Our most insightful post ever… or not

This Christmas present showed up early, like 50 years ago

Cityhippyfarmgirl, we love her site!, recently tagged us to answer some questions. The hardest one was saying which fellow blogger we’d like to break bread with because we’ve met so many great cooks in the last year. Since there are two of us we both answered. One of us is clearly a bit more long-winded…
CHFG, she loves when we call her that, included some lovely shots from her kitchen. We did a post on our kitchen a while back and we’re fresh out of fun new things to snap pictures of, except this vintage scale that Katherine found at an antique store. So let the questions commence.
1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
Greg: This is so boring, but a desire to have some social media experience on the old resume and to have a creative outlet.
Katherine: While Greg started the blog, I joined in later for a few reasons, one someone needed to post desserts, two he likes to have something posted every day so an extra person is useful and three, someone has to schedule it all and say things like you need to make this “for our readers”… “what’s this week’s cocktail post?”
2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
Greg: My mother.
Katherine: Greg. (If you’re looking for famous people, we both love Lidia Bastianich.)
3. Your greasiest, batter – splattered food/drink book is?
Greg: The green journal of family recipes my mom started for me in college and Katherine and I have added to.
Katherine: Better Homes & Gardens. I can’t find half the recipes in our green book without asking Greg. It’s great, but encrypted.
4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Greg: A meal we had our last night in Melbourne, where we celebrated our fifth anniversary. The wine list was quite good, so good Katherine doesn’t remember the excellent cheese plate we had for dessert. The calamari was huge and still tender, not fried, and the lamb was amazing.
Katherine: On our honeymoon, we went to a cafe on the Venetian island of Burano and sat outside. We were clearly honeymooners and the maitre d’ asked if he could suggest a meal. Greg and I exchanged a knowing look, shrugged our shoulders and said what the heck. I don’t even remember all the courses. One was crab meat, tomatoes and olive oil stuffed into a crab shell. There was fish in parchment, risotto and these wonderful cookies we dunked in vin santo. When the bill came Greg started laughing. It was the most expensive meal we’d had, and would for many, many years, and worth every euro. When the waiter took our credit card, he asked if we wanted to drink some limoncello and look at his mother’s art work. Greg and I jumped at the chance, not just for the experience but because we figured we’d definitely already paid for it.
For the record, that cheese plate in Melbourne had an amazing fig preserves, probably better than Greg’s!
5. Another food blogger’s table you’d like to eat at is?
Greg: Can the table be in Chica Andaluza‘s olive grove?
Katherine: In the summer at from the Bartolini Kitchens. In the winter, at Savoring Every Bite.
6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
Greg: A sausage stuffer. My KitchenAid attachment broke.
Katherine: We really don’t need much, but if I had to choose, a candy thermometer for me, or an instant-read one for Greg.
7. Who taught you how to cook?
Greg: My mother.
Katherine: Greg, although my parents taught me some tricks too. Also, there are two things I showed Greg how to make, iced tea and cornbread stuffing.
8. I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?
Greg: Lately, I’ve been cooking a lot of lamb. Katherine says I should answer with risotto, but that’s so easy…
Katherine: Oh my, I don’t really have one and I’d really let Greg handle the main course anyway. Each year I come up with a new way to make Greg steak and potatoes for his birthday, which should give me points for inventiveness. Oh and I make a wonderful traditional tiramisu with a homemade torte, but it’s from a cookbook.
9. What is your guilty food pleasure?
Greg: Utz potato chips
Katherine: Chocolate, oh wait cheese. Can I say both?
10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
Greg: I’m an avid record collector.
Katherine: I like Harry Potter and Dr. Who.
We’re supposed to tag five other bloggers, but since we’ve already unfairly singled out three to eat dinner with, we’re opening it up to anyone who wants to play. Cecilia, we are going to say we definitely want to see your answers, not to pick on you out or anything.
This concept was started by Not Just Any Old Baking.

