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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.

Whole Cherry Pie

This is a perfect pie to use up a load of fresh cherries that may be a hair under ripe. Whole Cherry Pie 1 double pie crust 5 cups whole pitted cherries 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 tbsp lemon … Continue reading

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Asian Slaw

This is a good coleslaw for fish or any grilling with a tropical/Asian twist. Asian Slaw 1 bok choy sliced into thin ribbons 1/2 head red kale sliced into thin ribbons 1 lrg green onion halved and sliced thin 1/2 … Continue reading

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Pasta Salad with Kale and Red Beans

When we lived in the South, every potluck had about four plates of deviled eggs and at least two banana puddings. Here in the Northwest, whenever we go to a barbecue where people bring sides there are about 15 kale … Continue reading

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Roast Parsnip Soup

Here is an easy first course. Or double everything for a main. Roast Parsnip Soup 3/4 lb parsnip peeled and cut into large chunks 1/2 lb carrots peeled and cut into large chunks 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tbsp … Continue reading

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Irish Lemon Pudding

This is a fantastic dessert that separates into a fluffy cake on top and a dense pudding on bottom. Irish Lemon Pudding 4 tbsp butter 1/2 cup sugar 4 eggs separated 1 cup unbleached white flour 4 large lemons zested … Continue reading

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Irish Brown Bread

This is a dense wheat bread fantastic for soaking up broth from corned beef and cabbage. Or other meat stews. This is not Boston brown bread which is sweeter and steamed. Irish Brown Bread 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 … Continue reading

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Bearnaise Sauce

By Katherine I typically make Greg steak and potatoes each year for his birthday and try to do something slightly different each time.  It can be a challenge to come up with new ideas since we met in 1999. Surf … Continue reading

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