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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.

Corpse Reviver Contemporary

This is a better option than the classic. Use a good dry gin and vermouth for this. In a martini glass pour a splash of absinthe, coat glass and drink what remains. Express lemon juice as zesting the peel into … Continue reading

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Banana Nut Bran Muffins

These are adjusted from Nourish & Fete. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mash bananas to a paste with oil and eggs. Add remaining wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into dry ingredients and mix to … Continue reading

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Mariner’s Octopus

This works best with little grape tomaotes that are halved at most but can be done with any size diced fairly fine. 12-15 baby octopus or 1 whole octopus can be used. If one large on cut it into medium … Continue reading

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Pickled White Turnips

Keep turnips whole up to the size of a ping pong ball, halve any larger. Make sure to wash and remove bad spots before parboiling. This is the ratio per 32 oz jar of pickles. Pickled White Turnips 1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Black Walnut Tart

This tart will work with pecans or regular walnuts as well. Top with whipped cream. Black Walnut Tart Crust 1 cup unbleached flour 1 tbsp brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt 6 tbsp butter cold 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp water … Continue reading

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Octopus in Red Wine

This works well with both a larger single 2 lb octopus or 10-12 small baby octopus. Cook the babies whole or cut the large one into 1/4″ pieces. To clean remove beak and eyes and pull out stuff inside main … Continue reading

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Spiced Slightly More Involved Carnitas

This works well with about half of a bone in pork butt. Use the bone to make a meat stock. Carnitas 3-4 lbs pork shoulder/butt cut into large chunks stringy fat/skin removed 1 dried ancho ground 1 dried new mexico … Continue reading

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Or perhaps a little further north. Gravlax 1 pound fresh salmon filet skin on 3 tbsp sea salt 3 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 cup akvavit or other herbal liquor/botanical gin fresh dill or other spice … Continue reading

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Indian Red Beans

This would be good with red lentils as well. Baked Rajma 1 red onion 4 garlic cloves 1 fresh green chile 1″ piece fresh ginger 2 tbsp coconut oil ¼ tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp sea salt  28 oz can … Continue reading

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Soy Sauce Eggs

This recipe is an adaptation of Momofuku’s eggs. The cooking time must be followed exactly. Fresh farm eggs give the best result. Soy Sauce Eggs 6 tbsp hot water 1 tbsp brown sugar 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 3/4 cup … Continue reading

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