Seven Links (and then some) Challenge

Raymund over at Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for “It’s Delicious”), Sissi over at with a glass, and Yummy Chunklet recently invited us to participate in the seven links challenge. We are not accepting this challenge. OK, we are, but we’re throwing out the rulebook.

For starters, we’re far too immodest to just list seven links. Also, there was some disagreement between the two of us on what constituted “beautiful.” Katherine wanted pictures like this chocolate one or this other chocolate one. I was more about the meat and potatoes and more meat. Note to self, you need to post more potato recipes.

I’m supposed to name five bloggers to send the challenge to. We read so many great food blogs, so I’m picking some bloggers from other areas, who post everything from cool photography, cute dog pictures, movie reviews and yes recipes. They are:

Now to the challenge…

The Most Beautiful Post: I let Katherine pick these. Her picks, she’s my wife you couldn’t expect her to select just one of my photos, are the mushroom spread from this tapas post; tomato pie and on the spirits side the crimson cosmo and for you nondrinkers, rosemary-infused lemonade. Hey look, we’re already past seven links!

She loved the photo, but thought I used too many anchovies.

Garden tomatoes, is there anything prettier?

Remove rosemary before pouring

This mirror has seen better days

The Most Popular Post: At press time it was too close to call, but people really like these lemon bars from the Los Angeles Times and Katherine’s limoncello tiramisu. Neck and neck.

They are like pie on a cookie

That is one good looking bite

The Most Helpful Post: Fillet a Fish. This may one day be in textbooks. It’s also BabyGirl’s (over at Pure Complex) all time favorite post.

The last cut

The Post That Was Surprisingly Successful: Me braiding garlic. Who’d have thunk it?

I could've been a hairdresser

The Most Controversial Post: Oddly enough, also me braiding garlic. I received the following letter from the Southerners Against Perpetuating Stereotypes, aka SAPS:

Mr. Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide:

It has come to our attention that you were recently pictured on your wildly popular food blog braiding garlic on a hot summer day — barefoot. If you’re going to perpetuate a Southern stereotype, we say go whole hog. What is that a compact car? Why does your shirt have sleeves? There is no iced tea, no pickup truck and your dogs are nowhere in sight. You can do better.


The Arkansas SAPS Chapter

Enclosed with the letter was a pair of overalls. They were too big. Editor’s Note: I highly suspect Katherine wrote this letter.

Iced tea not pictured

The runner up for the most controversial post, Katherine’s burgers with sun-dried tomato paste, goat cheese and fresh herbs— not because they called for veal. Nope, one of Katherine’s Facebook friends said “they look dry.” OK, maybe that only stirred controversy here.

I swear I'm moist and delicious

The Post(s) That Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: Speaking of Southerners, guess they’re the only ones that care for grits. Perhaps, bloody Marys just aren’t pretty enough. But they’re such a classic!

Have I mentioned Katherine's obsession with roosters?

So many vegetables make it a health drink, right?

The Post I am Most Proud Of: I made this!

Never buying store brand pastrami again

Categories we completely made up:

The hurry up fall picture:

Slap a Campbell's label on the side and call it modern art.

The thank you readers for not making silly jokes, for the most part, about the size of our zucchini picture:

Goat cheese rules

Ditto for our braciole:

Rolled up and yummy

The one of umpteen zillion ways to photograph jam picture:

It will stick if you forget to stir all the time

Here’s another shot of my manly hands, this time tending my arugula:

Maybe make a mini bouquet

And by big honking grill:

Thanks again, Raymund, Sissi and Yummy Chunklet!

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.
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89 Responses to Seven Links (and then some) Challenge

  1. Yuri says:

    I’ve missed coming here to visit you and Katherine. Great roundup of photos/recipes, does Katherine do all the photographs or do you help too?

  2. Leah says:

    Live, Bark, Love is one of my favorites too!

  3. JamieAnne says:

    Awesome round-up! Some of these posts were pre-me finding your blog. I will have to go back and investigate.


