Rufus turns one

By Katherine

My husband started this blog a year ago today, with a post on a recent trip we’d made to North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, California. Let’s just say he enjoyed himself.

I know he looks older, kids beer will age you

Greg, now aka Rufus, is wonderful at many things as anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows. He’s an amazing photographer (see below), cook and avid gardener. But he’s terrible at remembering dates. He forgets his own birthday — no that’s not an exaggeration. The 4-13-03 engraving on his wedding band is my not so subtle way to ensure he never misses our anniversary. So I’m taking the reins today to mark the blog’s one-year anniversary. Mainly I’d like to say thank you to the many readers we hear from on a regular basis.

Thank you for coming into our kitchen:

Not quite John Deere green, but close

Thank you for following along on our journeys:

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Notting Hill

Watkins Glen, New York

Thank you for not chastising us when we eat this for breakfast:

Or this:

Thank you to the fellow bloggers who inspire us to make things like this:

Inspired by Two Spoons

Or this:

Chef Pandita's cupcakes

Or this:

The cake that isn't as pretty as the one on Things We Make

Thanks for offering the best advice and the sincerest of condolences when this happens to the garden:

Thank you for stopping by for cocktails:

Or maybe just lemonade:

And dessert:

Chocolate pudding, err zabaglione

Thanks for laughing along when things didn’t quite work out:

Our $78 broiled macaroons

Or were more painful than expected:

Beware the side effects of fig juice

Thanks for the comments and the suggestions, the birthday wishes and the jokes. Thanks for trying our recipes. Thanks for the laughs and the stories, the awards, the links and the discreet e-mails alerting us to a misspelling. Thanks for making this so fun.

Thanks for reading.

A gratuitous grill shot for Greg

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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190 Responses to Rufus turns one

  1. Chef Scar says:

    Great shots! Congratulations on one year of successful blogging and many thanks for the hours of enjoyment! Rich

  2. BrainRants says:

    Of all the foodie blogs here I like yours best. Great blend of basic recipe, technique and a little background. Also, your food is awesome, and by the way your kitchen has a great floor plan though yes, I’d change the overall color scheme.

    Thanks for what you do online. It is awesomesauce.

  3. Happy Blogaversary! Lookin’ good for one year.

  4. easybaked says:

    YAY!!!! Congratulations on your one year!!! I LOVE your blog and you feel like friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Congrats on 1 year! What an amzing accomplishment. I read your blog through my email and especially enjoy my Wednesday evening emails (the cocktails). I am usually just wrapping up writing my Thursday cocktail post as I get your email.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. A_Boleyn says:

    Thanks for the retrospective. I’m a recent subscriber and expect to be around when you celebrate your 2nd anniversary. Greg looks like a kid to these 55 yr old eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Happy 1st Birthday! I’m so happy to have found your blog. Thanks for the inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. nrhatch says:

    This is one of my favorite blogs in the blogosphere. You and Greg entertain us with great stories and entice us with delicious dishes.

    Happy Anniversary . . . On with the dance!

  9. Congrats on your first anniversary. We hope that you have many more.

  10. Yuri says:

    Happy Blogiversary! You and Greg are awesome people and I’m glad we’re connected ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this blog and enjoy reading your posts. Panda hugs ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. rutheh says:

    You inspire many with your enticing photos, delicious recipes and excellent writing about great food and drink. Happy First Anniversary! What a team. Looking forward to following your food and spirits posts in the years to come. Congratulations.

  12. Congratulation! here is to many many more years of wonderful recipe, stunning pictures, great stories and one of the best blogs I have ever came across.
    Coming here is a true pleasure..thank you guys for all the effort and the love you put into this blog

  13. cheers to your first anniversary! and of course, you celebrate the occasion with yet another stellar blog post. thanks again for the lighthearted stories and the foodie inspiration!

    ps – thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to roasted fennel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Yay! Happy one year guys. Keep doing what you are doing, as we all love it.

  15. rsmacaalay says:

    Happy Anniversary! Definitely you had entertained a lot of us with your recipes (specially the twists of alcohol), gardening and kitchen tips.

