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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.

Eggplant Balls with Red Pepper Sauce

These are perfect as an appetizer, first course or as tapas. You could also include them in a sporting event party for people who would rather eat good food than watch sporting events. Eggplant “Meat” balls with Red Pepper Sauce … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: Sweet Potatoes

The garlic came in the mail so it was time to pull the sweet potatoes. Although they did yield a pretty good harvest I will not plant them again unless there is an isolated space for them to grow. I … Continue reading

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Pear Jam with Ginger

A coworker unloaded a bunch of deformed overripe pears a few days ago. Time to make jam. If you do not know how to can then go here. Pear Jam with Ginger 8 cups pears peeled. cored and finely diced … Continue reading

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Berry Bars

We always seem to have a few bags of frozen cranberries around this time of year that we want use up before we start seeing them on store shelves again. We like desserts that use other fruits too to help … Continue reading

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Pasta Alla Norma

This is a quick and simple way to use an eggplant. The sauce is fantastic over fusilli pasta but any long thick noodle will work. The recipe was inspired by the New York Times one here. Pasta All Norma 1 … Continue reading

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Grilled Halibut with Pepper Harissa sauce

This is a fantastic spicy sauce that takes advantage of grilled peppers. It is a perfect match for fresh Halibut steaks that Katherine’s coworker brought back from Seattle. Have we mentioned we love this coworker? The sauce would also work … Continue reading

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Fried Brown Rice

This is a simple dish that uses up leftover rice. It can have many different ingredients added or substituted in it. Fried Brown Rice 2 cups cooked brown rice 2 eggs beaten with 1 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp garlic … Continue reading

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