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.

Pickled Radishes

So aside from kale the only thing at the farmers market worth buying is radishes. Luckily this helps them taste a lot better. This fills one normal sized wide mouth ball jar. Pickled Radishes 1 bunch radishes tops removed and … Continue reading

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In Our (New, Shiny Red) Kitchen

After almost a year of rental living, we’ve bought a new home and are seeing red. We’re typically earth tone people and love green, but the previous owners picked a red palette for the kitchen and we’re making the most … Continue reading

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Swordfish on a Bed of Creamy Lentils

Fresh swordfish steaks and morel mushrooms are the secret. Swordfish and Red Lentil Puree 2 swordfish steaks 3/4″ thick 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped fine 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 1 cup red lentils … Continue reading

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Oyster Soup

Oyster soup recipes are mostly cream based. Mostly. Oyster and Andouille Soup 1 lb shucked oysters about 14-20 depending on size 2 fresh andouille sausage sliced 6 whole anchovies packed in salt rinsed and chopped 2 chili de arbols chopped … Continue reading

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Roast Rutabaga

This is a simple way to serve rutabaga. any assortment of root vegetables will work. Roast Root Vegetables 1 rutabaga peeled and cubbed 2-4 carrots peeled and cut into large bites 1-2 potatoes peeled and cubed 6-8 small whole cloves … Continue reading

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Lamb Roast Stuffed with Dried Fruit

This is a great stuffing for lamb. I used a mixture of golden raisins, figs and currants. It can be topped with a light pan gravy as well. Fruit Stuffed Lamb 2 1/2-3 lb boneless lamb roast butterflied 2 cups … Continue reading

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Steak Sandwiches

Some people may feel that filet mignon is too nice for a sandwich. Not I. Filet Mignon Sandwich with Sun Dried Tomato and Blue Cheese Sauce For steak 2 filet mignons 8 dried porcini mushrooms 1 tsp coriander seed 1/2 … Continue reading

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