This week, we look at some delicious baked goods, including pizza, as well as some cute Easter egg ideas and another incredible barbecue road trip from some of Houston's beloved barbecue bloggers.
Fast-casual, create-your-own pizza places are popping up all over Houston, and the Houston Food Blogger Collective paid one of them a visit. Last Course Gourmet was part of that visit, and the result was a positive review of Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza at 9650 Westheimer. She says that Blaze offers good gluten-free pizza and, while it takes longer than the brand's signature 120-second cooking time, it's still very fast and delicious. There are locations across town, so you don't need to be on Westheimer to try it for yourself.
Nishta of Blue Jean Gourmet shared a recipe for pork chops with bourbon cream pan sauce that we simply can't wait to try out. She suggests brining the chops for a few hours before you cook them to keep them moist, and her son says it's worth making just to get the sauce. We'll leave the sides to you, but Nishta serves them with green beans, which sounds just fine.
Is it ever too early to start thinking about that Easter meal? Probably not, especially since Nancy of Tag Sale Tastes shared an overwhelming number of adorable and seasonal deviled eggs for your to choose from. You've got a few weeks to narrow down your top picks from deviled eggs that look like chicks, bunnies, classic Easter eggs, flowers, bunny paws, Easter baskets and Easter lilies. Don't forget to consider your own crafting capabilities; we'll stick with the pastel-colored ones for good measure.
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Houston's bakeries have certainly branched out into fresh-based pizzas, decadent "light bites" and, of course, a stunning array of desserts. If you need a refresher on what the bakery scene has to offer, check out Robin Sussman's Zagat list of seven top-notch bakeries that do more than just loaves. It's hard to pick a favorite off the list, but if you haven't tried Rebecca Masson's Veruca Salt Cake, you should probably head over to Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray, as fast as your legs can carry you.
The boys of the HoustonFed, Texas Pit Quest and BBQBryan blogs went on another barbecue road trip around the Lone Star State, hitting barbecue destinations like Kolacny Bar-B-Q & Catering in Hallettsville and, of course, Freedmen's in Austin. See glorious photos from all of their stops, as well as their thoughts on each barbecue joint, on the Texas Pit Quest blog.
Finally, start your weekend off right with a tall glass of green, tomatillo-based Bloody Mary, as seen on Honestly Yum. This drink uses "green monster mix," which includes the aforementioned tomatillos, cilantro, cucumber, serrano peppers, poblanos, green bell peppers, celery, spices and Tabasco. That'll certainly put a spring in your step, and it'll be an even bigger spring if you include all the fixin's on top, including chicharrones and Tajín for the rim and tacos and avocados for garnishes. Don't believe us? Check out the insane photos on Honestly Yum.
That's it for this week's food blog round-up! Do you have a favorite blog that we've never featured? Leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it.