  16. Wonderful post, Katherine! Congrats to you and Greg on a great year of blogging. Looking forward to many more!

  17. What more can I add to the well deserved comments above – congratulations, you have a very beautiful and entertaining blog and I love the way you work together on posts. Keep up the wonderful work and hereยดs to the next year of amazing cocktails, recipes, trips and adventures in the garden…canยดt wait to see what youยดll do!

  18. Congratulations on being one!

  19. ChgoJohn says:

    Heartfelt congratulations! Considering the range and quality of your posts, one would think you’ve been doing this for years. Cent’ anni!

  20. Awww, this is such a wonderful post. Congrats for how far you’ve come with the blog, looking forward for the many years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Happy 1st Blogoversary! What an incredible first year it has been! I am looking forward to being around for the next year.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

  22. Many happy returns of the day. looking forward to the next year of gardening, eating and drinking and general merry making. Oh, and the first photo is just TOO funny! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Rachel says:

    Happy Anniversary! Now Greg has a way to remember the date:) May my blog one day have such loyal and encouraging fans.

  24. Congratulations on one year. What a well deserved run! The lemonade picture/pitcher was among my favorites. My family thanks you for inspiring me to try biscotti, crab cakes, turkey tetrazzini, cranberry raspberry sauce, green bean casserole without those dried onion rings, and more. Thank you for being such wonderful, encouraging hosts.

  25. niasunset says:

    Congratulations dear Katherine and dear Rufus. You are both in my life since I have met with your beautiful blog. It was always so inspirational and fascinating your posts… I am so glad to meet with you both. And million thanks for all your sharings with us. And now, I can see dear Rufus in my mind with his smiling face too ๐Ÿ™‚ My Best wishes for you both and also for your blog, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  26. Congrats! Hope you get as much enjoyment out of creating for this blog as we all do reading it!

  27. pcadams says:

    Happy Blogday! May you have many more…

    Peace, Phil

  28. Happy First Anniversary to your blog! You are always such an inspiration to me when “the blogging gets rough” – I don’t know how you do it! Keep up the great work!

  29. Holly says:

    Wow, I thought you must have been doing this so so much longer than a year! Incredible work in a year, you are a one stop food inspiration. You combine a perfect anecdote, picture, recipe combo that really gets us readers inspired every day! Love it xx

  30. Colline says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I look forward to reading the posts that pop into my email account every week. Congratulations on a job well done.

  31. Sissi says:

    Happy anniversary! You have done an amazing job this year (even though I don’t follow you from the beginning, which I sincerely regret). You have been my inspiration for cocktails, my encyclopedia of Southern American cuisine (not to mention Italian and other ethnic recipes I am always surprised to find here) and the source of my daily laugh while reading your hilarious posts. It is always a pleasure to come back. Thank you for being there and congratulations!

  32. Happy anniversary! You’ve made a great place for yourselves and for the rest of us to enjoy over here :).

  33. spicegirlfla says:

    Congratulations! Wow, I thought you’ve been around for longer than a year! I truly enjoy your daily posts (which always amaze me…that’s alot of work!) BTW, your blog began on my bday! Imagine that, I know we have some past connections somewhere!!

  34. Sandra says:

    I love your blog and your recipes…..don’t stop. Looking forward to lots more.

  35. Karen says:

    Congratulations on your birthday. It is always a pleasure to read your posts.

  36. Sara says:

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s been fun to be here (sort of) from the beginning-ish. Or at least for most of it!

  37. G-LO says:

    Congrats! Looking forward to year two. Keep up the good work!


  38. Carol Ann says:

    Congratulations I am so glad Luanne sent me your blog I have enjoyed every reading Please keep it up and best wishes for many many more years.

  39. Robin says:

    Wonderful selection of photos and posts to commemorate the year. Happy Blog Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. wok with ray says:

    Happy blog anniversary, Greg! And thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes especially the drinks (oh yeah)! I may not comment all the time (lack of English words), but I do visit and always enjoyed your writing. Well, my friend enjoy the anniversary because many more will come. Congratulations and wish you more Success!

    ~ ray ~

  41. k.m. says:

    Congratulations on one year! Here’s to many more posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Happy Anniversary!
    Here’s to another year of great recipes, awesome pictures and wonderful stories!
    Thank you for sharing!

