them together to create a new drink. We loved it. … Continue reading

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Oven Roasted Chanterelle Mushrooms

This is a very simple recipe that requires really high-quality whole fresh mushrooms. Roast Mushrooms 1 lb chanterelle mushrooms washed and patted dry 6 cloves garlic sliced thin 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme Olive oil Salt/pepper In a large baking … Continue reading

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Keen on Peaches

Last year we barely saw any peaches worth buying, which is a crying shame considering how far south we live. (We buy ours from local farmers, but we’re aware some fruit has been subject to recall.) We’re having fun eating … Continue reading

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A Saucy Bit of Remoulade

This is an easy sauce to make and goes great over all sorts of fish — especially leftover fried catfish — with fresh tomatoes and shredded lettuce on a whole-wheat hoagie roll. (We’re not posting the recipe for a Po’ … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: An Italian Summer

We wish we could spend some time in Italy this summer, but we’ll have to settle for cooking up an Italian feast instead. Fried Sage Leaves Eggplant Parmesan Or if you prefer something a little lighter Stuffed Eggplant Chocolate Figs … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen

Our kitchen in the summer is a pretty place and a pretty busy one too. Fresh ingredients abound and we tend to splurge at the farmers market. Here’s a look at our kitchen in August. The peaches in the bowl … Continue reading

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