Author Archives: Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

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.

Crab En Croute

The dungeness crab season is way too short. Blink and you miss it and all the tasty, meaty goodness that it entails. So we were stoked to see some fresh crabs at our fish monger when we picked up oysters … Continue reading

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Oyster Dressing

Here is an east coast twist on the southern staple. Sausage and Oyster Cornbread Dressing 1 batch cornbread crumbled 1 loaf sourdough french bread cut into small cubes 14-18 large oysters 2 Italian sausage casing removed 1 large onion diced … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cheesecake #2

Here is a steamed version for those of you who like making things more involved. Pumpkin Cheesecake #2 For crust 1 1/2 cups ground ginger snaps 1/4 cup sugar 5 tbsp melted butter For filling 24 oz cream cheese room … Continue reading

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Slivovitz

This recipe is originally from here. The trick to this is using ripe, firm, perfect plums. Inspect everyone for bruises and bad spots before using. This recipe will roughly fill one large 1/2 gallon mason jar double or triple. Slivovitz … Continue reading

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Roasted Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

This is another example of Italian vegetarian. If you do not have pumpkin, squash or sweet potato will work. Roasted Pumpkin Stuffed Shells 2 lb pumpkin cleaned, skinned and chopped into small dice 1 lb whole milk ricotta 2 batches … Continue reading

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Steak with Heirloom Tomato Salad

This requires ripe yellow, red and green tomatoes. A really good cut of steak is also a good idea. Steak with Heirloom Sliced Tomato Salad 1/2 lb steak per person Assortment of heirloom tomatoes sliced 1/4″ thick 6-12 basil leaves … Continue reading

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Zucchini Cornbread

Here is a way to use up some fresh zucchini or summer squash. Zucchini Corn Bread 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter plus more for pan 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 large zucchini 1 cup all-purpose … Continue reading

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