Burgers are everywhere.

This blog is for anyone who loves to eat and drink. Included are my thoughts, recipes and mistakes and I hope they amuse and maybe make others think about spending more time cooking.

153 Responses to About

  1. thingswemake says:

    Hello. Thanks for commenting my blog. I am going to subscribe to yours because I like the look of it.

  2. rx4foodies says:

    Great website! I really like the informative posts on “how-to’s”!

  3. Great blog … I love it! Hard to tear myself away from the recipes and how-to methods … we have that exact smoker – I will be back! A quick note that you may or may not find handy is when I post recipes I use the indexed, tab feature when listing the ingredients to eliminate that huge space between each one. I searched all the themes looking for better form and then one day I spotted all the features up top when you are composing the post. It may not matter to you, but I thought it was a remarkable find … made me a happy lister of recipes!
    Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. jtbexp says:

    Thanks for such a great sight. I will have to refer to it for more some great food and drink ideas.

  5. I loved strolling through your blog……thanks for making my tastebuds dance, my friend!!!!

  6. Great stuff!! Really enjoyed your thoughts and photos. And thanks for checking out my blog too! Happy St. Patty’s day!

  7. Beezer says:

    Looking great over here! Thanks for the visit and I’m glad to have another source for inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. mommajcooks says:

    Great blog. I’ll be revisiting. I was also thinking about braciole the other day. Hmmm…

  9. Terrific blog! Enjoyable writing with a nice touch of humor. Always interested in food pics…nice job there, too. Keep it up!

  10. I’m so glad you visited my blog today so I could find yours! I’ve been cruising around a bit and find a kindred spirit in you. Gotta go make dinner (salmon, asparagus and mushroom risotto), but I’ll be back later for a better look! Thanks!

  11. Alyson says:

    Great blog! Thanks for visiting mine.

  12. karencooking says:

    I’m glad you commented on my asparagus post the other day, because now I know about your blog and can check out the interesting things you’re doing! I like that you cover a little of everything . . . especially the gardening angle. You just can’t beat walking out and grabbing a tomato, pepper . . . whatever, right when you need it. I also REALLY like that you keep it simple – the focus is on the topic at hand!

  13. Leo Cotnoir says:

    Nice blog!

  14. sandition says:

    Great blog, nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tessa says:

    Thanks for the comment.

  16. Gina Marie says:

    Love the site, I’m getting ready to create a blogroll and I would love to add you to that.

  17. genn says:

    Hi Rufus

    I really love to read your blog. And I’ve awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The related post is over at http://cadencies.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/versatility-my-forte-not/ .

  18. Katie says:

    Love your blog, Rufus, and love that you combine your gardening and cooking adventures into one. What zone are you in?

  19. ChefMom says:

    I love your header photos. The first page wine bar is fantastic and this picture absolutely cracked me up – out loud! I love it!

  20. Wow, thanks. The burger is from Melbourne. I can’t remember whether there were fries to go with…

  21. nutritioulicious says:

    Your recipes and pictures to go with them are great! Mouth-watering!!

  22. Its a great thing that you visited my post on how to make a Spanish omelet with chorizo cause that way I discovered your blog, and I love it!

    I wish one day I manage to have a blog as fantastic as yours, will take time but you give me inspiration!

  23. boogie. says:

    i love your header picture!

  24. Amy says:

    Thanks for visiting and making a lovely comment. Your blog is making my mouth water – seriously high quality food-porn you have here! I wonder if you’ve come across http://www.theydrawandcook.com? Think you might enjoy it if you’re into visual and literal deliciousness.

  25. SimpleP says:

    Thanks for posting on my blog, otherwise I may never have found you. Absolutely gorgeous site! So much eye candy and great information. I could find myself spending quite a bit of time here.

  26. Britt says:

    do you have a twitter I can follow?

  27. wee eats says:

    Hey Rufus,
    I noticed you don’t have an RSS feed ~

  28. Julia's Apprentice says:

    Thanks for commenting on my very first post of my blog : http://masterrecipes.wordpress.com

    your blog is way too far wonderful! your recipes are amazing! Well, seems like, you’ve won lots of battles!

  29. Great Blog! I love it!

  30. Hi Rufus! Thanks for the comment! Especially thankful that it lead me to your blog…. what a great site! The recipes and the pictures to go along with it are really quite beautiful. I am new to this whole bloggy blog world so I really appreciated you reaching out. Looking forward to hopefully continue to share ideas!

  31. Hi Rufus. Thanks for a cool site, I will try out some of your cooking tips when I can, as on the road travelling Thailand at the moment. I look forward to more of your posts. From Allan Rufus and his spirit guide.

