By Katherine and Greg
We interrupt our Thanksgiving festivities for this announcement: The Rufus Guide is three years old today. We thought we’d do something simple to celebrate that mini milestone — have Greg pick his three favorite Katherine recipes and vice versa. That assignment proved a bit more difficult than we expected, particularly for Katherine. (“Rufus” still does most of the cooking in the house and is quite good at it.) So she took some liberties with the assignment as you’ll see below. She also left his family recipes like Nana’s meatball lasagna, eggplant parm, braciole, peas and pasta and spaghetti and meatballs off the list. You just can’t compete with Nana, try though you may.
Katherine’s favorite Greg recipes:
Scallops with arugula and grapefruit (originally posted May 1, 2011)
Make sure to get a bite of fish, grapefruit and arugula all together
Why I loved it: The combination of fresh tarragon and citrus. Greg has always had a way with scallops and we only have them on special occasions, particularly now that we live in a land-locked state. This was the first course for our 8th wedding-anniversary meal.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Empanadas (originally posted Feb. 15, 2013)
More sauce on mine
Why I loved it: Everything came together so well, the flaky crust, the mild but flavorful sauce, the creamy filling. Mexican food is second only to Italian in our house.
Pepper-Crusted Rack of Lamb over Creamy Cannellinis (originally posted Dec. 5, 2012)
Wham bam thank you lamb
Why I loved it: We’ve had rack of lamb on quite a few special occasions since we started the blog and I’ve loved each recipe. But the creamy beans set this one apart. What a great way to celebrate a birthday.
And my runner ups. You didn’t really expect me to stick to three did you?
Pan Fried Perch on a Bed of Creamy Greens (originally posted March 6, 2012)
You don’t need to copy those dots exactly
Why I loved it: Who but Greg could make greens look that sexy?
Salmon with a Maple Glaze (originally posted Sept. 28, 2012)
Simple, but the flavors are complex
Why I loved it: Ridiculously simple. Ridiculously good.
Greg’s favorite Katherine recipes:
Just a typical menu from my lovely wife
People usually dismiss Katherine’s cooking skills, which is really unfair to her. She is responsible for some of the most popular recipes on this blog and is the person who taught me what stuffing, grits and biscuits are supposed to taste like. Anyway here are my three favorites, which all happened to be seafood. I really miss living near an ocean.
Salmon in a Grapefruit Reduction over Kale (originally posted Jan. 12, 2013)
I lika the sushi
Why I loved it: Everything works together perfectly. The sauce is nice and tart; the greens crunchy and the salmon is seared to perfection.
Jalapeno Orange Scallops (originally posted Aug. 15, 2012)
Fish on fire, wait was that a teeny bopper book reference?
Why I loved it: The sauce is really original and I really like spicy food.
Blue Crab Dip (originally posted June 19, 2012)
Accept no substitutes
Why I loved it: Two words — blue crab.