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.

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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Watermelon Limeade

The only thing better than eating a fresh juicy watermelon is drinking it. This beverage can be served nonalcoholic or with the clear liquor of your choosing. We chose rum. To juice the watermelon, puree in a blender and then … Continue reading

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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Brie on a Bed of Potatoes

Here is another great way to stuff chicken. The bed of potatoes are not only a great side, they help collect and use any cheese that may leak from the breasts. Of course the tighter the rolls, the less cheese … Continue reading

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Grilled Peaches with Bourbon

These are so simple you might be tempted to dress them up with fresh mint or mascarpone or chopped pecans. You better do it fast because we’ll be eating them hot off the grill in the meantime. Grilled Peaches 3-4 … Continue reading

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Roasted Eggplant Caprese

This is a great appetizer or first course that depends on fresh small whole eggplant. The type straight from the garden works best. Baked Eggplant Caprese 6-8 small whole eggplant sliced in half 1 large tomato sliced into 6-8 flat … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: A Vegetarian’s Delight

With our garden and the farmers market in full swing, it’s easy to overload on veggies and fruit and leave the meat tucked neatly away in the freezer. Here are some entree-worthy meatless dishes. Stuffed Tomatoes with Corn, Red Pepper … Continue reading

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