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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68 Responses to Our most insightful post ever… or not

  1. Yvette says:

    Great answers and a wonderful Sunday’s afternoon read! Your honeymoon dinner in Venice sounds wonderful…x

  2. eva626 says:

    chips and chocolate!? you guys make a great couple LOL

  3. BrainRants says:

    This post makes me wish I’d done more recipes on my site. This is an awesome glimpse into you two’s world. Thank you, from a fellow (albeit amateur) foodie.

  4. Limoncello and the waiter’s mother’s artwork…what a memory. Thank you all for all the great reads and great recipes. So glad we crossed paths.

  5. joshuafagans says:

    Sniff, trying not to be hurt that you didn’t pick my table! 😉 Fun entry!

  6. Great post. I am surprised that Greg didn’t already know how to make cornbread stuffing. And I just knew he wanted that Sausage stuffer attachment lol. And I love chocolate and Harry Potter too Katherine 🙂

    • Katherine says:

      Hey Kay, you know it’s funny most of the traditions we have food wise are from his family. But on our first Thanksgiving together when he started talking about pumpernickel or sourdough bread cubes, I just would have none of it. As for the tea, he was making this super weak sun tea. I was like give me a pot and some Lipton.

  7. Great questions and answers – cool that both of you participated! I look forward to reading C’s answers.
    🙂 Mandy

  8. I loved reading your post..knowing more about you guys always puts a smile on face…Thank you for sharing

  9. Raymund says:

    Nice to know this from you guys, I hope I will learn this from your dining table as I will love to have that lamb leg you posted before

  10. Great post..and quite tough to answer some of them! Best meal ever? That´s a tough one.. Thanks for mentioning my little olive grove. The trestle tables are being dusted down, the chickens are wondering what´s going on…let´s eat!

  11. Wonderful post you two!

    I knew one of you was a sci-fi/fantasy fan, but always figured it was Greg…go, fellow geeky-girl!

    P.S. I’ll bet if you went back to that place in Venice tomorrow, the same waiter would be there AND he’d remember you…

    • The waiter told us he wished we’d have 12 children, all boys.

    • Katherine says:

      It’s so funny, we’ve been watching the old Dr. Who and I can’t stand it. I don’t remember watching it growing up even though it was on in the 80s. Greg does and loves it. I also hate most fantasy stuff, like Lord of the Rings. But the new Dr. Who, I can’t get enough of. For awhile, when Greg and I went to the Harry Potter movies, we were really out of place. We were in our 20s surrounded by kids and older adults. Now it seems like they’ve almost caught up, almost. First it was 12 year olds, then it was college students, seemed to happen overnight!

  12. niasunset says:

    Wonderful, I enjoyed to read your answers… Thank you, with my love, nia

  13. ceciliag says:

    Oh darlings! how kind!!! Is the pot cupboard clucking yet?..I will see what I can do! Oh and can I come to the olive grove too? c

  14. Stef says:

    I love learning more about the authors behind the blog; thanks for sharing your answers with us!

  15. What a great post, I love learning about you both! Your dinner in Venice sounds amazing, I’d love to go back one day – we were only there for 1.5 days and I was down with a stomach thing for 1/2 of our full day! Thanks for sharing, Katherine and Greg.

  16. Kristy says:

    What a fun read! Your meal in Venice sounds amazing!!!! 🙂

  17. nrhatch says:

    Thanks for sharing . . . I share your “gulity” food pleasures. 😀

  18. Joanne says:

    Pete and I are planning to go to Venice in a few months, I’m SOOO excited! That meal sounds great. I’ve been wanting to try this Vin Santo that I keep hearing about too. If you have any tips or recommendations about Venice let me know!