  43. I remember that first photo! I’ve happily followed you along and enjoyed your stories… One of my friends asked me who “Rufus” was:) it’s a distinctive blog name! It was nice looking through your year of memories… a toast to many more!

  44. Kelly says:

    Oh, what a beautiful post Katherine… I loved revisiting with you. A hearty congratulations to Rufus on his first year Blogging Anniversary – I know there will be many more to come!!

  45. egg me on says:

    Happy Anniversary (um, Birthday?) guys!! It’s a great blog with such a friendly / heart-warming / genuine vibe with awesomely tasty recipes. You’re an inspiration to us all. Here’s to many (many) more years of success!

  46. (drum rolllllllllllllll!) Congratulations to one of my favorite bloggers for being so “on it” all year. I have enjoyed your posts so much and look forward to another year peeking inside your life.

  47. Laura says:

    Happy 1st Bloggiversary Rufus and Katherine! I just love your blog- from the pictures to the recipes to the anecdotes- and look forward to year two of culinary inspiration! Thank you!

  48. Courtney says:

    Happy one year bloggaversary!!! That is just awesome. Can’t wait to see what you have up next. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Happy Birthday! May your second year be as wonderful as your first.

  50. Amy says:

    Aw, I love this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Blog-iversary!!!

  51. Congrats guys!!! I always enjoy coming back an reading about your travels, gardening and food! Keep up the good work!

  52. Michelle says:

    Many happy returns!

  53. afrankangle says:

    Congratulations. I know I’m fairly new here, but the images above is a good reminder of the treasures that anyone can find here. The KY Bourbon Trail image brought I smile as I just made my first visit there this year … after living 35 years in Cincinnati with the trail being 2-3 hours away!

  54. Dara says:

    Congrats on your blog birthday! Keep up the good work. I am so inspired by your gardening, I may have to try next spring for myself.

  55. Happy Anniversary to your wonderful blog!!

  56. Happy anniversary! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog every step of the way. Keep up the great work!

  57. Mama Lisa says:

    Happy Anniversary, you two. (I still remember when Katherine mentioned the cute new intern in the photo department – and now look at what you’ve churned out.)

  58. Stef says:

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! Thanks for keeping things fun *and* informative – I enjoy following your adventures, and sometimes following your lead. Kudos to you Rufus! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  59. sallybr says:

    Happy First Bloggiversary!
    How cool, I somehow thought your blog was older than that – I guess for blogs that means a compliment, right? If someone would tell me I look older than 51 (don’t you dare!) I’d trow a fit.

    Here’s a virtual toast to many many MANY more years of Rufus!

  60. Carolyn Chan says:

    Congratulations Greg and Katherine on your one year anniversary to your blog ! I’ve loved reading it and have learned soooo much from your trials and adventures. Keep it up !

  61. peasepudding says:

    Happy 1st blogiversary, I celebrate my 3rd this week too.

  62. Congrats! I’m still jealous of your brightly colored kitchen!

  63. Kristy says:

    Congratulations Greg and Katherine!!!! You guys are amazing and I know that my kitchen has certainly become a tastier place to be having found your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s wishing you many more years of delicious recipes and adventures. You guys are great and Mike and I are happy to “know” you. Cheers!

  64. I am a bit late and I do apologize for that guys :).. BUT I have enjoyed being apart of your blog and I have watched it grow into this amazing place to be and read wonderful recipes. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and I can’t wait for more wonderful recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Charles says:

    Congratulations Greg and Katherine – great round-up for a year in cyberspace! Can’t believe your blog is younger than mine? I always thought yours had been around way long ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’ve been enjoying following your adventures… culinary and otherwise – always a pleasure! Long may they continue ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Kiki says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Hope you’ll keep on having fun doing this! I really like that you both contribute to this blog. And after ages of manually calling up your blog, I finally managed to click the “subscribe” button…

  67. Congratulations! It’s amazing how many wonderful dishes, stories, recipes, and memories you have created for so many people in the last year. Awesome job. It’s always a pleasure to see the photos and beautifully presented dishes in my Inbox and on occasion fun to try and replicate them. Thanks for all the time and effort you’ve spent to share your talents!

