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.

A Colorful Array of Sides for Labor Day

Since most other sites are all about the meat, here are some options to go along with the most important part of the day. Have a great holiday! Grilled Corn Cherry Tomatoes with Herb Vinaigrette Potato and Anchovy Salad Jalapeno … Continue reading

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In Our Kitchen: The Last Tomatoes

Our tomato crop was a bust this year. The grape tomatoes did well for a few weeks, but the crop was felled by a combination of too much rain in the spring and the oppressive July heat that normally does … Continue reading

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Venison Flank with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This needs a venison flank about two inches thick to work. Really fresh heirloom tomatoes help a bit too. Venison Flank Stewed in Tomaotes 2 lb venison flank roast 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp apple … Continue reading

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Chicken and Peaches

This is a great weekday meal that uses peaches that are slightly unripe. The firmer the better. Chicken Breasts with Peaches and Balsamic 2 chicken breasts deboned and skinned seasoned with salt, and a little cayenne 1 cup finely diced … Continue reading

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Poached Peaches in White Wine

This is a simple way to use peaches that are not quite ripe yet. White Wine Poached Peaches 3-4 small peaches skins removed 2 cups dry white wine 1/4 cup vermouth 4 tbsp brown sugar 1 vanilla bean Combine wine, … Continue reading

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Watermelon Sippers

A watermelon goes a long way in house of two. (Technically we’re a house of three, but the third member of our house is a dog with no taste for fruit.) We tend to juice a lot of the watermelon … Continue reading

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Stir Fried Tofu and Eggplant

This is another great way to use tofu and all the fresh eggplant from the garden. Tofu with Eggplant and Chilies 10 oz tofu cut into bite sized cubes 3-4 Japanese eggplant cut into 1/2″ slices about 3 cups 1 … Continue reading

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