  4. Kristy says:

    Great post! I loved all of the photos – my favorite is the martini on the mirror. Very cool. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the letter from SAPS!!!!! LOL! Good stuff Greg!

  5. Ruth says:

    Love your choices and photographs and am inspired to be part of the challenge. I accept with pleasure. Post already scheduled for midnight but now I have something to dream about and work on tomorrow.

    Tell Katherine about my SIL2B’s sister’s blog-
    Kim wrote all about getting chicks in the mail and now they are in the freezer. Raising pigs too. Putting food by…

  6. You’ve done a good job. Nice selection. The grill reminds of the menacing black truck in Steven Spielberg’s early movie “Duel” – very funky.

  7. You remembered I loved your Filet a fish post!!! I LOVE that post.. seriously. I can’t wait to do mine but I can’t until after Creative Week. Those lemon bars were another great post.. delish.

    • You’re on our list in spirit. I know you’ve been busy and were already nominated so I didn’t want you to be under the gun. Yes, I remember you liked the fish one. Wasn’t it your dad or another relative who did that when you were young?

      • My dad and my grandfather.. they would catch the fish at 5 am in the morning, scale and gut the fish, then filet it. Seriously, I have to show that post to my mom. She’s addicted to several of the blogs I’ve been showing her.. including yours lol. Soon she’s gonna start commenting.. that will be sooo embarrassing lol.

      • I’m sure she won’t embarrass you…. too badly!

  8. What a great round up of your 7 links!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  9. I love your round up of recipes. I can’t wait to try the lemon bar recipe, yum! You guys take beautiful photo’s and have great recipes that I constantly drool over! BTW, the letter was cute!

  10. You two are a riot! I loved reading this and reliving all these fabulous pictures!

  11. OK, now I have grill envy.
    I have yet to find a bloody mary I would like… I am going to try yours… :o)… I so want to like them… I love tomatoes, so I have no idea where am I going wrong?!

  12. Wonderful! I’m gonna have to go back through the ones that pre-date me finding your blog – oh, wait! I mean, YOU finding MY winter carrots, and leading me here…

    Maybe the overalls from SAPS were too big because you’re expected to – ahem – ‘fill out’ that other old Southern stereotype: Dunlap’s Disease.

    That’s when your belly’s dun lapped-over your waistband, ya know…

    Thanks for all the great food, and great laughs!

  13. I still remember the rosemary-infused lemonade picture. Beautiful and refreshing. Nice recap.

  14. fatisrecipes says:

    This post is awesome. But why are you throwing out the rule books? You got this three times… so you deserve to put up 21 links, not 7…. see…no need to throw out the rulllleesss!! πŸ˜‰

  15. OMG! I was laughing so hard at the Arkansas SAPS Chapter letter that I woke up my boyfriend who was sleeping next to me. Hilarious! Thanks for participating, and I like that you eschewed the rules. These are great posts!

  16. Very, very funny! So glad I got to see some of the posts which I hadnΒ΄t yet discovered….am off to hunt out some vodka and vanilla pods… πŸ˜‰

  17. Judy says:

    Here I am down in the comments section still swooning over the limoncello tiramisu … wow, that looks good!

  18. ambrosiana says:

    I could not finish reading your post without laughing so much!!! !!!! Very funny…and creative!!!

  19. I vote with you on the potatoes for most beautiful! And I make your Rosemary Lemonade about once a week! It’s still as delicious as the first time! You have a wonderful blog and I always enjoy it tremendously! Kudos!

  20. For the record….this is a great thing to do. It brings awareness to posts that some of us may have missed, or didn’t originally find interest in. I’m still waiting on the right time to pull my garlic. But, only a few of each leaves on a bunch are brown. I guess I still have more time. *sigh* This is not conducive to a life on the go. πŸ™‚

  21. Sissi says:

    I would have never thought anyone could make such a fascinating post out of the 7 links challenge! It’s like a quintessence of what I love in your blog. You are, as always, funny, but the controversial post bit is hilarious! I just can’t stop smiling even after I finished reading. The beautiful photos you have chosen are really a pleasure to look at. You reminded me I still have to prepare so many of your recipes… I also remember grits are still a Southern mystery to me… Adding categories was an excellent idea. Your grill makes me think of an old locomotive πŸ˜‰ I would love to have one like this. Thank you for accepting to play the game! I had great fun reading this post.

