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.

Plum Jam

What better way to use up a giant bucket of overripe plums. For how to can and basic jam making go here. Plum Jam 8 cups plums skin removed from 3/4 cut into small pieces 4 cups sugar 4 cloves … Continue reading

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Halibut Fish Tacos with Rhubarb Cucumber Marinade

The marinade/sauce for this is a great way to get rid of some rhubarb and tastes fantastic. Rhubarb Cucumber and Chili Marinade 3 stalks rhubarb chopped roughly 1 medium cucumber chopped roughly 4 shallots 1 large hot green chili or … Continue reading

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Pit Beef

Pit beef is normally found around Baltimore. For the true experience, make the horseradish cream from scratch and cook the tri-tip directly over the coals the whole time. I believe that it should still be slow smoked, keeping the temperature … Continue reading

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Lamb Chops with Porcini Mushrooms

This requires 1/2 lb of fresh porcini — no substitutions. Seared Lamb Chops with Porcini Mushrooms 4 lamb chops 1 1/2″ thick 1/2 lb porcini mushrooms sliced into large bites 4 garlic scapes chopped fine 4 tbsp butter 2 oz … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: The Outdoors Comes Inside

By Katherine Our yard is in full bloom. We’ve pulled garlic and scallions, and our blueberries are so close. (They’re just outside the kitchen door, so that counts.) What else is going on this month in our kitchen? Local sodas… … Continue reading

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Fava Bean and Fennel Slaw

This is a fantastic salad that goes well with many grilled meats, fish especially. When choosing fava beans pick the youngest possible. If the beans are not bright green inside remove the white second shell as well. Fava and Fennel … Continue reading

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Fish Chowder

Recently I bought a halibut. Here is a good way to use the bones and bits. Fish Chowder for broth 24 clams washed 1 lemon 1 8-10 lb halibut carcass chopped into small pieces Fronds from 1 bulb fennel 1 … Continue reading

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