  68. zestybeandog says:

    Happy Anniversary! You have a great blog! I enjoy every bit of it! AND I love your kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚ The green is great!

  69. ChefDad says:

    Thanks Greg and Katherine for all your pictures, recipes, and stories–we’ve had so much fun following along!

  70. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I do so enjoy your blog!

  71. pursuitofhappieness says:

    Congrats! It’s been nothing short of an absolute pleasure to read you so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy Anniversary Greg and Katharine. I love your stories and your funny little quips beneath the photos. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you both; I had no idea how fulfilling blogging can be before I met you guys. Thank you to you too!

  73. Joanne says:

    YAY Happy blog birthday!!!! Didn’t realize we started blogs at such close times. I love reading your blog and love each of your posts, and think it’s just the cutest that both of you write on here. YAY!!!!

  74. Caroline says:

    Has it really only been one year?? I would have never guessed, but congratulations Greg and Katherine! Such a great accomplishment. I’m so glad to have found your blog, I always enjoy your delicious recipes, fantastic photos, and most of all, the snarky comments. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But honestly, my mom might enjoy them even more. She loves to read the comments on my posts and always brings up your clever ones, haha.

  75. Apologies for being late to the party, but I’m just catching up on my Reader from having the family in town for the holiday.

    Congratulations on reaching the one year mark! Liz and I look forward to reading your guys’ future adventures in travel, food, and drink. Cheers!

  76. Congratulations and happy anniversary! I thoroughly enjoy coming here to drool over your food and read Katherine’s beautiful and witty posts. Not to say you aren’t witty Greg…not tryin’ to start anything. Have a great week!

  77. Congrats on 1 year! I love the detailed pictures and account of all that has happened in one year ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely kitchen, too!

  78. Congratulations on your anniversary! That kitchen makes me think of my dear departed mother every time I see it. She never had any colors that I can remember but green and yellow in her kitchen and yours is lovely. She would die for your kitchen all over again! I hope you have many more great years.

  79. seabeegirl says:

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! Even though I found your blog only a short time ago, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am slowly working back through the old posts. You two work so well together! I have especially enjoyed your beautiful, sometimes funny, pictures and the little peeks into your travels and culinary adventures. You both have awesome taste, in more ways than one! (By the way, keep those cocktails coming!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  80. randommanda says:

    Happy 1st year in blogging!! What an accomplishment and it’s obvious that you’re both loved for your witty posts, beautiful pictures and awesome recipes (I’ve recreated a few in my kitchen, although it doesn’t look as cool as your lime green one). Thanks for giving us good reading and good food!

  81. nancyc says:

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary, and thanks for sharing so many great recipes!

  82. Congratulations on your first year. I’m looking forward to the next one already.

  83. Christina says:

    Happy First Anniversary to your blog! I would have sworn you have been doing it longer than a year! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Gina Marie says:

    Happy one year! Isn’t it so exciting? I wish you many more years.

  85. Yay for Bloggaversaries! Happy 1st year you guys! I love that your blog is like ours…a mix of the good, the bad (when things go wrong) and the random. Your comments always make me smile too ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know how you manage to post so often though…you must have a head so full of ideas just bursting to get out! Looking forward to the next year of creative posts.

  86. Happy Belated Anniversary!! How many comments? You’re a legend, Rufus sends his love too, he enjoys reading as much as I do. Thanks for always keeping it real hombre!! xx

  87. SimpleP says:

    Only one year old? I thought Rufus was much older than that! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve certainly succeeded in creating an amazing blog with a hefty crew of followers. Great job! Looking forward to the years ahead.

  88. lovelaughmirch says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Congrats on all the wonderful posts over the last year. Looking forward to reading more =)

  89. congrats on a great year! keep the posts comin’!

  90. Mel says:

    Lookin’ young as ever – Happy 1st birthday to Greg’s (and now Katherine’s too) blog! I love reading every post. Celebrating the amazing food, crazy mishaps, everything – here’s to many more adventures to come!

  91. pixilated2 says:

    How I wish you’d added links back to the stories you referenced in your photos above! ~ Lynda

  92. pixilated2 says:

    OHMYGOODNESS!!! And congratulations on a full year of great things to eat and lovely photographs too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ L

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