  32. pinnary says:

    hey your blog really make me hungry !! I like the Cordon bleu one ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. jennrambles says:

    The pictures on your blog are fantastic! Do you take them yourself? What type of camera do you use? Oh, and your recipes look great too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. akitchenincabbagetown says:

    Thanks for the nice comment. So glad it brought me to your blog, it’s fantastic! These recipes look amazing!

  35. kesliel says:

    Thanks for the comment! Looked through your recipes, and they look delicious—you wouldn’t happen to have a good recipe for zucchini flowers, would you?

  36. tmeach says:

    Thanks for the ‘hello’ over on my blog…I’ve loved reading through your blog…especially the ‘how to’ section! Keep up the great work…I look forward to following!

  37. wanderlust82 says:

    This picture is great. Love what I’ve seen so far when looking through your blog. You definitely have a new follower.

  38. Abby says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment. Loving what I see here so far…you’ve got a new follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Jathan Fink says:

    Great blog! I wondered who you were when I saw your comment on my blog, so I wanted to check it out. Thanks for your kind words and I’m looking forward to reading more by you too.

  40. Kelly Anne says:

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I love your recipes, they look absolutely delicious!

  41. Such a delicious looking blog!! And a confession, I simply ADORE men who cook! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll try some of your recipes.

  42. Hello! And thanks for your comments on my blog.
    Hey, I checked here to see what you would recommend to drink with buttered beet greens, but alas!!! I cannot find one reference to beets, at all!!!
    However, I did find that wonderful recipe for sweet potatoes sans marshslop, as we call it, and I thank you for that. We prefer baked, buttered, and cinnamon-ed, but I know we will love this, too.
    Great photo in the header–great photography everywhere–keep it up!

    • Thanks, there’s a reason there are no beet greens, we haven’t tried them. I love kale, but my wife doesn’t so the whole greens thing is something I’m trying to bring her around on. I love greens. There’s a beans and greens soup, she’ll eat. That’s on here. She also apparently loved beets so much as a kid she won’t eat them now. Depending on what you’re serving a nice buttery, not overly oaked chard may do well. Or maybe a nice Sauvignon Blanc. We love our sweet potatoes that way too.

      • Our beets often land on the table with something chicken, so a white would be good. That reminds me my mom’s recipe for pear should be nearly ready…lots of beautiful pears last year…hmm. I guess I got confused because I thought of beets, strong and full, but the greens are mild and almost sweet. Yes, the pear would be grand, I think! Thanks!

  43. Staci says:

    Thanks for your comment on my cake; great site. Can’t wait to try some of this stuff out!

  44. Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog and I love visiting your blog as well. Good food and great ideas, thank you!

  45. Julia's Apprentice says:

    omg! yeah, I didn’t realize the heat .. I should try again. Thank you so much. Oh, tmr is boeuf bourgignon … exciting about it. ^^

  46. P. Graham says:

    Keep up the fantastic work! As a lover of food and drank, I am definitely going to keep checking in ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Thanks for commenting on my silly mommy blog. Your recipes look amazing!

  48. I really enjoy both the content and format of your blog. Thanks for the comment on mine–it’s what led me to check yours out! I just subscribed, so keep the great posts coming!!

  49. ....RaeDi says:

    Thanks for stopping by, I love your site…your name is special, I love the Rufus Hummingbirds that visit us each year….if you come back be sure to look up the picture(s) of the male hummingbird I have posted on my blog ~ http://raedi.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/a-sneal-peak-of-spring/) I have hundreds of pictures of my hummingbirds that need to be posted, I will get it done one of these days and I will be returning at times to see what you have posted….RaeDi

  50. Excellent blog. Love the Boston Baked Beans. Looking forward to reading more.

  51. trevorhunt says:

    Hi Rufus, Thanks for stopping by on my blog. What can l say…wow…this is a blog and a half! I will keep taking a peep but l am careful with what l eat so anything to do with pigs feet,cheeks,etc, veal or any young animal come to that is really out of bounds with me! Still, looks like you have 101 other recipes for me to have a go at. Will call by again soon.

  52. easybaked says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all of your kind comments on my blog! This blog is amazing– you cook things I’ve never even heard of! I might have to try the deviled egg recipe soon though (I have heard of those…!) the horseradish sounds like a perfect addition to those! Thanks again! Just subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. c & s W says:

    Great blog – very straightforward recipes and nice food photography. Am an avid cook as well, so I’ve signed up. Are you still in Australia? You’re latest posts suggest springtime (so I think not) but your burger photo seems clearly in Oz (myChemist).

  54. Thank you so much for visiting theinternationallymindedamerican and for your kind comments! Your blog is wonderful and I’m happy to be a subscriber now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the great insight into food!

  55. tfyvie says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog…as you can see, I’m quite new to it. Hopefully I can keep up the inspiration to make it worthwhile to continue and end up with a blog like yours!

  56. Veronika says:

    Good morning and thank you for visiting my blog, not least because it brought me to yours – it’s always great to meet fellow epicurians (in the new meaning of the word!) on the net!

