Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Guns and Tacos: Hilarious and topical (with pictures and captions that always crack us up), this is one of our favorite food blogs in town. Check out Jay's handy "Taco Stand Translation Guide" from last week.

Feed the Heights: One of several excellent Heights-specific blogs in town, this one concentrates solely on restaurants. This week, Theo is holding a "call for entries," looking for the most notable burger in the area. Have a suggestion? Let him know.

Es Bueno Houston: Although he doesn't always stick to Houston, we still like El Bueno Man's concise style and photo-heavy entries. This week found him trying -- and liking -- the food at Reggae Hut.

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: With fall on the way, Jen dishes out one of her favorite cold-weather recipes: a divine-sounding cauliflower soup. Excuse us while we scurry away to procure some cruciferous vegetables...

Blog Of An Aspiring Foodie: Yes, it's a few months old, but we still love Ed's entry on "12 Places to Drink Beer That Aren't Flying Saucer." It pairs nicely with last week's cover story on Houston's best dive bars, too.

Whole Fish: Chef Bryan Caswell's personal blog, which is mostly about -- you guessed it -- fishing. Except when it's about Southbound Food, the new food radio show on 1560 AM. This blog post is a fun behind-the-scenes look at the weekly recording of the show and how it all got started.

And on the national scene...

Evil Chef Mom: Despite the title, Krysta obviously loves her kids -- enough to make them food every single day that looks like it belongs in the pages of Saveur. Her recipes and photos will make you drool, especially this one for Baked Rigatoni with Spinach, Ricotta and Fontina.

Croque Camille: We've been addicted to this blog for a long time, and with good reason. Camille, a pastry chef, moved to France in early 2008 and has blogged about her food adventures there ever since. Her latest recipe, Cumin-Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sweet + Spicy Pecans and Bacon, is a result of a Foodie Fight contest that you simply must check out.

Use Real Butter: We will probably never host a dinner party as effortlessly stunning and lavish as this one, but we can at least live vicariously through the photos (and cross our fingers that we'll get invited to one just like this).

Man Eat Food: One of our favorite NYC food bloggers lets us in on a secret that Houstonians already knew: not every single part of New York has a staggering food scene. In fact, he takes the entire Upper West Side to task for being a "vast culinary wasteland."

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Katharine Shilcutt