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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.

Sesame Crusted Tofu

This is a great appetizer or small plate. The dipping sauce can be hotter if desired just add more dried pepper. Sesame Crusted Tofu 1 lb firm tofu pressed for at least 8 hours 1tbsp ginger minced 3 cloves garlic … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

Use smaller acorn squash to turn this into a first course. The amount of feta is a suggestion, more is always allowed. Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash 1 1/2 lbs acorn squash sliced in half seeds and pulp scooped out 1 … Continue reading

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Salmon Cakes with Tahini Sauce

This is a great way to use up leftover grilled salmon. The finished cakes can just be baked if you want a healthier option. Just place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Salmon Cakes with Tahini Cream Sauce 1 lb … Continue reading

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Maple Grilled Salmon Steaks

This is a simple marinade for any strong flavored fish. Grill over direct heat to caramelize the syrup. Maple Cider Marinade 3-4 1 1/2″ salmon steaks 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup hard apple cider 4 tbsp maple syrup 1 … Continue reading

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Ground Cherry Sauce

This sauce is excellent over multiple types of meat. Here it is on some roast chicken breast but really the sky is the limit. Ground cherries are very interesting. They behave much like unripe cherry tomatoes and it is no … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Farro Risotto

There are a number of smaller pumpkin varieties in the pacific northwest, the type pictured is roughly 3-5 lbs and about the size of a cannon ball. Any type of pumpkin will work for this, just harvest enough flesh for … Continue reading

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Fennel Lemon Gimlet

We had some leftover fennel simple syrup after making fennel lemonade so naturally we thought we’d mix it with gin. The herbal notes of Hendrick’s really pair well with the fennel notes of the syrup. That’s our fancy way of … Continue reading

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