    All the best,

  57. Thank you, gracias, grazie mille and merci beaucoup! Iยดve finally cracked the link thing. Hurrah! Appreciate you pointing me in the right direction. Will be linking all over the place now!

  58. Lu says:

    Thanks for finding and leaving a comment on my Pink Tornadoes blog – I’m very lucky that you did, because you seem to have a wealth of information and wonderful recipes on your blog that I suspect I shall be tapping into on a regular basis! Nice one!

  59. YogaEssence says:

    Okay, I’m hooked! I’ll be trying a multitude of your recipes. The hard part is going to be deciding which to try first.

  60. I just found your blog through foodpress – really enjoyed poking around. My dad’s family is from southern Italy, and I too have the same theory that it has something to do with why I love southern greens so much – even though I was born and raised in NYC.

  61. Hey Rufus,

    Thanks for the comments on my site and I’m enjoying what I have read of yours so far. Keep in touch man.


  62. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. It is one that I always look forward to seeing what you have to offer next. Your photos are beautiful and inspiring and your creations always cause a smile. Btw, I just wanted to let you know that I think you are a Genuine Blogger. Your blog is one of those “Must Reads”. Celebrate your blog, as it is comes across to the reader as heartfelt and genuine. There are no rules with this honor. Accept it and relish in the thought that your blog is โ€œaward worthyโ€ without having any strings attached. It is an award that I hope allows recipients to know that their work is appreciated, valued, and noteworthy by fellow bloggers and that does not have the pressure of “rules and requirements” to follow. It is to be received and valued as the gift and honor in which it is intended. You may post a bagde on your blog to display to others of this award you have won if you would like. If you choose to give this award to a deserving fellow blogger, please do so with no โ€œrules.โ€ Award it to someone for his or her genuineness in blogging. Free and clear.

    Here is the post that explains the reasoning behind this award: https://justramblinpier.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/genuine-recognition/ .

    Here is the “badge/button” for your Genuine Blogger Award if you would like. http://justramblinpier.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/genuine-blogger-award.png

    Congrats and enjoy!
    Just Ramblinโ€™

  63. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! Your blog and pictures are awesome! I love finding and trying out new recipes. Can’t wait to try out some of yours!
    All the best,

  64. Miel Store says:

    Great blog….!! Keep working.

  65. I’d really love to get in touch with you and ask you a few odds and ends about your blog. Would you be willing to email me? Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ theonyxplate@gmail.com

  66. I just discovered this blog when you commented on my blog. This is great, and I am seriously thinking about making myself a blackberry mint julep right now! Thanks for reading, by the way!

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  68. Hey! I am finally getting around to commenting here (or did I do that already?) as you left a comment on my blog a ways back (in re: garlic scapes pesto).
    I haven’t had much chance to go through much of your blog, but I like what I have seen.
    Also will be linking to your blog on the “Yummy” section of my blogroll.
    THANKS! My old tomato pie recipe grows tiresome, so I can’t wait to try yours.

  69. eva626 says:

    i never came by this page! lol

  70. rene says:

    Hi Greg, I am Rene.Lynch@latimes.com and I would like to use your fig tart in Thursday’s paper. Can you please send me an e-mail confirming the spelling of your first and last name, and how you want the name of your food blog to read? (“Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide”?) And let me know what town you currently live in. If you would like copies of Thursday’s paper, also shoot me your address and I will get those in the mail to you. Thanks in advance fo ryour time, rene

  71. WOW. I am so glad for you, for this huge compliment. You go, guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. ray says:

    This is the first time I’m visiting your blog. I noticed your comments on some of my favorite blogs and that’s what lead me to yours. I’m glad that I did. You have a good looking site and I’m sure I will be reading your posts. Thank you.

  73. Androgoth says:

    I think that this will be an interesting place to rest my
    weary bones, perhaps at dawn when I am ready to take
    on a few relaxing moments after a night of hunting…

    Just kidding, I will call again and have a browse through
    your many recipes, they are certainly a lot different to the
    one’s I add but nevertheless I am sure that I will enjoy my
    stay here… I hope that there will be lots of Champagne
    amongst the gourmet styled luncheons and quick snacks ๐Ÿ™‚


  74. Wow, I am in awe of your site! Any advice for a new comer? I sure could use the help.

  75. hey there, hows it going? I just came across your stuffed chicken legs….wow I am definetly goona try this!!! And the peach schnapps with the squash is interesting…thanks!!

  76. wee eats says:

    was wondering if you had any idea how your rss feed includes pics (mine will not and it makes me a sad panda) โค

  77. Ed Williams says:

    any blog that promotes food and spirits is subscription worthy! love it Rufus!

  78. Conor Bofin says:

    I love it. Fantastic food. Keep up the good work.

