Rufus Turns Three

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

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

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

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

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

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 whatΒ 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

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?

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 so substitutes

Accept no substitutes

Why I loved it: Two words — blue crab.

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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55 Responses to Rufus Turns Three

  1. Congratulations! it’s been fun to be on the journey with you!

  2. sallybr says:


    what a great milestone, and so close the Thanksgiving, it is all a huge party!

    i might make your brandied cranberry sauce on T-day….

    again, congrats on your third year!

  3. G-LO says:

    Congrats Rufus! Keep on keeping on!

  4. Lauren says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  5. Ginger says:

    Congratulations! This was a really fun post to read, you two sure do make a great team! Keep on cooking and blogging; you really have a special marriage and a very special blog to proves it! Cheers!

  6. Happy blogaversary!! And thank you for the empanada recipe, it sounds fabulous! Keep blogging! πŸ™‚

  7. BrainRants says:

    Katherine, Greg… ALL of your recipes are MY favorite. No shit: I have an email folder I’ve migrated between three email clients with your recipes… all for “someday” when I try them. Please keep up the great site!

  8. G’day! Happy 3rd Blog Anniversary, true!
    always enjoy checking out what next you do! Enjoy!
    Cheers! Joanne

  9. Ruth says:

    Happy Blogday to Rufus FSG and many more. Cheers to you and Katherine! Superb recipes and libation always. Keep on blogging.

  10. Congratulations!
    I love your blog, I have tried so many of your wonderful recipes and they always turn out perfect!
    Thank you for the inspiration and here is to many more years

  11. Congrats on three great years – and a reminder of so many lovely recipes (especially the scallops)!

  12. Congratulations.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  13. debbeedoodles says:


  14. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy anniversary! Three is an amazing benchmark, particularly with your unbelievable track record of posting every day! I love the picks from each of you and that you described why, it made it lovely to read your synopsis and admire the food porn.

  15. Well, he *acts* like he’s…oh, wait. You mean the BLOG… πŸ˜€
    You guys are the best. Congrats on your milestone, and thanks for all the yummy fun.

  16. Congratulations! I can’t believe I found one place that aligns so well with my family’s tastes. And I can’t believe your constancy every day. Wonderful job, every day!

  17. All great recipes… I think it is clear that you all love seafood. Congrats on the milestone!

  18. egg me on says:

    Well, you guys don’t look a day over two. πŸ˜‰ But seriously – three cheers! You guys deserve a medal. Or at least a day off. Others have commented, but the fact that you post something every day is simply amazing. So, so, SO many great recipes. I can’t wait to see what the next 3 years cook up.

  19. Happy Blog Anniversary Greg and Katherine! And what a great group of recipes you’ve chosen out of so many, many wonderful recipes I’ve seen here, and quite a few I’ve tried. May you enjoy (and we, your readers) many more years of good food and fun. And hope y’all have a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

  20. Congrats on reaching the age of three and Happy Turkey Day. Eat, Drink, and Live Well!!

  21. Sherry says:

    well done. You always have interesting recipes, well worth the stop. And when I make them, they turn out! lol..

  22. lvaletutto says:

    Congrats you guys! You make a good team and tasty looking food!

  23. Happy happy! I’ll drink to that πŸ™‚

  24. easybaked says:

    Happy THREE YEARS to you! I love you guys and all of your creative cooking. I just bookmarked the empanadas– they look incredible! YUM!

  25. spree says:

    Congratulations Greg & Katherine! Three years and going strong! Hope you’ll keep eating like you are and inviting us to share your table! And best of the holidays & cheers to you two!

  26. Raymund says:

    Happy anniversary to you!

  27. Kristy says:

    Congrats guys! You sure have filled our kitchen with deliciousness for the past few years! Thank you.

  28. Somehow I missed this one! Congratulations to your and your blog and here is to many more years of sharing.

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