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.

Houston Wok: Yes, there's a recipe for Korean stuffed peppers (which look like the kind of thing to which you'd quickly and hopelessly become addicted) today. But there's also this strikingly touching paragraph, which sums up why so many of us continue to blog day in and day out:

But it's the priceless intangibles that kept me going, the what seems to be unconditional friendships and love for food that we all share. The compelling stories that are told through food, the history of the recipes and certainly the efforts that go into earning our viewers interest.

Coffee Corner: On the occasion of his 32nd birthday, Mike ruminates on one of his favorite foods: chicken. Often thought of as the wallpaper of meats -- chicken is always there, always in the background, not really noticed or given much special treatment -- Mike shows a delicious and quick way to prepare this dependable bird for a weeknight meal.

The Wynk: Back from a trip in which she fell head-over-heels in love with England (hasn't that happened to the best of us?), Melissa finds at least one thing she missed about Houston: strawberries. See the varied and legion ways in which she transformed a crate of strawberries into some of the most beautiful foodstuffs you'll see today.

29-95: Chris has posted the second of his three-part series on the history of carbonara and how to make the perfect, authentic bowl for yourself at home. It's like Alton Brown meets the History Channel meets everything the Food Network once represented but has now beaten into a Sandra Lee-tainted paste.

Beyond Beltway 8: Cory is back with his list of food trends that he'd like to see catch on. We agree wholeheartedly with the second item on his list in particular: a sustained movement to make organic food low-cost. Organic food (and slow food) will simply never find a foothold in the greater American psyche or diet if the costs aren't somehow reduced. Farm-fresh eggs and vegetables don't just belong in fancy restaurants, where you pay $15 for a plate of microgreens. They belong everywhere.

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