  79. Just a little reminder, but I put you up for the “Versatile Blogger Award”! Hope you would like to participate! Check it out:


  80. Hi Rufus,

    Just want send you email but don’t where to send you. Anyway I like your blog it is informative, I love the tips and the recipes too…I also like you fanpage, I am recommending you to try to visit our site Erecipe.com and watch our video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr65w_yUs2E


  81. Sophie33 says:


    You are very talented & have a COOL foodblog! Your recipes rock!
    Many greetings from a foodie from Belgium! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  82. Hannah says:

    I’m so happy to discover your blog! Your recipes, tips and photos are all very informative and tempting. I look forward to reading more and popping into my kitchen with some of your recipes. Hope you’re having a good week!

  83. Hey Greg, how do you embed a video? It’s just not working for me and I can’t figure it out. Would you mind emailing me?

  84. pursuitofhappieness says:

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s been a pleasure reading you and I appreciate all the support you have given me on my blog.
    -Sush (pursuitofhappieness)

  85. Hi there Katherine and Greg, I’ve tagged you #foodbloggersunplugged http://breadfortheboys.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/food-bloggers-unplugged/

  86. niasunset says:

    Dear Katherine and Dear Rufus, you are one of my beautiful blogger friends. A Candle Lighter in my world. Thank you for being You and for being there. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  87. kdevries says:

    I think you’re accomplishing your goal; as I read your posts, I smiled and wanted to eat, drink, and cook/create! Good work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. I have nominated you for the versatile blog award. You can find information on what to do at this link: http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/3898/
    I really enjoy the blog…:)

  89. Good morning! Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you would like to participate, you can go here to see the rules. http://gluten-free-zen.com/2012/01/20/the-best-things-about-blogging/

  90. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award too! But I see that you have lots of admirers:)

  91. Alisa says:

    Hi Rufus, I love your blog and I nominated you for our Foodista’s drink blog of the day, I hope it’s okay with you. I’d like to tell you more about it but I couldn’t find your email, I hope you could write back. Thanks!

  92. Meenakshi says:

    I think this is one of the coolest about pages I have read. Straight. On point. Like ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Hey Rufus,
    I’ve passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to your site for the pure zen beauty of it. For all the particulars, you can look at the original post on my site. I imagine you’ve already received this and others often enough that you’re paid forward through well into the next decade, so whether you choose to participate is, of course, up to you.

  94. niasunset says:

    Dear Rufus, you are one of my nominated bloggers for the Liebster Award, Thank you, with my love, nia

  95. Rufus…I selected you as one of my top 12 bloggers…please check my latest post, as I can’t figure out to message you directly..


  96. I know you’ve received a number of blogging awards already, but your blog is truly a great resource and inspiration to me. So . . . I’ve nominated you for the 7 x 7 Link Award!

  97. Rufus, I have nominated you for the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award; check it out here:

  98. sheilaly says:

    I nominated you for a Kreativ Blog Award.

  99. scribbleofhappygoluckygal says:

    this site seems to be a food heaven.. and thank god im in:):):)

  100. Hello, I have enjoyed you blog a lot and want to share the love by nominating your blog for the “Liebster Award”. Please visit http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/liebster-award/ for the rules applied.

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  102. fivereflections says:

    I was guessing you we’re in Austin , Texas – now I think South Pacific !

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  104. petit4chocolatier says:

    Katherine and Rufus, outstanding blog! My mom’s side of the family were from Naples, Italy and I love the originality of recipes you have on your blog. Brings back many good food memories and traditions. Your photography and style of writing is also very impressive!! Love it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. hai there
    lucky me to find out your blog…
    i like your recipes and photograph!
    keep sharing and inspiring!

  106. laurasmess says:

    Greg and Katherine, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger (badly spelt but well intentioned!) Award, just because you’re so incredibly inventive with your cooking (plus, you’re funny and ridiculously awesome with alcoholic beverages). No pressure to pick it up if you’re against such things but… the link is here: http://laurasmess.me/2013/05/01/awards-and-acknowledgements-ii/

  107. gwynnem says:

    Thank you for sharing so many inventive recipes on food and drinks. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. If you’d like to read more about the nominations process, here’s the link:


  108. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I am already slurping through all of your recipes!

  109. ROBYN LITTLE says:

    Love your blog so much. Plain and simple and to the point, not endless waffling on about nothing. It’s the recipes that count and they are always fabulous.

  110. elyann14 says:

    Hi Rufus, great blog! I will be looking forward reading your food and spirits adventures! Have a great day =)

  111. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you. WordPress suggested your site being as we have similar viewers.

  112. Hi, I am so excited to have just found you!!

  113. I am looking at your spirits recipes. I am a good cook but not a good mixer. When the recipe says 1/3 Brandy, for example, or 1/6 Limoncello, it is a fraction of what measure?

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