Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

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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.

Dude, You Going To Eat That? Dr. Ricky has been quite prolific lately, owing in part to a recent trip to New Orleans and his reports from the Big Easy. Back in Houston, however, he took a trip to Molina's with Jay Francis (our erstwhile Food Explorer) and was completely baffled by a queso puff. Hey, it's cheesy -- pardon the pun -- old school Tex-Mex at its finest!

Blue Jean Gourmet: Our new favorite local food blogger, Nishta has a recipe for grilled cheese that isn't at all what you're thinking of and is entirely drool-inducing. Consider your horizons expanded, folks.

Guns and Tacos: The taco truck terrier, sniffing out the greatest stands and mobile units in Houston, goes on the hunt for the elusive Tacos El Palmar. It's like Indiana Jones meets a taqueria. In the best way possible.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Speaking of taco trucks, Chili Bob leads us on a food tour of Harwin from Hillcroft all the way to Highway 6, hitting seven different stands along the way.

Blog Of An Aspiring Foodie: Ed went to Beer Camp this week. Beer Camp. The greatest camp that ever existed. Yes, we're more than slightly jealous. His latest post has all of his tasting notes from the camp that we weren't invited to. Thanks, Ed.

Beyond Beltway 8: Cory Crow hands out his annual Munchie Awards for food writing / blogging / eating / activities throughout 2009. Robb Walsh is mentioned conspicuously, which is the only reason we're linking to what is basically a bunch of pissing and moaning. But isn't most food blogging?

And on the national scene...

Texas Monthly: Pat Sharpe tries out the newly-opened Stella Sola and declares, "It just me or is this some of the best food I've ever put in my mouth?" Big praise coming for such a new place.

Dinner With Julie: Chocolate salami. Just think about that for a second. Now go visit Julie's blog and prepare for your little mind to be blown. If you served this at Christmas dinner, your family would talk wistfully about it for years.

Blue Kitchen: Speaking of Christmas treats, if you're short on cash this year (and who isn't) after buying holiday gifts, you can always serve delicious and inexpensive braised short ribs at Christmas dinner. Your family will have no idea that these luscious ribs are actually one of the least expensive cuts of meat. Blue Kitchen has a great recipe for them, too.

Daily Fork: You think you've seen fancy gingerbread houses? You think you've seen big gingerbread houses? They're nothing compared to the Grand Floridian's 3,000 pound gingerbread house, which contains -- among other things -- 600 pounds of sugar and 700 pounds of chocolate.

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