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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.

Chicken Saltimbocca

We saw this dish made all sorts of ways. Some folks browned the prosciutto, some fried up the sage leaves or rolled up the chicken. Lots were heavy on the sauce. We kept things fairly simple. This recipe made the … Continue reading

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Marinated Mushrooms

We always have mushrooms in our refrigerator. Sometimes we buy too many and this is a great way to use them up before they go bad. Plus making your own marinated mushrooms is way cheaper than buying them from the … Continue reading

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Duck Gumbo

Use wild duck for this if possible. If using farm raised then do not use any butter in the roux and measure the amount of fat to 1/2 cup after browning the breast meat in a small amount of bacon … Continue reading

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Poached Whole Fish in Mushroom Stock

This is a great way to cook smaller whole fish like trout. Larger fillets can be substituted if desired. Either way serve with polenta in a bowl full of the broth. Poached Whole Fish with Mushroom Broth 2-3 lbs whole … Continue reading

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Chicken, Shiitake and Rice Noodle Broth Bowls

This is a fantastic light soup that is perfect for lunch, a snack or a first course. Yes, it is basically what ramen should be. Chicken and Mushroom Noodle Soup 2 chicken breasts deboned, skinned and sliced into thin strips … Continue reading

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Lamb Shoulder Chops with Mint Chimichurri

Here is a great way to combine the flavor of mint and lamb without using some sort of jelly abomination. This sauce would work well for lamb chops or for a rack of lamb. Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Sauce For … Continue reading

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Mini Monte Cristos

These sandwiches are pretty decadent so we made them in smaller portions. Of course we then ate two portions each… Previously, we’d only had them at restaurants, but some leftover ham and cheese from a deli tray inspired us. Mini … Continue reading

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