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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.

Contessa

This is a fun twist on a negroni. Contessa 1 oz dry vermouth 1/2 oz gin 1 1/2 oz aperol Shake everything over ice and pour. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Pumpkin Hummus

We wanted to do Mediterranean appetizers on Thanksgiving this year, but regular hummus didn’t seem very festive. This was as delicious as it was pretty and put some little pumpkins to use. And to think some people use those for … Continue reading

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French Toast with Wine-Soaked Pears

This topping is good on French toast or pancakes. French Toast with Wine Pear Topping 1 pear sliced thin 1/3 bottle semi sweet white wine * 4 thick slices sourdough or Brioche bread 2 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 tsp … Continue reading

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Apple Mules

Here’s a great seasonal cocktail in case you need a little extra fortification for Thanksgiving dinner. We haven’t tried this in big batches, but if you’re expecting a crowd go ahead and upsize. Or just sneak off to the kitchen … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Menu

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:
That is only half the turkey We hope you all have a great holiday. If you’ve forgotten a recipe or still have room on your table for one more dish, we hope…

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Pork Meatball Soup

This soup has an excellent light broth that pairs well with the fatty pork meatballs and spicy broccoli. Pork Meatball Ramen 1 lb ground Italian sausage 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in 2 cups boiling water 1 head broccoli … Continue reading

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Pumpkin “Carbonara”

This pasta sauce is really creamy and thick and although it has no eggs it does taste like carbonara. Pumpkin Carbonara 2 1/2 lbs fresh pumpkin diced into 1/2″ cubes 1/2 cup red onion diced fine 3 tbsp garlic minced … Continue reading

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