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.

Braised Ribs and Rigatoni

This recipe is adapted from Lidia’s Italy. It is a great way to cook ribs if you are tired of barbecue. Braised Short Ribs 1 rack pork spare ribs 2 onions sliced thin 1 head garlic chopped roughly 6-8 pickled … Continue reading

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Cheeseball with Pepper Jelly and Pecans

All sorts of different cheeses can be included in a cheese ball. Some go to choices would be blue cheese, Swiss, cheddar, and more cheddar. Diced dried fruit or fresh fruit soaked in liquor is an excellent addition inside as … Continue reading

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Water Velveting Chicken

This is a healthier way to prep chicken, or any meat, for Chinese cooking. The traditional way is in oil, but the water bath works just as well and is far easier to clean up after. Water Velveting 1 lb … Continue reading

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Roasted Pepper Quiche with Bacon

This quiche is so fun to cut into. The layers give a pop of color and the flavors are incredible. Use cream if you don’t have buttermilk. Roasted Pepper and  Bacon Quiche 1 pie crust 4 eggs 3/4 cup grated … Continue reading

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Turkey Salad Stuffed Mushrooms

This is a quick lunch or first course that helps use up some leftover turkey. Turkey Salad Stuffed Portobellos 4 large portobello caps cleaned and stems removed 2 cups diced white turkey 2 tbsp capers 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped … Continue reading

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Mashed Potato Pancakes

Leftover mashed potatoes usually don’t last long in our house. This year though we had a either a surprising amount of willpower or an extra large batch. We were inspired by this recipe over at Just A Taste. We had … Continue reading

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Cornbread Dressing Strata

We always make way too much stuffing and dressing for two people. After a few days and a few open-faced sandwiches, dressing can get a bit tired. Or we can get a bit tired of dressing. Here’s a great way … Continue reading

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