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.

Robb Walsh: If you're still stumped for a Christmas gift, Robb Walsh would like to remind you that it's not too late to purchase an ultimate gift for the barbecue lover in your life: a three-day barbecue summer camp at the esteemed Texas A&M Meat Science Center. Tickets are $495 -- a bit steep, yes -- but the session includes lunch, dinner and lectures with some of Texas's most legendary pitmasters.

Homesick Texan: It's a Christmas miracle! After being a lifelong beet-hater, Lisa discovered her love of the sweet, earthy root vegetable through -- of all things -- a recipe for Ensalada de Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve Salad. Make this for the beet-haters in your life and give them a miracle of their own.

The Wynk: You have to love a post that's titled "My God, it's full of butter." Melissa shares with us her adventures in creating homemade cinnamon rolls from a relatively quick and easy recipe. How good would these puppies taste, all glazed and warm, on Christmas morning?

29-95: J.C. Reid blogs about courtbouillon over at 29-95, taking time to appreciate the Cajun classic in his typically studious but never boring way (see also: carbonara). In an interview with Jim Gossen of Louisiana Foods, Reid discovers the differences between the French broth and the Creole stew that's part gumbo, part etoufee and all good.

Professor Fish Heads: All this talk of foraging in the woods -- what about foraging along the Gulf Coast for delicacies? Both are rich areas for finding overlooked delights, and Professor Fish Heads takes us on a trip to find edible treasures like periwinkle and whelks.

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: Finally, if you think you've seen a big ol' food market, you haven't. Jen shares her stunning photos from La Boqueria, a big ol' food market in Spain that puts "open-air" markets in Texas to shame. It's almost like going on vacation...

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