    • It’s been 8 years, but here goes. Don’t order pizza, I know sounds awful you’re in Italy, but trust us on this. Paninis are safe wherever you go. Don’t stay on Murano or Burano, but visit there and the cemetery island. We stayed on Murano and everything closed by 6 p.m. Get used to navigating by landmarks and campos, none of the streets are well marked. You will get lost. Make sure to get a public water taxi and remember the public water taxi from the airport takes different tickets. We didn’t know that, thought we were good and almost got kicked off at 5 a.m. on our way back to the airport. An Israeli and fellow American came to our aid. Get recommendations on where to eat, a lot of places cater to tourists and think we have no taste. Buy some blown glass, a crazy mask and watch out for the pigeons in Saint Mark’s piazza. Oh and when the vendors insist on cash, just leave, they’ll all of a sudden remember they have credit card machines. Drink lots of grappa and limoncello, but not before getting on a boat. Also, try to see the market at the Rialto bridge, we missed it. If you go to Harry’s Bar, don’t actually buy anything, just snigger at the Americans paying too much for bellinis and go somewhere else. Oh and hit up a grocery store before you leave. And wear good shoes!

  19. You guys are awesome! So much fun….

    “The wine list was quite good, so good Katherine doesn’t remember the excellent cheese plate we had for dessert.” hee-hee….!

  20. Holly says:

    I love these kind of posts. Great insight.
    Venice is extraordinarily expensive; I’m hardly surprised it has been one of your most expensive meals!
    But hey, the Prosecco in the back streets is cheap!

  21. ChgoJohn says:

    Great Venice tips, especially Harry’s Bar. I’m truly honored that you’d consider dining here but, I must warn you, we wouldn’t be dining here in Chi-town. We’d head straight to Michigan, to the Fountainhead, so to speak. Just don’t tell any of the Bartolinis that you’re heading this way. If word gets out that Zia is entertaining special guests, we’ll have to share and it could get ugly. 🙂

  22. Awesome answers you two!
    Limoncello and his mothers art works just make that memory. What a cool place to have a honeymoon too. (Did I imagine it, or did you say a long time ago that you would be coming back to Australia for a wedding anniversary down the track? I hope Sydney is included!)
    I love Dr Who…and just quietly it still scares me just a little sometimes… shhh.
    Thanks for playing, and the kind words 🙂

    • You’re welcome. It was fun. We are planning to celebrate our 10th in Sydney, so 2013. Of course we’d include wine tasting too. When we went to Melbourne we spent two days in Yarra, and then drove the Great Ocean Road.

  23. Courtney says:

    We’ve done that a couple times before, just told the waiter to order for us – and both times, amazing! (and expensive). And I love that Katherine loves Harry Potter.

  24. What a fun blog to read – you didn’t need a recipe this time. Nice to learn more about two of my favorite bloggers.

  25. I really enjoyed reading this… Makes you guys seem more personable. Sometimes you just come off as foodie gods. 😉

  26. limpd says:

    Let me see if I read this correctly … different ways to make steak and potatoes, chips and chocolate, Harry Potter and Dr. Who. Rufus you are one lucky man!

  27. I wish you guys lived on my block!

  28. jo-lyn says:

    salty and sweet, the perfect combination! 😉

  29. Charles says:

    So fun to find out a little more about you and Katherine, Greg. Thanks for sharing! Nice to see that we share the same “ideal birthday menu”. Steak, potatoes… you don’t need much else!

  30. Sissi says:

    I have greatly enjoyed reading your answers. As usually your sense of humour makes one forget about the grey weather outside. I am very happy to know you a bit more and would love to get hold of this green family recipes journal 😉

  31. SimpleP says:

    This is a fun read! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Amy says:

    This is so cute 🙂

  33. I’m excited to read Cecilia’s answers as well!

  34. spicegirlfla says:

    I’m finally catching up on my blog reading and what a surprise! Greg and Katherine are coming over for dinner!!! I know, I know, you’re picking my place in the winter cuz its freezing cold up in ChgoJohn land!!! This was so much fun to read and learn more about you two. After dinner at my place, I’m coming over for both lamb and risotto!!!

  35. This was so fun to read! : ) You two make such a great team.

  36. I really enjoyed reading all your answers and learned something about each of you. It was fun.

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