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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.

In Our Kitchen: A Rainbow of Drink Options

It’s summer. Your drinks should be colorful. Above is a mojito for the chef. Here’s some cider from a trip. Grab a clearance bin beer. This beer was aged in red wine barrels which gave it an interesting tart cherry … Continue reading

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Pork Chops with Grapes

Fresh grapes are the key to this simple dish. Pork Chops with Grapes 4 pork chops 1″ thick 2 cups small grapes 2 tbsp garlic minced 1 cayenne pepper diced fine 6-8 leaves basil cut into thin ribbons 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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Balsamic Filet Mignon

This is a great spice mixture to pair with the sweet balsamic sauce. Use a 2-3″ thick filet mignon or tenderloin cut of beef. Filet Mignon with Balsamic 2 filet mignon 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 tbsp black … Continue reading

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Steamed Turkey Dumplings

These are fun to make and taste great. Perfect as a first course, or multi course Asian feast. Green onion and garlic can be used if there are no garlic scapes around. There will probably be some filling left over … Continue reading

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4th of July Roundup

Here are some ideas for how to spend the 4th. Everything will include a common theme ingredient. For a hint think sauce. Pulled Pork Chicken Cornbread Calzones Beans    

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In Our Kitchen: Pickling, Garlic and Eggs

The title may seem confusing if you do not understand the use of a comma. I spent an entire afternoon canning 36 large jars of pickles. Go here for the recipe.This happened because when I bought the 20 lbs of … Continue reading

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Sunday Suppers: The Summer Sandwich Edition

Nothing says summer like a fresh tomato, especially when it’s between two toasty slices of bread. This week’s Sunday Suppers is an ode to the summer sandwich that glorious handheld bit of heaven whose time is way too short. Eggplant … Continue reading

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