  22. HAHAHA! One of the reasons I love reading this blog so much. Definitely try for the overalls next recipe. Preferably a recipe involving corn or epic amounts of mayonnaise. I think that would help =)

  23. This has to be the best 7 links post I have read!
    Great job as always Greg and Katherine
    Some of these recipes were before the time I started following your blog..can’t wait to check them out and to check out the new blog on your list

  24. Wow, so much stuff to catch up on! And your grill totally looks like a steam train, that’s excessive!!

  25. Charles says:

    *Great* selection Greg – I remember those posts well – Those burgers totally don’t look dry, what the hell? Nice to see the garlic braiding picture again – it’s a fabulous picture – makes me feel very “zen” just looking at you to be honest πŸ™‚

  26. nrhatch says:

    WOW! That’s some collection of gorgeous photos and I love, love, love the letter from SAPS. Too funny. I shall put on my thinking cap and see if I can scrounge around for beautiful and helpful posts on Spirit Lights The Way . . . I know I can find some controversial posts. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for thinking of me.

  27. ChgoJohn says:

    Looking over this post again, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not a photography blog, that the pics accompany some really great dishes. And all of it done with humor. I really enjoy coming here each day. Thank you for that.

  28. Ginger says:

    Great post, you are super funny! I love all of your posts, that must have been very hard for you to figure out what was what! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  29. rsmacaalay says:

    First of all your welcome, you have a lot of amazing posts there, I guess I nearly read half fo them.
    Specially your how to’s they are real helpful.

  30. What a great selection. I’ve read half of them, and will enjoy going over the rest. I still think of that Limoncello Tiramisu…. it whispers to me.

  31. I really enjoyed reading this post as it allowed me to see your previous posts (seeing I’m new here). So glad you broke the rules, and played outside the box!

  32. Holly says:

    Greg this is such a wonderful post. You have tended and grown a wonderful blog

  33. That Rosemary Lemonade and the Pastrami both are calling out to me. This was a great idea. I enjoy all your posts always.

  34. jenngodwin says:

    Everything looks soooo yummy – but my eye is on that bloody mary concoction. Ah, to live as vibrantly as your food photos do!

  35. spicegirlfla says:

    You two are really awsome! This round up of posts just confirms how great your blog is! And I see I have missed a few recipes along the way!

  36. SimpleP says:

    Really enjoyed those. I think a coffee table book is in order…or perhaps a e-cookbook πŸ™‚

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  38. eva626 says:

    i knew you braiding the garlic pic was gona be here!!!

    this was the best post ever! lol

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  40. Awesome! Thanks for including me in the challenge and sorry for belatedly chiming in. I have/am traveling all over the place (ie limited time to commit to checking out what is going on in the world). When I have a moment, the wife and I will answer the challenge!

  41. Kelly says:

    Brilliant. Loved reading this (and particularly the SAPS letter and the dry burger stirring controversy at home – hilarious!!)

  42. ceciliag says:

    wow. i am gobsmacked. i need to go back and look at all that all over again! i want to find the pastrami recipe! c

  43. I loved reading through this. It brought back memories of all the posts that I so enjoyed reading before : ) You had me laughing…and running for the frig as I always end up hungry here. : )

  44. Caroline says:

    This is so awesome, I love the idea of the seven link challenge. Btw, thanks a lot for causing me to drool over all of these delicious photos/recipes yet again. Worth it. That’s hilarious someone wrote you a note about the garlic braiding. Who knew it’d cause such a ruckus!?

  45. niasunset says:

    This is great post, I agree with them. You are both amazing, I love your blog, and really I understand now, how I miss your posts… Delicious, beautiful and inspirational too. And photographs are amazing. Thank you, for you both. With my love, nia

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