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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.

Maple Grilled Salmon Steaks

This is a simple marinade for any strong flavored fish. Grill over direct heat to caramelize the syrup. Maple Cider Marinade 3-4 1 1/2″ salmon steaks 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup hard apple cider 4 tbsp maple syrup 1 … Continue reading

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Ground Cherry Sauce

This sauce is excellent over multiple types of meat. Here it is on some roast chicken breast but really the sky is the limit. Ground cherries are very interesting. They behave much like unripe cherry tomatoes and it is no … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Farro Risotto

There are a number of smaller pumpkin varieties in the pacific northwest, the type pictured is roughly 3-5 lbs and about the size of a cannon ball. Any type of pumpkin will work for this, just harvest enough flesh for … Continue reading

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Fennel Lemon Gimlet

We had some leftover fennel simple syrup after making fennel lemonade so naturally we thought we’d mix it with gin. The herbal notes of Hendrick’s really pair well with the fennel notes of the syrup. That’s our fancy way of … Continue reading

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Fennel Roasted Rock Fish

This is a fun way to cook a whole fish. Red snapper or trout would work equally well. Have the fishmonger scale and gut the fish for you to save cleanup. Whole Fish and Fennel 1 1/2-2 lbs whole rock … Continue reading

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Fennel Lemonade

By Katherine On Saturday mornings we hit the farmers market in town and each week I’m tempted to splurge on fennel lemonade sold at a stand that specializes in homemade juices and gives out free samples. But I always get … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen Part Two: Signs of Fall

Even small spaces can burst with flavor. We’re enjoying autumn crops, fresh seafood and decadent breakfasts. To get a peek inside other bloggers’ kitchens hop on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for her monthly roundup.  

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