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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.

Broiled Oysters on the Half Shell

Here is a simple way to enjoy fresh oysters if someone prefers them cooked and someone else prefers them raw. If you do not know how to shuck an oyster go here. If you do not have an oyster knife … Continue reading

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Winter Squash and Kale Salad

This is a great way to use a small delicata or butternut squash. Winter Salad 1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped into ribbons 1 small delicata squash sliced in to thin rounds skin still on 1/4 cup olive oil … Continue reading

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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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